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October 08, 2006|By Frank Roylance

Dr. Peter Socrates Creticos

In the news

Creticos was the lead investigator for a small Johns Hopkins study of the effectiveness of a novel DNA-based vaccine for ragweed allergies. The experimental vaccine relieved subjects of hay fever symptoms through at least two ragweed seasons.

Occupation

Associate professor of medicine, clinical director of the division of clinical immunology and medical director of the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore.

Career highlights

He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1971 and his medical degree in 1978 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He did postdoctoral work at South Carolina and Hopkins. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1983 and was named medical director at the Hopkins allergy center in 1996. He has led more than 75 clinical research projects and authored more than 100 papers.

Personal

Creticos, 57, was born and raised in Charleston, S.C. He and his wife, Ruth "Cudsie" Creticos, live in Crownsville. They have two children, Kristen, a second-grade teacher in Atlanta, and Alexander, a senior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He likes to ski in Utah and sail on the Severn River.

Philosophy

"I love what I do because you can see the difference you can make in people's lives. The thread of immunology runs through so many diseases and so many disciplines. We can make a huge difference here."

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