Lenox D. Baker Jr. is the new chairperson of the Johns Hopkins Medicine board of trustees, as well as of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System boards. A longtime Hopkins supporter, Baker, 60, received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the university. He is a senior partner and president of Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Ltd., a 10-person cardiothoracic surgery group in Norfolk, Va., and chief of the Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Sentara Hospitals, also in Norfolk.
Elected as vice chairs were board members William C. Baker, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Francis X. Knott, chairman of Partners Management, LLC; and Shale D. Stiller, an attorney with the law firm of Piper Rudnick, LLP. Stiller and Knott were re-elected to these positions. Traci Shanbrun Lerner, a founder of Chesapeake Partners, L.P., an investment firm, was appointed as the only new Johns Hopkins Medicine trustee.
Lenox Baker also is vice chairman of the Johns Hopkins University board, serving on its finance and executive committees. As co-chair of the recently completed Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign, he was instrumental in helping raise $1.5 billion for the institutions.
Baker currently serves on the board of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia and was a long-term board member of Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia before it merged with Anthem. He was the founding director and chairman of International Medical Prosthetics and Research Associates from 1974 until it was sold to Bard in 1996, is a founding director and chairman of the Tidewater Association of Medical and Surgical Specialists and serves as chairman of the 21st Century Care Systems Inc. He also is a board member of American Medical Services Inc., Surgi-Vision, FACE Medical, Episcopal High School and the Hermitage Foundation. Baker received his surgical training at the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his internship and residency.
The newly appointed trustee, Traci Shanbrun Lerner, is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and former senior vice president and head of the arbitrage department of New York-based Dillon, Read & Company Inc. After leaving that company, she and her husband, Mark David Lerner, founded Chesapeake Partners, which invests institutional and individual assets in corporate events such as merger and acquisition transactions, bankruptcies and reorganizations. Active in the Baltimore community, Lerner serves on numerous boards, including those of the Baltimore Museum of Art; CHANA, an organization that deals with domestic violence; the Harry Weinberg Family Foundation; and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She serves on investment committees of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Park School and Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
"Johns Hopkins Medicine is extremely fortunate to have as its stewards these outstanding individuals," says Edward D. Miller, CEO of JHM and dean of the medical faculty. "They bring to Hopkins not only their respective business or clinical experience and successes but also their individual commitments to helping Hopkins better fulfill its historic mission of education, research and patient care."