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* Dr. Chi Chiung Grace Chen has joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Chen received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

After completing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she finished a fellowship in female pelvic medicine, reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Her interests are pelvic floor disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms and minimally invasive surgical techniques for gynecologic and urogynecologic surgeries, including conventional laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.

In addition, Chen has an interest in international medicine and gynecological issues that affect women in developing countries.

Most recently, she spent time in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where she operated on women with obstetric fistulas.

* The Institute of Medicine has awarded the 2008 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Award in Mental Health to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the university distinguished service professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and professor of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Rhoda Sarnat, a licensed clinical social worker, and Bernard Sarnat, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, established the award in 1992 out of concern for the destructive effects of mental illness.

This year's award cited McHugh for his lifetime contributions to psychiatric scholarship and clinical care. The author of numerous popular texts, including The Perspectives of Psychiatry, McHugh in his writings has explored some of the most strenuously debated topics in psychiatry and social policy, including assisted suicide, recovered memories, addictive behaviors and sexual disorders.

A Harvard graduate who did most of his medical training in Boston, he led the department of psychiatry at Hopkins for nearly a quarter of a century, stepping down as director in 2002.

* Stephen A. Burch, former president and chief executive of a British cable and telephone provider, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Burch left Virgin Media, a cable and cellular phone company, which serves households in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, last year.

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