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Dr. Harry C. Dietz III of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will be honored this month with a Hero with a Heart Award at the National Marfan Foundation's annual benefit, Heartworks: The Marfan Gala.

Marfan syndrome is a disorder involving the connective tissue of the heart, blood vessels, eyes, joints, bones and lungs. It affects the aorta, which carries blood away from the heart.

Dietz work includes being part of a team that identified the gene for the syndrome in 1991 and researching a medication for treatment. The research was published in the journal Science. This helped to launch a clinical trial study of the medication.

Dietz has been a member of the foundation's advisory board since 1993. He is also the Victor A. McKusick professor of medicine and genetics at the Institute of Genetic Medicine and professor of pediatrics, medicine, molecular biology, genetics and neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Cynthia Boyle, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and director of the Experiential Learning Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, recently received the American Pharmacists Association Good Government Pharmacist of the Year Award.

The award is given to people who contribute to their community through voluntary involvement in the political process.

Boyle was recognized for lobbying for a bill that expanded pharmacists' practice to include immunization in Maryland. She is trainer in the association's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Certificate Program.

In addition, she and Dr. Robert S. Beardsley designed a course named Effective Leadership and Advocacy, which prepares UM pharmacy students for involvement in political advocacy. This course has been modified for use at three other colleges.

Boyle is a graduate of the UM School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Carlos Ince Jr. was recently elected president of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC).

Ince, a cardiologist with Midatlantic Cardiovascular Associates, is on staff at St. Agnes Hospital. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

ABC is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the improvement of health care and heart health for people of color.

Robert J. Solomon was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Solomon, who is a professor in the Physician Assistant Program in the School of Health Professions at the Community College of Baltimore County, received the title for his outstanding work and leadership.

He has been with CCBC for 31 years.

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