Hopkins surgical leader heads American College of
John L. Cameron, the Alfred Blalock Distinguished
Service Professor of Surgery at the Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine and for 19 years
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
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
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
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
The facilities will serve as regional referral centers
providing comprehensive HIV and
maternal/child health services to 5 million residents of
Expert on achievement gap to give Social Policy
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.
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
For more information and to register online, go to:
Children's Center to hold eighth Family Heart Party on
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
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
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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