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September 18, 1995

Physician, Wife Create Gynecology Professorship at Hopkins

Theodore Baramki, M.D., a specialist in women's reproductive health at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and his wife, Ingrid, have committed $1.5 million to The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to establish a professorship in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

The professorship is in reproductive endocrinology, which focuses on women's reproductive health and includes assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization.

The endowment of the professorship is a leadership gift to the Johns Hopkins Initiative, the $900 million campaign launched last fall for The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

The campaign, scheduled to end in February 2000, has received commitments of more than $386 million, nearly 44 percent of the overall goal. Commitments for endowments and capital needs, the primary focus of the campaign, stand at nearly $271 million, almost 53 percent of the goal of $525 million in those areas.

A native of Palestine and a graduate of Cairo University School of Medicine, Theodore Baramki was training at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem in 1958 when he met Richard W. TeLinde, M.D., chairman of the Hopkins Department of Gynecology. TeLinde urged the younger man to come to Hopkins for a residency in his department.

Baramki came to Hopkins in 1960 and, from 1964 to 1966, held a fellowship under the renowned in vitro fertilization pioneers Howard and Georgeanna Jones. He then accepted a full-time teaching appointment at Hopkins and has been on the faculty ever since.

In 1969, he was named co-director of Johns Hopkins Hospital's Prenatal Diagnostic Center, the first in the state. Baramki was named head of the division of reproductive endocrinology at GBMC in 1978.

In 1969, Baramki married Ingrid Ringe, a Fordham and University of Maryland graduate he had met when she was serving a residency in hospital pharmacy at Johns Hopkins. She began her career at GBMC and served for 12 years as director of pharmacy services at Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

"It gives Ingrid and me great satisfaction to be able to make this professorship possible," Baramki said. "It will strengthen the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, further its research, and benefit patients who come to Hopkins for help, especially infertile couples."

The first occupant of the Theodore and Ingrid Baramki Professorship is Howard A. Zacur, M.D., Ph.D., director of the department's division of reproductive endocrinology.

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