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* Dr. Sidney Gottlieb has been named medical director of St. Joseph Cardiovascular Associates, a group of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who specialize in the treatment of heart disease at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Gottlieb is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, and received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Most recently, he served as director of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto from 2006 to 2008. He lives in Timonium.

* Catherine J. Boyne, president of Gilchrist Hospice Care and a vice president with Greater Baltimore Medical Center HealthCare, has been appointed chairwoman of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life, which operates under the auspices of the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. Boyne has served as president of Gilchrist Hospice Care, a GBMC HealthCare subsidiary and the largest hospice organization in the state, since 1998.

The advisory council was created in December 2002 and is charged with studying the impact of state statutes, regulations and public policies on the providing of care to the dying.

* St. Agnes Hospital has promoted Octavia Rector to nurse manager for labor and delivery.

As nurse manager, Rector will be responsible for the daily operations of the birthing center. Additional roles and responsibilities include providing mentoring for new staff and continued collaboration with the physician team, including maternal fetal medicine to allow for optimum care to all expectant and delivering mothers at St. Agnes.

* Three Johns Hopkins University researchers have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Dr. Harry C. Dietz, Dr. Lisa A. Cooper and Dr. Nancy Kass are among 65 new members nationwide.

Election acknowledges their contributions to medical science, health care and public health, as well as to the education of generations of physicians. It is one of the highest honors for the biomedical profession.

Dietz is the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research. Dietz studies how blood vessel walls develop and are maintained, with a focus on processes that contribute to inherited forms of cardiovascular disease.

Cooper is a Liberian-born professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An internist and epidemiologist, she has conducted landmark studies designed to understand and overcome racial and ethnic disparities in medical care and research.

Kass is the deputy director for public health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work focuses on research ethics.

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