Names In The News


March 24, 2006


The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has named Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner chairwoman of the department of pharmacy practice and science. She has been a member of the faculty since 1984, and associate dean for academic affairs since 2004.

Rodriguez de Bittner holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico. She serves as a consultant to the VA Maryland Health Care System and the Pan American Health Organization.


Dr. Thomas Reifsnyder has been ap pointed chief of the division of vas cular surgery at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Before com ing to Baltimore, Reifsnyder was vice chairman of the surgery department at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Reifsnyder earned his medical degree at Indiana University and is board certified in surgery and general vas cular surgery. An avid marathoner, he was also recognized as one of the nation's Top 100 doctors by Mon ey magazine in 2003.

Jean Seiler has been appointed nurse manager for 5 West, one of three telemetry units at St. Joseph Medical Center. Previously, she worked as an assistant director of nursing at Union Memorial Hospital.

Seiler, a registered nurse for 20 years, is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the Mary land Organization of Nurse Execu tives.


Dr. Kenrad Nelson, an epidemiolo gist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has re ceived two honors for contribu tions to his specialty field.

Nelson was elected president of the American Epidemiological Society for 2006-2007 and received a Recog nition Medal from the U.S. Civilian Re search and Development Foundation for his collaboration with scien tists from the Republic of Georgia.

The foundation promotes interna tional scientific and technical col laboration, primarily between the United States and former Soviet Union countries, through grants, technical resources and training.

Dr. Trish M. Perl, senior epidemiolo gist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an authority on the cause, preven tion and control of health care-re lated infections, has been elected president of the Society for Health Care Epidemiology.

An active researcher, Perl has au thored or co-authored more than 55 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals. Her scientific interests in clude surgical-site infections, emerging infection prevention and interventions to prevent health care-associated infections. She is also an expert in issues related to bioterrorism and mass disaster pre paredness, and in patient and health care worker safety.

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