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Dr. Robert Rohwer of Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center will receive the Scientific American Award, according to this month's Scientific American magazine.

For 30 years, Rohwer has done research on mad cow disease (found in humans and cows) and scrapie (found in sheep and goats).

He is receiving this award because he developed a protective mechanism, or filter, that might be able to cleanse red blood cells of disease-causing factors.

Rohwer is a consultant to the American Red Cross, Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, European Commission, Health Canada, and others in the pharmaceutical, agribusiness and biotechnology industries.

Bryan M. Soroson was recently named a fellow at the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Soroson is the senior administrator in the University of Maryland's Department of Neurology, a position he has held for about 23 years.

The fellowship requires some testing, demonstrating management skills and other contributions to medical-practice management.

Donald Ray has been named Maryland General Hospital's vice president of operations.

Ray, who has experience in operations and labor relations in unionized hospitals, worked previously as vice president of human resources and general counsel at North General Hospital in New York.

Ray will work with several departments, including pharmacy and respiratory services, imaging, material management and laboratory/pathology.

His professional affiliations include the Society of Human Resources Management, Health Care Compliance Association and American Health Lawyers Association.

Drs. Stanford H. Malinow and Barry Walters along with Deborah Phelps and Andrew Malis are new board members at Northwest Hospital Center. They will serve three-year terms through 2010.

Malinow is a general internal medicine physician in private practice.

Walters is a cardiologist and the vice president at Baltimore Heart Associates, P.A., in Randallstown. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has other board appointments at Sinai Hospital and Carroll Hospital Center.

As principal of Windsor Mill Middle School, Phelps has more than 30 years' experience as a teacher and principal. About two years ago, the hospital adopted the middle school, creating a chance for student mentoring.

Malis is president and co-founder of MGH Inc., a marketing communications firm based in Owings Mills.

Northwest Hospital is a regional health care institution, part of LifeBridge Health.

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