Former Students

2005-2007

Prudence Dalrymple, PhD, MS

Email: pdalrymple@jhmi.edu

Prudence Dalrymple received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her research focused on a cognitive model of electronic database searching.  She has been on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign, and was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University from 1997-2005.  She also directed the Office for Accreditation at the American Library Association form 1992-1997 and has practiced as a health sciences librarian in both clinical and academic settings.

Her informatics activities include appointment to the Biomedical Library Review Committee, (now the Biomedical Library and Informatics Committee) a study section at the National Library of Medicine from 1998-2002, and to advisory boards of several grant projects.  In addition to her professional activities, she has served on several editorial boards.  A list of publications is available.

Her research focus for the Health Informatics Fellowship is the dissemination of research evidence for improving clinical practice.

Dwayne Grant, MS

Dwayne Grant has more than 10 years of health care experience, which spans both private and public sectors. He has always focused his efforts on using technology to improve patient care delivery. Mr. Grant desires to gain a better understanding of how to improve patient safety through the use of Personal Health Records and Clinical Based-Systems. Dwayne Grant holds a Bachelor's of Art in Health Science and Policy and Master's Degree in Management Information System.

Sule L. Mohammed, DVM, MS

Sule Mohammed graduated in 1985 with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. In Nigeria, he practiced as a public health veterinarian initially, and later as a veterinary clinician specializing in canine practice. He rose to the rank of Director of Veterinary Services in a private practice. He immigrated to the United States in late 1999 and lived in Columbus, OH before moving to Baltimore for the fellowship program. While in Columbus, he obtained the BS degree in Information Technology from DeVry University in 2003. He is also an Oracle 9i Certified DBA. He worked at the department of Pharmacy, OSU Medical Center as a senior technician and recently as a faculty at the Columbus State Community College.

He is in the public health track of the health sciences informatics program. Research interests include information needs of zoonoses and public health data management including data mining.

Patricia Swartz, MPH, MS

Patricia Swartz originally came from Singapore to complete her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Technology at Pacific Union College in northern California. She then went on to do a Medical Technology internship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, thereafter moving to Michigan where she worked as a Medical Technologist for eight years before completing her Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  Before her matriculation with DHSI, she spent three years at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as an epidemiologist in Communicable Disease Surveillance and in Public Health Preparedness and Response.  Her interest in public health informatics stems from a desire to help improve and strengthen the nation’s public health information infrastructure with the contribution of informatics to state and local public health agencies.She currently serves as Public Health Informationist for the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene in Baltimore.

Suji Xie

Graduated from Shanghai Medical University in China with a Master of Medicine in Immunology in 1993. And received her Master of Science in Information Science and Technology from Johns Hopkins School of Engineering in 2002. She has worked as a laboratory researcher for more then a decade in the areas of drug development and drug discovery, including 8 years working in Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

2004-2006

Nkossi Dambita, MS, MPH, MD

Research Assoiciate, Division of Health Sciences Informatics

dambita@jhmi.edu

Nkossi Dambita is a public health physician import from the Central African Republic who received epidemiology training at SUNY at Buffalo (MS) and Tulane University (MPH). He achieved senior level positions at both the local and state health agencies in Maryland: Director of the Office of Grants Research Surveillance and Evaluation, concurrently with the title of HIPAA Officer and Chairman of the IRB at the Baltimore City Health Department; and Chief of the Division of Seroepidemiology in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has successfully managed major public health projects, including the serological surveillance of HIV in Maryland and bioterrorism in Baltimore. His informatics calling came while he was designing the multi-facetted “Baltimore Bioterrorism Surveillance System”, a syndromic surveillance system, augmented with multiple other innovative indicators to provide early warnings. He became acutely aware of the need for decision support systems (DSS) to promote better decision making and policy formulation in Public Health. His current research activity involves the study of diffusion of synchronous mobile communication technology in the clinical space of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a passionate advocate of knowledge management systems as a means of delivering knowledge at the point of need.

Jonathan Gold, MHA, MD

Email: drjgold@yahoo.com

During his Fellowship Dr. Gold focused on the development of a consumer oriented electronic health record banking system, the practical needs of the health care provider, and the considered goals of a comprehensive health care strategy.

Background: Summary--Pediatrician with a combination of training and experience in medical informatics, medical quality assurance, and primary care practice.

In 1990 Dr. Gold completed an MD from Ben-Gurion University (Beer Sheva, ISRAEL). Over the next number of years he certified as a pediatrician and also worked in the hospital's quality assurance unit. Upon completion, he worked for Maccabi Health Services (the second largest Israeli HMO) in a dual capacity-both as a primary care pediatrician in the Mitzpe Ramon clinic and as the director of the Medical Quality Assurance Unit for Maccabi's Negev region. (The Negev region includes the southern one-third of Israel; the Negev region has 150,000 members.) His responsibilities for this unit varied and included: (1) directing focused programs (e.g., adult diabetes follow-up, cardiac disease screening, pediatric asthma patient education, winter influenza vaccines for targeted audiences, smoking cessation); (2) risk management for the region; (3) monitoring physician quality indicators in the region (e.g., diabetic patient management, appropriate drug and imaging usage); and (4) serving on the HMO's national Advisory Committee for Pediatric Quality Indicators and Maccabi's Clinical Practice Guideline Committee. In 2002, he completed a Master of Health Administration. Dr Gold is currently working as a consultant for Champions in Healthcare (http://www.championsinhealthcare.com/about).

Sonia Klemperer-Johnson, MPH, MS

Email: soniakj@jhmi.edu

Sonia has both a masters in public health and a master’s degree in information management and systems.  Her goal for this fellowship is to research how informatics can be used in public health.  Having spent 2 years in West Africa with the Peace Corps, she is especially interested in public health informatics in developing countries.  Lately she has also become interested in architecture, and one of her current projects is to make recommendations for learning technology in a new medical education building for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  This project is giving her the opportunity to see how architects assess requirements for a new building.  Her major research is in developing a decision model for choosing the ideal formula for oral rehydration solution, the standard treatment for diarrhea around the world.

Subsequently she was Senior Analyst at Kaiser Permanente, in the Management Information and Analysis Department. Previous experience includes Peace Corps work in West Africa.

Laurent Laor, BA

Email: llaor1@jhmi.edu

Laurent received his BA in Computer Science from New York University. Subsequently he consulted for New York Presbyterian Hospital. His most recent position was Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Urology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Other work includes technology and management consulting for small and mid-size companies. Laurent has worked for a number of medical device manufacturers and helped develop an artificial vision system for the blind at The Dobelle Institute. His primary research interest is in the cognitive burden of record sets in Electronic Healthcare Records.

Mary White, MS

Graduate Student
2024 East Monument St., room 1-207
Phone: 443-287-2665
mwhite43@jhmi.edu

Received her BA with Distinction in Psychology in 2001, and MS in Library Science in 2004 from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Was teaching assistant for a health informatics course and graduate assistant with the Get Kids in Action project. Has worked with libraries in South Africa and Honduras with the World Library Partnership.

Strong interest in health promotion and disease prevention.  Her current research is the DISCO project, which involves physical activity promotion through video games with youth in east Baltimore. 

2003-2005

Ed Bunker, MPH

Graduate Student
ebunker1@jhmi.edu

After receiving his BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, Ed worked for 5 years in a clinical research laboratory of NIDA creating systems for data capture and analysis. Since earning his MPH from Hopkins in 1994, he has worked as a freelance-programming consultant and as an epidemiologist with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From 1997 to 2002, Ed was the Program Coordinator -- and then an Instructor -- with the MPH Program at Hopkins. Ed's areas of interest are information visualization, decision support for public health practice, and data capture for behavioral and qualitative research.

Cupid Gascon, MD, MBA

Post-doc Fellow
cupid@jhmi.edu

Dr. Gascon graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency program sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Soon after, he volunteered to practice in a medically underserved area in Upstate New York where he tended to the healthcare needs of a rural community. During this time, he realized the relevance of optimal business practice in a healthcare organization and the need for medical informatics in the community and rural healthcare settings. Prompted by this, he finished his MBA with a concentration in management information systems at Binghamton University (SUNY) and served in leadership and strategic planning positions at his community hospital and various EMS organizations where he advocated for systems improvements, patient safety and information technology adoption. His interests include the organizational issues of technology acquisition and implementation, change management, knowledge management and the strategic use of medical logic modules (MLM). He is currently involved with MLM development of the Provider Order Entry implementation project at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Paul Law, MD MPH

Post-doc Fellow
plaw@jhmi.edu

Paul Law is a pediatrician who became interested in the informatics of research in autism partly because of his son's mild autism. He developed a system that is currently being used by numerous researchers called the Internet System for Assessing Autistic Children (ISAAC, www.autismtools.org ). This system allows researchers to manage, and share clinical research data. In addition to his contributions in autism, Dr. Law has had a life long commitment to international public health. He was faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the Department of International Health from 2000 until 2003. During this timehe worked with a large pediatric hospital in Bangladesh to organize and utilize clinical and laboratory data. He also participated in the design of a health management information system for a community-based intervention to reduce neonatal mortality. Lastly, he worked with the CDC to create an information system for a Neonatal Unit in Cairo, Egypt to detect nosocomial infections. He plans to continue his work on ISAAC and to help in the development of health management information systems particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he grew up.

Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE

Trainee / Special Student
mpeeples@jhmi.edu

Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE is a clinical nurse specialist and certified diabetes educator with a MS in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Most recently she worked with a multi-site diabetes education program providing clinical and information management support, including outcomes reporting and management. Additionally she has been involved in the development of the AADE National Diabetes Education Outcomes System - a comprehensive web-based, reporting service for diabetes outcomes at the patient, program, and national levels. Currently her informatics interest is focused on classification of diabetes program characteristics for benchmarking, evaluation and building the evidence base for diabetes education. She is also interested in gaining expertise in workflow analysis and technology integration.

Trainee Mark Adler, MD
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Project Adler MD, Johnson KB. An analysis of the literature pertaining to CAI in the
medical literature. Academic Medicine 2000; 75; 1025-28.
Product The Virtual Preceptor: Computer-assisted Instruction for the Pediatric
Emergency Department
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Soraya Assar, MLS
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Project Adler MD, Johnson KB. An analysis of the literature pertaining to CAI in the
medical literature. Academic Medicine 2000; 75; 1025-28.
Product The Virtual Preceptor: Computer-assisted Instruction for the Pediatric
Emergency Department
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Susan Barned
Mentor Harold Lehmann
Project  
Product  
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Mike Beynon
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Virtual Microscope
Product PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland
Inclusive Dates Summer 1995-1999

Trainee Christopher Bouton
Mentor Jonathan Pevsner, PhD
Project Effects of Lead Poisoning on Gene Expression
Product PhD Boulton CM and Pevsner J (2000) DRAGON: Database referencing
of array genes online. Bioinformatics 16:1038-1039.
Inclusive Dates 1996-2001

Trainee Pascal Calarco
Mentor Nancy Roderer, MLS
Project IAIMS Library Assistant
Product New Haven Health
Inclusive Dates 1997-1999

Trainee Umit Catalyurek
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project HUBS Project, Virtual Microscope
Product Post-Doctoral Fellow
Inclusive Dates 1999-2001

Trainee Daniel Chudnow, MLIS
Mentor Nancy Roderer, MLS
Project IAIMS Library Assistant
Product Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment (JAKE), Open Source Systems
for Libraries (oss4lib.org)
Inclusive Dates 1997-1999

Trainee John Co, MD
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Project Critical Pathways for Sickle Cell Disease
Product Co JPT, Johnson KB, Duggan AK, Casella JF, Wilson M. Effect of a clinical pathway for pediatric vaso-occlusive crisis hospitalization on physician practice patterns and outcomes.
Inclusive Dates 2000-2002

Trainee Carlo Colantuoni
Mentor Jonathan Pevsner, PhD
Project Molecular basis of Rett Syndrome
Product PhD Colantuoni C, Zeger S, Pevsner J. NOMAD (Normalization of Microarray Data): Computational tools for the normalization and standardization of diverse gene
expression datasets.
Inclusive Dates 1996-2001

Trainee Dr. Ludmila Danilchenko
Mentor Anna Orlova, PhD
Project Development & Exploitation of Info. System on Industrial Wastes of Mining, Rock-Chemical & Coal Industries, & Non-Ferrous Metallurgy & Technologies of Wastes Utilization.
Product Specifications for the Information System on Industrial Wastes of and
Technologies of Wastes Utilization.
Inclusive Dates 1989-1992

Trainee John Davis
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Point of Care, Data Browser
Product Graduate Degree
Inclusive Dates 1997 - 1999

Trainee Renato Ferrara
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Virtual Microscope
Product  
Inclusive Dates 1996 - present

Trainee Jorge A. Ferrer, M.D., M.B.A.
Mentor Lee Fleisher, M.D. and Harold Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D
Project

Abstract, Safety of Outpatient Surgery in Hospitals Versus Free-Standing Facilities in the Elderly, Lee A. Fleisher M.D., Jorge A. Ferrer M.D., Lawrence R. Pasternak M.D. and Paul G. Barash M.D., American Society of Anesthesiology, Annual Meeting, Dallas Texas, 2000.

Device to decrease the time needed to perform microsurgery, Johns Hopkins University Engineering Research Center for Computer- Integrated Surgical Systems & Technologies, Faculty Advisor- Jorge A. Ferrer M.D., and Louis Whitcomb Ph.D.

Preventing Medical Errors: Communicating a Role for Medicare Beneficiaries, Elaine K. Swift Ph.D., Christopher P. Koepke Ph.D., Jorge A. Ferrer, M.D., and David Miranda Ph.D, Health Care Financing Review, Consumer Information, Fall 2001, Volume 23, Number 1.

Product Post Doctorate Fellowship
Inclusive Dates Inclusive Dates 1999-2000

Trainee Alison Friedman, MD
Mentor Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD
Project Threshold for Transfusing Patients with Thrombocytopenia
Product Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (PhD)
Inclusive Dates 1996-1999

Trainee Nicole Jenkins
Mentor Anna Orlova, PhD
Project Evaluation of Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law
Product Data Management Procedures for the Evaluation of Maryland’s Reduction
of Lead Risk in Housing Law (under development)
Inclusive Dates 1999-current

Trainee George Kim, MD
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Project Adler MD, Johnson KB. An analysis of the literature pertaining to CAI in the
medical literature. Academic Medicine 2000; 75; 1025-28.
Product The Virtual Preceptor: Computer-assisted Instruction for the Pediatric
Emergency Department
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Tahsin Kurc
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Virtual Microscope
Product PhD
Inclusive Dates 1999-2001

Trainee Christoph Lehmann, MD
Mentor Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD
Project Web-based Case Simulation for Education
Product Post-Doctorate Fellowship (NLM NRSA)
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Christoph Lehmann, MD
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Product Lehmann CU, Wang DJ, Kim GR, Johnson KB. Utilization of a pediatric link collection
by physicians and physicians-in-training. Pediatrics 1997; 100(3):442.
Inclusive Dates 1997-present

Trainee Sydney Moss-Dy, MD
Mentor Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD
Project Perceptions Regarding Patient Transfers to Tertiary Care
Product Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship
Inclusive Dates 1999-2001

Trainee Amy Purcell
Mentor Jonathan Pevsner, PhD
Project Molecular Basis Autism
Product PhD Purcell AE, Jeon O, Zimmerman AW, Blue ME and Pevsner J. Postmortem
brain abnormalities of the glutamate neurotransmitter system in autism.
Inclusive Dates 1996-2001

Trainee Adam Rothschild, MD
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Project Adler MD, Johnson KB. An analysis of the literature pertaining to CAI
in the medical literature. Academic Medicine 2000; 75; 1025-28.
Product The Virtual Preceptor: Computer-assisted Instruction for the Pediatric
Emergency Department
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Jerry Rottman
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Clinical Data Repository
Product  
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee J. Robert Sapp
Mentor Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD
Project Evaluation of Web-Based Continuing Medical Education
Product Ed.D.
Inclusive Dates 1998-2001

Trainee Dr. Olga Shabanova
Mentor Anna Orlova, PhD
Project Development and Exploitation of Information System on Industrial Wastes of
Mining, Rock-Chemical and Coal Industries, and Non-Ferrous Metallurgy and
Technologies of Wastes Utilization
Product Specifications for the Information System on Industrial Wastes of and
Technologies of Wastes Utilization
Inclusive Dates 1989-1992

Trainee Corey Smith, PhD
Mentor Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD
Project Information Barriers in the Psychiatric Emergency Department
Product None
Inclusive Dates 2002-2003

Trainee Varda Shalev, MD
Mentor Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD
Project Management of Outpatient Cultures
Product Post-Doctorate Fellowship (employer-funded)
Inclusive Dates 1998-2000

Trainee Killian Stoeffel
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Data Browser, Ontology Query Tool
Product Post-Doctoral
Inclusive Dates 1995-1997

Trainee Merwyn Taylor
Mentor Robert Miller, MD
Project Point of Care Database, Repository, Moss Replacement System
Product PhD
Inclusive Dates 1996-present

Trainee Pat Tracey
Mentor Anna Orlova, PhD
Project Evaluation of Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law
Product Data Management Procedures for the Evaluation of Maryland’s Reduction
of Lead Risk in Housing Law (under development)
Inclusive Dates 1999-present

Trainee Michele Twilley
Mentor Anna Orlova, PhD
Project Evaluation of Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law
Product Data Management Procedures for the Evaluation of Maryland’s Reduction
of Lead Risk in Housing Law (under development).
Inclusive Dates 1999-present

Trainee Matthew Weed
Mentor Nancy Roderer, MLS
Project PhD Genetics, 2003
Product Accessible PubMed
Inclusive Dates 1998-

Trainee Jessica Zeaske
Mentor Kevin Johnson, MD, MS.
Project Structured Reporting Tools and Provider-Patient Interaction
Product Dr.PH Zeaske JA, Johnson KB, Serwint JR, Gielen AC, Roter DL. Impact of Communication Style on the Adoption of Computer-based Documentation Tools.
Inclusive Dates 1999-present

Trainee 15 NLM Associate Fellows
Mentor Nancy Roderer, MLS
Project One — two year training program at NLM
Product Multiple Projects within NLM
Inclusive Dates