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* Dr. William G. Nelson, a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty since 1992, has been selected to lead the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Hopkins.

Nelson, who specializes in prostate cancer genetics and treatment, is nationally known as a leader in translational cancer research who, with fellow Hopkins colleagues, discovered the most common genome alteration in prostate cancer. The discovery led to new diagnostic tests for the disease and has fueled interest in new drug discovery and other treatment options, now continuing at Hopkins.

Before being named director, Nelson served as associate director for Translational Research and the co-director of the Prostate Cancer Program. He received a bachelor's of arts degree from Yale University in 1980 and, in 1987, earned his medical degree and Ph.D. at Hopkins, where he also completed an internal medicine residency and medical oncology fellowship.

* Dr. Nicole Sparano Culhane, director of experiential education at College of Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Fellow status is the highest honor ACCP bestows on its members. It is awarded in recognition of continued excellence in clinical pharmacy practice or research.

Culhane received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Medical University of South Carolina's College of Pharmacy. She holds a bachelor of science in pharmacy from Rutgers University's College of Pharmacy. She completed a specialty residency in family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at St. John's Mercy Medical Center at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

* Dr. Lewis H. Hogge Jr., a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been named medical director of perioperative services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He will oversee daily operations of the operating suites at one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Maryland.

Hogge has been on GBMC's medical staff for 16 years. As a member of the new Perioperative Services Executive Committee, his responsibilities will include developing policies and procedures for the operating rooms, participating in strategic planning and capital budgeting for surgical services, assisting with operational issues involving surgical services, and working to attract additional patient volume. He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Duke University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident.

* Dr. Mojtaba Gashti was recently named chief of vascular surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. He is a board-certified general and vascular surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all vascular disorders and performs the latest in minimally invasive procedures for carotid artery disease, abdominal and thoracic aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease. Gashti completed his general surgery residency at St. Barnabas Hospital and fellowship trained in vascular surgery at Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Union Memorial Hospital.

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