Names In The News


November 11, 2005


Dr. Steven J. Czinn, a pediatric gastroenterologist, has been named professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Czinn comes to the University of Maryland from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he served as professor of pediatrics and pathology and chief of the division of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Keith O. Plowden has been appointed associate dean for baccalaureate studies at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Plowden, an associate professor who teaches qualitative methods and adult health nursing, formerly served as vice-chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. He has published research on men's health issues, prostate cancer, HIV and substance abuse.

Dr. M. Chris Gibbons, associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been elected president-elect of the International Society for Urban Health.

Established in 2003, the ISUH is a 150-member association of researchers, scholars and professionals from various disciplines and geographic areas who study the health effects of urban environments and urbanization.

Gibbons, who is also the founding director of the Center for Community Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership Training at Hopkins, is a member of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and was named a Health Disparities Scholar by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Lisa Dixon, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been named principal investigator in a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Mental Health to study the benefits of family-to-family education programs in handling the mental illness of a relative or loved one.

Dixon, a specialist in schizophrenia and chronic mental illness, will conduct the study in collaboration with the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill.

"We anticipate that the patients will have better outcomes because their family members will have a clearer understanding of their diagnosis and an arsenal of coping mechanisms at their disposal," she said of the study.

Dr. David Peters, a specialist in improving health systems in developing countries and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will lead an international consortium of researchers known as Future Health Systems: Making Health Systems Work for the Poor.

The group will be working under a $6.7 million contract from the Department for International Development, a British government agency that manages aid to poor countries. Over the next five years, the group plans to examine health systems in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Uganda and work with officials to design health programs.

Dr. Carl Weiner, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will be principal investigator under a $2.8 million federal grant to study pregnant women who are at risk for recurrent preterm birth.

The five-year study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will search for clues to the causes of a problem that affects 12 percent of pregnancies in the United States.

Weiner, who is also a maternal/fetal medicine specialist in the Center for Advanced Fetal Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said researchers will enroll 500 women who have had a preterm birth, which is the single biggest risk factor for having another child prematurely.

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