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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 13, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 7
In Brief


Hopkins surgical leader heads American College of Surgeons

John L. Cameron, the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and for 19 years chief of surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, was installed Sunday as the 89th president of the American College of Surgeons during its annual meeting in San Francisco.

With more than 73,000 members, the scientific and educational organization is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

An internationally renowned leader in surgical practice, research and professional development, Cameron is perhaps most identified with his meticulous development and mastery of the Whipple procedure, a complex operation performed on pancreatic cancer patients. He is believed to have operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and done more Whipple resections than any other surgeon in the world.

Cameron's research interests have included randomized clinical trials and clinical outcomes in pancreas surgery as well as basic laboratory research of pancreatic diseases, for which he has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health.

He is a former president of the American Surgical Association, the Halsted Society (named for the first surgeon in chief at JHH), the Southern Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Chairs and numerous others.


Jhpiego improves access to services at Kenyan hospital

Three thousand people recently joined the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Michael E. Ranneberger; Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, Kenya's minister of medical services; and Jhpiego and its partners to officially open a new Maternal Child Health/FP and Comprehensive Care Clinic at Embu Provincial General Hospital, one of 15 clinics being renovated in Kenya's Eastern Province.

The building has been transformed to include clinical rooms, a pharmacy and a TV for health messaging. An adjoining kitchen garden was created to train people living with HIV and AIDS in gardening and to provide fresh food to patients. The project was funded through the United States Agency for International Development APHIA II Eastern project.

The facilities will serve as regional referral centers providing comprehensive HIV and maternal/child health services to 5 million residents of Eastern Province.


Expert on achievement gap to give Social Policy Seminar

Ronald Ferguson, a lecturer in public policy at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University, will be the speaker at this week's Social Policy Seminar Series, which is jointly hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, the Krieger School's Department of Economics and the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management.

His talk, Race, Gender, the Achievement Gap and Social Behavior Norms in U.S. Secondary Schools, will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, in 526 Wyman Park Building, Homewood campus.

Ferguson, an MIT-trained economist, is the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard, where he has taught since 1983. His work over three decades has focused on social and economic challenges in urban America, especially on issues of racial and ethnic inequality. His most recent book is Toward Excellence With Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap (Harvard Education Press, 2008).


'Woman's Journey' health conference planned for Nov. 15

Registration is now open for A Woman's Journey, the daylong health conference presented annually by Johns Hopkins Medicine. It will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel.

The event offers an opportunity to learn about recent medical findings from Johns Hopkins faculty physicians, who will present 32 topics as diverse as "Eat to Beat the Odds" and "The Pill Box: Multiple Medications in Women," "Assessing Your Risk of Cancer" and "Matters of the Heart."

For those interested in earning continuing education credit: A Woman's Journey has received approval from nine professional health care organizations, including Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, Maryland Nurses Association, Commission for Case Manager Certification, National Association of Social Workers and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Conference registration for Johns Hopkins employees is $85.50, $75 for students and $95 for the public.

For more information and to register online, go to:


Children's Center to hold eighth Family Heart Party on Sunday

To celebrate progress that has been made in pediatric cardiology, current and former patients of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center will gather with Pediatric Cardiology faculty and staff from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville.

The purpose of the Family Heart Party, held annually for the past seven years, is to celebrate life while families share their experiences with one another and provide encouragement for parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with heart disease.

Sponsored by the Hopkins Family Heart Network, the event will include a picnic, games, raffle/auction, pony rides and a performance by Bob the Vid Tech from MPT.


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