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Alumni in the News

Our alumni are doing incredible things across the globe! Here's a small sampling of what they've been up to. If you have any great news to share, please send it our way at or by filling out this form!

Six women and men who spent formative parts of their illustrious careers at Johns Hopkins—associated with the Bloomberg School during their time here—were honored in April, when they were inducted into the University's Society of Scholars. They include the first postdoctoral fellow in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the first lawyer and legal scholar to be inducted into the Society of Scholars. Among these distinguished individuals are JHSPH alumni Alain G. Bertoni, MD ‘94, MPH ‘99; Maura L. Gillison, MD ‘91, PhD ‘01; Maureen Y. Lichtveld, MD, MPH ‘86; and Leslie E. Wolf, JD, MPH ‘97.

We also celebrated the significant contributions and more than 50 years of service to the School by the following faculty members: Genevieve Matanoski, MD, DrPH ‘64, MPH ‘68, Vicente Navarro, MD, DrPH ‘68, Edyth Schoenrich, MD, MPH ‘71, and Susan Tonascia, ScM ‘76. Congratulations and thank you for being part of our incredible alumni community!



Renowned epidemiologist Chien-Jen Chen, an alumnus of the Bloomberg School (ScD ‘83) who is credited with suppressing the 2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in his island nation, took office in May as vice president of Taiwan, Republic of China. Chen is the first JHSPH alum to assume the vice presidency of a nation.

The Long Hello, a book by JHSPH alumnus Cathie Borrie, has been published by Simon & Schuster Canada and will be launched in the states in April 2016. The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. Borrie trained as a nurse in Vancouver, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in law, and has a certificate in Creative Writing from the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in addition to her MPH.

Alumnus Tricia Neuman, DrPH ‘93, MHS ‘87 shares her friend's complicated experiences in trying to choose one plan from three options within Medicare.

Jeffrey KahnAda M. Fisher, MD, MPH ‘81 has been re-elected to a third term as the Republican National Committeewoman from North Carolina. She is the first black woman to serve in the position.

Jeffrey Paul Kahn, PhD, MPH ‘88 has been named as the next Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Kahn is a renowned leader in bioethics whose work explores the intersection of ethics and health and science policy, including human and animal research ethics, public health, and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies. 



Peter Beilenson's recent op-ed piece "American Generosity on the Soccer Field" was published by the Baltimore Sun. Peter graduated from the School in 1990 and is the former health commissioner of Baltimore City and Howard County.

Myint Htwe, DrPH ‘92, MPH, has been appointed as Myanmar’s new Minister for Health. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health, Htwe held various positions at the World Health Organization, including director of program management and regional advisor.

Josephine Ensign, PhD ‘96, MPH ‘92 has a medical memoir, Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through the Safety Net, forthcoming from She Writes Press (Berkeley, August 9, 2016). It has been named the University of Washington Health Sciences Common Book for Academic Year 2016/2017. Ensign's book tells the story of her work as the first nurse practitioner to run the CrossOver Clinic at the Richmond Street Center in Richmond, Virginia in the 1980s. It also tells the story of her spiral into and out of homelessness. In Catching Homelessness, Ensign reflects on how this work has changed her and how her work has changed through the experience of being homeless—providing a piercing look at the homelessness industry, nursing, and our country’s health care safety net.

Dr. Ilise Feitshans, HPM, ‘96 was honored with the Ms. JD “Road Less Traveled” Award on February 18, 2016. The Road Less Traveled Award is given to a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional way to pursue an issue or cause that she is passionate about. The nominees need not be in legal practice. Feitshans is an attorney, global health activist, and international diplomat.

Debbie Ricker, PhD ‘96 has been named Hood College's chief academic officer. She is currently dean at York College of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Nurse-Findlay filming a segmentStephen Nurse-Findlay, MD, MPH ‘99, will be presenting a segment of "The Cure" - a television series done by Al Jazeera that highlights innovative, interesting, cutting-edge medical ideas, products and commodities around the world.



Lisa Purvis, MPH ‘00, completed a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont in May 2016. Her dissertation focused on evaluating the Fogarty International Center's Fogarty Fellows Training Program at Dartmouth College. Currently, she teaches for Dartmouth's MPH program and works on two educational programs with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam - the programs are funded by PEPFAR/CDC and NIH's Fogarty International Center.

Carole Fakhry, MD ‘03, MPH ‘06, is one of the leading scientists behind a study identifying a possible marker for recurring HPV-linked oropharyngeal cancer. A report on the study was published in the February issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD ‘03, FACP will become Governor of the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. Governors are elected by local ACP members and serve four-year terms. Working with a local council, they supervise ACP chapter activities, appoint members to local committees, and preside at regional meetings. They also represent members by serving on the ACP Board of Governors. A resident of Albuquerque, Chang is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, University of New Mexico. 

RajeshPanjabiMurray R. Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH ‘05 has been appointed Interim Asst. Dean for Clerkships and Core Site Development at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Berkowitz is a tenured Associate Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and OMM and is Director of Preventive and Community-Based Medicine. Berkowitz is also Vice President and Chair, Occupational Medicine Division of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine.

Congratulations to Raj Panjabi, MPH ‘06 and Sommer Scholar! He was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2016!


2010 – Present

Lawrence Loh's blog post "Public Health and Why Terminology Matters" was posted on The BMJ in June. Lawrence graduated from the School with an MPH in 2010.

Nate Hughes, JHSPH alumnus and a former pharmaceutical rep, wrote a compelling narrative on whether he played a role in today’s U.S. opioid epidemic. 

Christine Kim, MPH ‘11, was awarded the National Security Education Program's David L. Boren Fellowship, which supports a field of study identified as vital to national security. The scholarship is valued at $30,000 and is awarded to graduate students in exchange that the students pursue a career working in the federal government. The Boren Fellowship will allow Kim to travel to Uganda where she plans to complete a project focused on improving community-based learning.

Anna DionThe Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation recently named Anna Dion, MPH ‘11 one of its 2016 doctoral scholarship recipients. The Foundation focuses on exceptional Canadian students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, civic engagement, and a commitment to reaching beyond academic circles. Dion is pursuing her doctorate at McGill University and seeks to improve the quality and access to maternity care for marginalized women in Canada, especially immigrant and refugee women, and at-risk adolescents.

Brintha Vasagar, MPH ‘12, has been named one of 60 leaders from around the country for the 2017 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a national leadership development program coordinated by the Lyndon B. Johnson, William Clinton and George W. Bush presidential centers.

Alumnus Laysha Ostrow, PhD ‘14 shares her views on the future of mental health in a recent Q&A with Psychology Today.

Rachel Bergstein's recent op-ed piece "What It Will Really Take to End Cancer" was published by the Baltimore Sun. Rachel graduated from the School in 2015 with a focus in Health, Behavior, and Society.