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Distinguished Alumnus Award 2010

2010 Recipients

Hideyasu Aoyama, SPH '69
Hideyasu Aoyama managed the directors of every preventive medicine department in all of Japan's medical schools prior to his retirement in 2003, including Okayama University Medical School and Kochi Women’s University, the premier Japanese women's institute for nursing and health. He has been an outspoken voice for worker safety, pushing to discover the etiology of the disease subacute myelo-optic neuropathy (SMON), a neurologic disease resulting from exposure to the drug clioquinol, which was associated with two epidemics in Okayama. He was among the few public health physicians who worked to establish the industrial origins of an outbreak of arsenic poisoning among Japanese children and to continue to bring public pressure upon the company that was responsible. His work eventually led to long-term treatment and care for survivors of the epidemic. Hideyasu has also been decorated with a number of nationally based awards in Japan as well as election to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. In February 1999, he was elected to the Bloomberg School's Dean's Alumni Advisory Council. Hideyasu has brought a global perspective to the practice of public health in Japan. Within one year of his graduation from the Bloomberg School he helped to set up a fellowship program for non-Japanese physicians coming to Japan. He reinforced his beliefs in cultural exchange and international scholarship in May 2002 when he endowed the Aoyama-Kita Scholarship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which has granted funding to students every year since its founding. Top

Jane W. Ball, Nurs '69 (Cert), '74, SPH '78, '80 (DrPH)
Jane Ball has spent her career as a pediatric nurse, educator and writer. A four-time graduate of Johns Hopkins, Ball focused her studies on maternal and child health. She began her career as pediatric nurse and advocated for children's health needs, working in the surgical emergency and outpatient units of Johns Hopkins Children's Medical and Surgical Center, first as a staff nurse and then as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She left Johns Hopkins to become the chief of child health services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health. In this capacity she oversaw the state-funded well-child clinics and explored ways to improve education for Pennsylvania's community health nurses. Ball then joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, teaching community pediatrics. After relocating back to the DC area, she joined Children's National Medical Center to manage a federal project to teach instructors of emergency medical technicians about comprehensive care for children during an emergency. For 15 years, Ball was the Executive Director, National Resource Center of Health Programs and Strategies, Children's National Medical Center (DC). In this capacity she directed the development of human resources, financial and program management for a department that provided services to Health Resources and administered state grant programs, advocating for successful methods to improve the health care system so that children get optimal emergency care in all health care settings. She is the author of Mosby's Guide to Physical Education, which won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Top

Joel Braunstein, Bus '03 (Cert), '04 (MBA), Med '03 (PGF)
Joel Braunstein received his MD from Northwestern University Medical School and subsequently trained at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He holds an adjunct assistant professor position in the Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine and is actively engaged as a researcher within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Braunstein is the co-founder and managing partner of LifeTech Development Partners, LP, a venture capital partnership supporting change in health care; a co-founder and managing member of C2N Diagnostics, an Alzheimer's diagnostics company; and co-founder and chairman of Centegen, Inc, a therapeutics company. In addition Braunstein was the founder of MedLink Consultants, LLC, a firm that provided strategic and scientific due-diligence to public and private firms in life sciences and institutional financial services. Braunstein has served as an advisor to Animas Corporation, the Medical Technology and Practice Patterns Institute (MTPPI) and the Coverage Policy Group of CMS (Medicare). He is the author of more than 80 manuscripts for peer reviewed literature and popular press. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors of Tivorsan Pharmaceuticals, Correx, Inc, and NexGen Medical Systems. Braunstein also serves as an alumni mentor to a Carey Business School MBA student and as a volunteer with the School’s Office of Career Services. Top

John L. Cameron, Med '62, '68 (PGF)
John L. Cameron is the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For 19 years he served as the chief of surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Joel obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree, along with his training, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has operated upon more patients with pancreatic cancer, and done more Whipple resections than any other surgeon in the world. His refining of the Whipple procedure, one of the most common surgical treatments for pancreatic cancer, has helped reduce post-surgery death rates from 25 percent to less than 5 percent. Cameron has held many national leadership positions, his most notable and recent being as president of the American College of Surgeons. He has also served as director of the American Board of Surgery and as president of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Southern Surgical Association, the Society of Clinical Surgery, the Society of Surgical Chairman, the Baltimore Academy of Surgery, the Halsted Society, and the American Surgical Association. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1975, he has been actively involved in its governance over the years. Cameron has made many contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology and management of benign and malignant pancreatic diseases. He is a member of the editorial boards of major peer review journals, is co-editor of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, editor of Advances in Surgery and author of several internationally recognized surgical textbooks. Top

Lynn Eckert, SPH '73, '81 (DrPH), Med '75 (PGF)
Lynn Eckert began her academic career at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She currently works as the director of academic programs for Partners Harvard Medical International and regularly travels to Lebanon, where she collaborates with the Lebanese American University, and to the UAE, where she helped to develop the governance and regulatory structure for the world’s first free health care zone. She was served as a visiting professor at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Cape Town, at the National Autonoma de Honduras. In 1994, she was named the Project Hope William Walsh International Fellow. She serves as a member of the board of numerous medical associations, which include the Academic Departments of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, International Medical Education Council, Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Eckert was the Annual Fund class chairman (1978-79) for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Additionally, she and her husband are co-chairs of the committee working to raise an endowment for the Preventive Medicine Residency. She is also a member of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council at the School. She has made major contributions at the local, national and international levels through her work as a clinician and academic administrator. Top

James F. Fries, Med '64, '68 (PGF)
James Fries is a Johns Hopkins emeritus professor of medicine and is internationally recognized for his Compression of Morbidity hypothesis, which is a ground-breaking contribution to public health. His research focuses on chronic diseases, mainly rheumatic diseases, as well as the aging process. He established ARAMIS (Arthritis, Rheumatism and Aging Medical Information System) in 1975 and continues to be the principal researcher on its two large longitudinal studies of aging directed at quantification of the Compression of Morbidity hypothesis. ARAMIS pioneered the concept of the chronic disease databank and remains the prime example of this investigative technique. Fries established Healthtrac, Inc. in 1984, to address the chronic illnesses of senior citizens. Healthtrac is the only four-time winner of the renowned C. Everett Koop National Health Award and Fries is the first individual recipient of this award. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Health Project, and as an expert advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and the Oxford Vision 2020 project which advises the WHO. With his wife, Sarah, he has established the James F. Fries Professorship in Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Fries is also the author of Take Care of Yourself and Living Well, both of which are directed at the senior population. His pioneering efforts have brought about significant revisions in how the healthcare industry worldwide views and addresses the process of aging and chronic illness. Top

William S. Greenberg, A&S '64
A retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, William S. Greenberg has enjoyed a 40-year career as a top litigator. He earned his JD from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1967 and has had a distinguished career as a trial attorney focusing his practice on corporate litigation. He is currently a partner at McCarter & English in New Jersey. He also teaches military law at the Seton Hall University School of Law. Greenberg has been recognized many times over by the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the governor of New Jersey with awards and appointments to various commissions. Most recently, he was sworn in as the civilian chairman of the 24-member Reserve Forces Policy Board, which advises the U.S. Secretary of Defense on reserve matters. Greenberg has endowed a fund to support to the Johns Hopkins varsity fencing team and created the Greenberg Family Scholarship, which provides aid to undergraduates needing financial assistance and Scandinavian students studying at Johns Hopkins. In addition, he and his wife have endowed the William S. and Betty K. W. Greenberg- Bologna Scholarship, which supports undergraduates studying at the SAIS Center at Bologna. Greenberg also offers his sage counsel as a member of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. Top

Allyson Hughes Handley, Ed '75 (MEd), '78 (EdD)
Allyson Hughes Handley is the 11th president of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). Immediately prior to joining UMA, she served as senior policy advisor for postsecondary economic development initiatives at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and also as secretary of the Kentucky Governor’s Executive Cabinet. A Toronto native, she earned her BA from the University of Western Ontario. Handley also has served as president of Cogswell College, located in Sunnyvale, California, and she was the first female president of Midway College in Kentucky. During her tenure at Midway, she was instrumental in creating and advancing Kentucky’s statewide Council on Postsecondary Education Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force and was named by Kentucky Monthly magazine as one of the twelve most influential women in the state. Handley also served as the vice president for university advancement and dean of the School of Education and Human Services at National University in San Diego. Additionally, she has held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins, McGill University, the University of San Diego, and Spalding University. In addition to her duties at University of Maine, Hadley is an active participant in a number of community and state-wide organizations, including the board of directors of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors of Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, the board of directors of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, the executive committee of the Maine Higher Education Council, and as a member of the Maine Women’s Forum. She is also an active member of Kiwanis and Rotary. Top

Edward R. Laws Jr., Med '63
Edward R. Laws, professor emeritus of neurological surgery at the University of Virginia and surgical director of the Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is one of the world's experts in the treatment of neuroendocrine disorders. Laws completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty with a primary appointment in pediatric neurosurgery at the hospital. He subsequently joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he developed major interests in pituitary surgery and epilepsy surgery along with a continuing interest in the metabolism and pathophysiology of primary brain tumors. In 1987, Laws became chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and in 1992, he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia where he established a Neuro-Endocrine Center. Laws later joined the faculty at Stanford University, where he served as surgical director of the Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center. He holds the following positions: president of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons Foundation, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and The Pituitary Society. He served as president and treasurer of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery, editor of Neurosurgery, and director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Laws has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Top

Morton J. Macks, Engr '44
Morton J. Macks has been an innovative and successful builder/developer for over 60 years. Macks graduated in 1944, at age 19, from Johns Hopkins with a degree in Civil Engineering. After serving with a Navy construction battalion in Okinawa during World War II, Macks returned to Baltimore and began to build shelter housing. With minimal financial resources, he picked day laborers and began building in areas like Hagerstown and Baltimore Highlands. In 1960, Macks was asked to purchase a portion of the Maryland Housing Corporation. He completed this deal and eventually bought out the other shareholders and began shipping manufactured housing all over the east coast. Chesapeake Homes was also formed to develop land and "stick build" homes. In 1969, he sold these companies to the Olin Corporation. After a short-lived retirement, he built a second business called Macks Homes. Some of his achievements include: the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Homebuilder's Association, founder of "Parade of Homes" and the Homebuilder's Institute; and two nominations as Homebuilder of the Year (the only person ever to be so honored). In the '80's leadership of his business passed to his son and son-in-law. The business evolved into its present form as a diversified builder-developer. The company continued its tradition of innovative land planning and large-scale residential, retail and mixed-use developments. Morty continues to serve his company, the industry and his community in numerous leadership roles. His success from the ground up is an inspiration to people working in the construction and real estate field at every stage of the game. Top

Erik R. Peterson, SAIS '81
Erik Peterson has a distinguished international career having recently been appointed director of A. T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, a forum of CEOs and thought leaders focused on assessing global strategic opportunities and risk management. He formerly held the CSIS William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis and served as senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan and non-profit think tank on foreign policy and national security issues. He served as director of the Global Strategy Institute. Prior to CSIS, Peterson was director of research at Kissinger Associates, the international consulting firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Peterson holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Colby College. He studied at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands). He serves on several boards including as fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Forum’s Global Risk Network. He is a visiting scholar at SAIS and played a lead role in the SAIS 2008-09 "Year of Water," which included a March 2009 conference on "Water and Agriculture: Implications for Development and Growth" and a publication of the same name co-released with CSIS in fall 2009. He also serves on the editorial committee of the SAIS Review.

The author of several publications, he is now completing a book on global strategic trends and their effects on governance structures in societies across the world. Together with Rachel Posner, he is author of Water and Energy Futures in an Urbanized Asia: Sustaining the Tiger (December 2007) and Global Water Futures: A Roadmap for Future U.S. Policy (September 2008). Top

David L. Rimoin, HS '64, Med '67 (PhD)
David L. Rimoin is the Steven Spielberg Chair and director of the Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as well as professor of pediatrics, medicine, and human genetics, and program director of the Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 1967, after completing his doctorate in human genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Rimoin was appointed assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He also created and directed the Medical Genetics Clinic at the Barnes and Children’s Hospitals of St. Louis. Three years later he moved to the Harbor-UCLA, where he initiated and developed the Division of Medical Genetics (jointly) in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition, he also served as associate director of the Clinical Research Center at Harbor General Hospital. Rimoin then took the position as chair of pediatrics (which he held for 18 years) and director of Medical Genetics–Birth Defects Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In 2004, he became the first director of the newly created Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai, a post which he holds to the present. Rimoin’s primary areas of research interest have focused on medical genetics, particularly short stature, skeletal dysplasias (a group of disorders associated with abnormalities in the size and shape of the limbs, trunk and/or skull) and connective tissue disorders. He co-authored the textbook, Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Rimoin is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. He is founder and former president of the American College of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Medical Genetics. In addition, he served as president of the American Society of Human Genetics, Western Society for Pediatric Research and Western Society for Clinical Research. Top

Stephen J. Ryan Jr., Med '65
Stephen Ryan currently serves as president of the Doheny Eye Institute (a top ranked research, education and patient care group of nonprofit organizations) and the Grace and Emery Beardsley Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California (USC). He continues to maintain a clinical practice with an emphasis on retina and macular disease and ocular trauma. Ryan has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Advisory Eye Council and subsequently chaired the Retina Panel for the NAEC. He has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions in support of the NIH and the National Eye Institute. He is a member of numerous ophthalmologic organizations such as the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and has served as president of several, including the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the Macula Society, and president of the non-profit advocacy group the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research. Ryan’s numerous awards include the Louis B. Mayer Scholar Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc., the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Senior Honor Award, and the Fight for Sight/Mildred Weisenfeld Lifetime Research Achievement Award. He has served on the editorial boards of Graefe’s Archives for Clinical and Experimental Ophthamology, Retina, International Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Ryan has established the Stephen J. Ryan, M.D. Chief Resident Fund and the Stephen J. Ryan, M.D. Scholarship Funds at Johns Hopkins. Top

Murry Sidlin, Peab '62, '68 (MM)
Murry Sidlin is credited with having one of the most diverse musical careers in America today. He began as an assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony under Sergiu Comissiona, and then became resident conductor of the National Symphony under Antal Dorati. He next moved to music directorships with the New Haven Symphony for 12 years, and the Tulsa (Oklahoma) and Long Beach (California) orchestras. After eight years as the Oregon Symphony's resident conductor he became dean of the music school at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in August 2002. Sildlin also serves with music director David Zinman as the associate director and program coordinator of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, a school within the Aspen Music Festival. A sought after lecturer, he has given major addresses at American Symphony Orchestra League national conferences and has spoken at the White House Forum on Arts Education. Appointed by presidents Ford and Carter to serve on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, he was voted national educator of the year in 1997 by the National Association of Independent Schools of Music. He was the host/conductor/principal writer of "Music Is ...", a 10-part television series about music for children that was shown for five years on the PBS network. He has conducted hundreds of opera performances, including Sidlin’s own chamber transcription of Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land," which he recorded on Koch CDs and a suite that he arranged from the opera on a separate CD with Copland's famed "Appalachian Spring." As a conductor and an educator he has been featured on NBC's Today, CBS's Sunday Morning, and ABC's Good Morning America. Top

Connie Tolles Siskowski, Nurs '67
Connie Tolles Siskowski completed a bachelor's degree at Montclair State University (NJ) and graduate degrees from New York University. She is the Founder & President of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers (VHFC) in Boca Raton, Florida. As a nonprofit organization, VHFC also conducts professional scientific research to help provide their participants with evidence based respite services and resources to help improve their quality of life. Her passion for addressing the needs of youth caregivers stems from her years spent caring for her grandfather as a teen. She learned firsthand that caring for relatives at a young age leaves little time for homework or friends, and brings stresses that greatly impact the youth for the rest of their lives. In the late 1990's, she founded an interfaith-based nonprofit organization, known as Boca Raton Interfaith in Action, an organization dedicated to helping family caregivers. Siskowski is also a research committee member for the National Patient Safety Foundation. Ashoka, an international organization to promote social change, named Siskowski a Lifetime Fellow in 2009 and in the same year she received the Purpose Prize Award, which honor social entrepreneurs who use their experience and passion to take on society's biggest challenges. The prize carries a value of $50,000 and was awarded to Siskowski for her continued work with the Caregiving Youth Project. Top

M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman, A&S '49
M. Gordon Wolman–known fondly as "Reds" by friends and associates–dedicated more than a half-century toward a breadth of environmental achievements. He became fascinated by nature and in particular, water, through the influence of his father, environmental engineer Abel Wolman, who was internationally recognized for his significant contributions to the advancement of sanitation and health throughout the world. Reds earned his BA at Johns Hopkins in 1949 and his MA and PhD in geology from Harvard University in 1951 and 1953. He worked for the USGS throughout the 1950s, but by 1958 he joined the faculty of his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, where he has served until he passed away on February 24, 2010.Word of Wolman’s death was delivered to the Johns Hopkins community in a message from university President Ronald J. Daniels and Nicholas P. Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, who said, “Reds and his father were giants. We are a far better university for the years they spent here, and far better people for having known and learned from them.” Reds was chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (DoGEE) for almost three decades. He was appointed as the B. Howell Griswold, Jr. Professor of Geography and International Affairs in 1975. Reds earned recognition for his considerable talents including the Award of the Joint Engineering and Architects Societies of Washington, the Meritorious Contribution Award and Distinguished Career Award from the Association of American Geographers; the John Wesley Powell Award from the USGS; and the Distinguished Mentor and the Cullum Geographical Medal from the Council of the American Geographical Society. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Geophysical Union. In 2006, Reds was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science for his research regarding how and why rivers change over time and how that change effects the overall environment. Top

Clarence Wooten Jr., Bus '98
Clarence Wooten has launched and operated numerous technology-based companies since founding his first company, Envision Designs, while he was an undergraduate student. In 1993, he co-founded Metamorphosis Studios, an interactive multimedia development firm, where he served as CEO and creative director until early 1998 when the company was acquired by MediSolv Inc. ImageCafe.com was his next venture. Touted as the Internet's first online superstore of customizable websites-to-go, ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999 just seven months after it launched. In 2002, Wooten founded Wirespan Communications, Inc., a company that installs and integrates broadband communications networks. Wirespan achieved a growth of 763% from 2002 to 2003 and was recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as the fastest-growing private company in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Wooten then founded CollectiveX, now Groupsite, a social networking and collaborative Web sites. Additionally, he co-founded and serves as Venture Partner at Venturepreneur Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. He has been featured in Forbes ASAP, Entrepreneur, CNNfn, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company magazine. He is also an avid supporter of the community and serves on many non-profit boards including the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Marathon Club, Howard County Neotech Incubator, Howard County General Hospital Foundation, and the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. Wooten is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board serving as chair of the Networking and Career Services Committee and has supported the Board and the School with various technologies for their project work as gifts-in-kind. Top