* Dr. Daniel Dietrick, a longtime member of St. Joseph Medical Center's medical staff, has been appointed clinical head of the Department of Surgery.
Dietrick and his colleague Dr. Thomas Smyth were the first two surgeons at St. Joseph Medical Center to perform a da Vinci robotic prostatectomy at a community hospital in Maryland, long before the technology was commonly accepted for prostate surgery in the U.S.
Dietrick received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University and did his internship and residency at Stanford University; he also served on the clinical faculty at both institutions.
He and his family reside in Towson.
* St. Agnes Hospital announced that Cheri Hahn has been promoted to assistant vice president of Quality & Safety. In this role, Hahn will provide strategic and operational oversight for the Departments of Infection Control, Quality & Patient Safety, Risk Management, and Safety/Emergency Preparedness.
For the past six years, Hahn has held several positions at St. Agnes, including director of Quality & Patient Safety, administrator of Women's Health Services and manager of the Project Management Office. Before joining St. Agnes, Hahn was the commissioner of health for the Cleveland Department of Public Health, where she was responsible for managing daily operations for six program areas in five locations throughout the city, led development and implementation of new projects and services and represented the city on local and state public health projects and committees.
Hahn, who lives in Severn, is a registered nurse and a certified professional in Healthcare Quality.
* Dr. Mordecai P. Blaustein, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has received the Novartis Award for Hypertension Research.
The award honors Blaustein for his work illuminating the links between salt and hypertension. The doctor is looking to develop diagnostic tools that could predict which patients are prone to salt-related hypertension and also is working on creating new treatments for the condition.
* Dr. Dayna Finkenzeller has joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Finkenzeller earned her M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and recently completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Finkenzeller is a member of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her interests include general obstetrics, adolescent gynecology, colposcopy and abnormal uterine bleeding.
Finkenzeller lives in Baltimore.