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Weekly Progress Notes February 26




Jay Khanna, M.D. Featured in Patient Video

A. Jay Khanna, M.D., Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine was recently highlighted in a video about local artist and Suburban patient Sara Walton, who underwent surgery for scoliosis. The video premiered during the dedication and ribbon cutting for Suburban’s new North Building on Friday, Jan 24.



U.S. News & World Report Reputation Survey

The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals reputation survey is now open. Your participation in this survey is important, and it is an opportunity for you and your department to be recognized for all that you do. The U.S. News ranking also can impact a patient’s decision on where to go for care and may influence where referring providers send their patients.

Board-certified physicians in the 16 adult ranked specialty areas who claimed their Doximity profile before Nov. 15, 2019 are eligible to take the adult survey. The survey will close in mid-March.

  • Once you are logged in, click on the large U.S. News call-out icon/graphic on the homepage.
  • You can nominate up to five hospitals in your specific adult field that you consider best for patients with serious or difficult conditions irrespective of expense or location. Only one nomination is required. 
  • The order in which you list the hospitals does not affect the ranking.

If you have any problems with voting, email for assistance.


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RSVP to the Suburban Medical Staff Annual Meeting

Suburban Hospital’s 2020 Medical Staff Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Club (6100 Connecticut Avenue). Please join us in celebrating How We Take Care of Our Community and Ourselves. RSVP by Mar. 24 to Alethea Johnson at 301-896-3339, or SuburbanMSO@jhmi.eduDownload this flyer to learn more.



Register for the Medical Staff Leadership Retreat

The 8th Annual JHM Medical Staff Leadership Retreat is scheduled for Friday, May 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Club in Bethesda. This year’s theme is The Health of Care: Reclaiming Hospitality, and will take a fresh look at the health of care, drawing on storytelling, examples from other industries and the personal experiences of clinical professionals. Admission is free and complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and administrative leaders are welcome to attend this free event, which will offer six hours of CME credits. Click here to register.



Submit Abstracts for the Diagnostic Excellence Summit

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s Diagnostic Excellence Summit takes place Wednesday, Apr. 29 in the Tilghman Auditorium and Turner Concourse on the East Baltimore campus. The theme for the event is Keeping Diagnosis Human in the Digital Age and and providers are welcome to submit an abstract that aligns with this theme by Sunday, Mar. 1.



Coming Soon: Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium

The 10th Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium is scheduled for Friday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. This year’s  symposium is titled Beyond Pills: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults. Providers are invited to attend and discover new and innovative approaches to alternative medical options available to older adults, gain insight into how alternative techniques work in conjunction with mainstream medicine, and discuss the differences and similarities to the terms functional, integrative and alternative medicine. CME credits will be provided. Click here for more information and to register.



CyraCom Interpreter App Available on the Company Portal

The CyraCom Interpreter App is now available for download on the company portal. Visit to begin the download process. Click here to view the download and instillation instructions. Please reach out to the Help Desk at 301-896-4357 if you require assistance. 



Click here for the January 2020 calendar on



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Feb. 27: Surgical Grand Rounds: Gardner W. Smith, M.D., Lectureship “Improving Geriatric Perioperative Care - What Matters Most…”—to access click here.

Feb. 28: Oncology Grand Rounds Featuring the Director’s Visiting Professor Lecturer “Evolution of Clinical Cancer Genetics"—to access click here. Text CME Code 24121 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Feb 28: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.

May 26 – June 10: Summer Institute in Mental Health Research. To register and learn more, click here.




Extending Survival with a Brain Tumor

Adult patients with brainstem high-grade gliomas — among the rarest and deadliest forms of brain cancer — may benefit from surgical removal of the entire tumor. New research shows that this could add months or years of survival beyond that offered by radiation and chemotherapy.



Use of the Herbal Supplement Kratom

New research shows that kratom, an herbal supplement whose effects are similar to opioids, likely has a lower rate of harm for treating pain, anxiety, depression and addiction. The researchers say their findings underscore a need for research and regulation, but not an outright ban on sales.



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