Names In The News


July 14, 2006


Dr. David L. Stewart, a public health specialist and expert on hypertension and diabetes in African-Americans, has been named chairman of the department of family medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Stewart, who has served as acting chairman of the department since 2003, also becomes chief of family medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

A veteran researcher, Stewart has served as the principal investigator for the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Agreement for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 1992.

Dr. Robert Redfield, associate director and co-founder of the Institute of Human Virology and Head of Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been named chairman of the International Subcommittee of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Also appointed to the panel was Dr. Robert Bollinger, professor of infectious disease and international health at the Johns Hopkins University.

The council provides advice, information and recommendations to the government regarding research, prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.

Charles L. Bennett, an astrophysicist at the Johns Hopkins University and principal investigator of NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, has been appointed to four National Academy of Sciences boards that advise the government on the nation's space science programs.

Bennett will serve on the NAS Space Studies Board and its executive committee. The board provides independent and authoritative advice on all aspects of space science and applications. Bennett was also appointed co-chairman of the NAS Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, as well as to the National Research Council's NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment Committee.

A cosmologist, Bennett was elected to the National Academy of Sciences last year, when he won the academy's Henry Draper Medal, given once every four years for significant contributions to astronomical physics.

Dr. Andrea M. Allen of Easton has been installed as the 57th president of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

Allen, a member of the MAFP since 1987, has served in various positions of leadership, including chairing the MAFP education committee last year. She also serves as MAFP delegate to the House of Delegates of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society.

A graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, Allen served as a National Health Service Corps scholar, caring for the medically needy on the Eastern Shore, where she remained to build her career. She is employed by the Shore Health System in Easton, where she works primarily with inpatients in rehabilitation, hospice and long-term care.

Sandra O'Neill has been named manager of the Adolescent and Family Services Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. In her new position, O'Neill will supervise the department's outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services for children, adolescents and their families.

The Lothian resident has worked as program director for Tri-County Youth Services, a nonprofit child and family services program serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties.

The department also announced that Phillip Sears Jr. has been appointed program manager for the office of minority health, where he will direct programs that address health disparities in minority communities.

A six-year veteran of the department, the Catonsville resident most recently was coordinator of health programs for youth risk reduction, including the department's smoking and tobacco prevention efforts.


Dr. Anirban Maitra, an associate professor of pathology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, has been chosen to receive the Maryland Science Center's 2006 Outstanding Young Scientist Award.

Sponsored by the Maryland Academy of Sciences, the award includes the Allan C. Davis medal and a cash award.

Maitra's laboratory is exploring the development of new therapies for treating pancreatic cancer by identifying the genetic pathways causing the disease.

Dr. Mansur Shomali, associate director of the Diabetes and Endocrine Center at Union Memorial Hospital, had been awarded the MedStar Clinical Improvement Challenge for advancements in care of patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

Shomali's team improved the management of blood glucose for patients during cardiac surgery by providing physicians better ways to administer insulin and track blood sugar during operations, hospital officials said.

William R. Bowles, retired vice chairman and president of the IBM Greater China Group, has received the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus award.

An electrical engineering major at Hopkins, Bowles serves on the Whiting School of Engineering National Advisory Council and previously served on the Society of Engineering Alumni's Council.

In a 40-year career at IBM, Bowles started and managed the company's worldwide equipment manufacturing business and was vice president of operations for Asia Pacific, South America and Canada.

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