Names In The News


November 25, 2005


Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, a surgeon and medical administrator, has been named chief medical officer and senior vice president of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Babineau comes to Baltimore from Boston Medical Center, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including vice chairman of surgery, chief of gastrointestinal surgery and director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Babineau had also been an associate professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. He was also surgeon-in-chief at Quincy Medical Center and served as executive vice president of Boston University General Surgery Group.

In Baltimore, he will also join the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Sister Karen McNally, RSM, chief administrative officer of Stella Maris, has been appointed chairperson of the board of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland.

Sister Karen, who had been HFAM's vice chairperson, succeeds Stephen Allen of Xavier Health Care Services.

A Sister of Mercy since 1962 and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Sister Karen has been chief administrator at Stella Maris since 1997. Over a 36-year career at Stella Maris, she has been head nurse, director of nursing service, assistant administrator, associate administrator, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Dr. Walter J. Stark, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named inaugural Boone Pickens Professor of Ophthalmology.

The endowment of the chair was made possible by $2.3 million in gifts to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine by Pickens, a Texas oilman.

Stark is a specialist in corneal transplants, excimer laser surgery and intraocular lens implantation. He is medical director of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and director of the Medical Board of Directors at Tissue Banks International.

Dr. Dana K. Andersen, professor of surgery and vice chair of the department of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the department of surgery at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Andersen came to Hopkins from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, where he was the Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor and chairman of the department of surgery.

His research on gastrointestinal hormone physiology has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, where he was a member of the Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section. Anderson is a reviewer for several scientific and clinical journals, an editorial board member for Contemporary Surgery and an editor of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery.


Danielle Wharton has been named director of operations for the Care Center at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and Deb Youngquist-Laverty has been appointed director of performance improvement at Bayview's Care Center.

In her new role, Wharton will oversee therapeutic recreation, clinical nutrition, dietary and support services. A licensed nursing home administrator with a graduate degree in health care administration, Wharton has worked as assistant administrator for the last several years and as acting administrator for several months.

Youngquist-Laverty will coordinate quality assurance, assure regulatory compliance and oversee social work, patient relations and medical records services. A nine-year employee of the Care Center, she has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling. She is also a surveyor for the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.

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