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Weekly Progress Notes October 16


Vaping Public Heath Advisory

Maryland DoH

The Maryland Department of Health has issued an update requiring clinicians to report all cases of lung injury where vaping is the suspected cause to their local health department within one business day. Reports can be made by phone or fax. The contact information for Montgomery County infectious disease reporting is listed below:

  • Phone: 240-777-1755
  • Fax: 240-777-4680

***Please also document this in your notes in Epic.***


Annual Leadership Meeting and State of Johns Hopkins Medicine


Save the date for the Annual Leadership Meeting and State of Johns Hopkins Medicine on Monday, Oct. 21 in the Turner Auditorium. JHM leaders are invited to attend the leadership meeting from 8 a.m. to noon. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the State of JHM, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m.


Immunotherapy Presentation by George Sotos, M.D.


George Sotos, M.D., Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Suburban Hospital, will give a presentation titled “Immunotherapy in GI Malignancies” at the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery CenterSuite 1200, on Wednesday, October 23 from 8 – 9 a.m. Dr. Sotos' presentation will follow the Aerodigestive Cancer Conference Case(s) presentations, and will limit cases to no more than five. Please contact Barbara Doherty at 301-896-6782 or with questions.


Call for Presenters: Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit

Doctor Animation

Organizers if the 10th annual Patient Safety Summit are seeking abstracts from faculty and staff members to make oral presentations or display posters related to patient safety. Abstracts should focus on ongoing research projects or projects that have been completed or presented externally since Oct. 2017. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 15.

Patient Safety Summit

When: March 13, 2020

Where: Turner Auditorium and Turner Concourse, East Baltimore campus

Registration opens in January. For questions about the event, please email




Special Event: Let’s KNOCK OUT Breast Cancer!

Join co-chairs Pamela Wright, M.D., and Susan Stinson, M.D., for a fun workout to support a great cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No boxing experience is needed!

When:   Thursday, October 24, 6 – 7 p.m.

Where:  Title Boxing, 10028 Darnestown Road, Rockville, MD

Cost:     $20 donation per person

All proceeds will benefit Suburban Hospital’s Oncology Nurse Navigator Program. This free service provides cancer patients with resources and guidance with everything from appointment scheduling and insurance questions to helping with transportation to appointments and childcare.

Call 301-637-9360 or visit to register.

Call Debra Scheinberg at 301-896-7620 with questions.



Click here for the October 2019 calendar on You can download a PDF copy here.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Oct. 16: The History of Biology and Medicine “Treating Brain Tumors: Challenges and Opportunities”—to access click here. Text CME Code 22729 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Oct. 17: Surgical Grand Rounds “The 5th Annual Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D. Endowed Memorial Lectureship – Building the Next Generations of Surgeons: The MERIT Scholars Program”—to access click here. Text CME Code 21841 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Oct. 18: Oncology Grand Rounds "Immune-Related Adverse Events from Cancer Immunotherapy"—to access click here. Text CME Code 24102 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Oct. 18: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.



Golden Ratio Observed In Human Skulls

Leonardo da Vinci

The Golden Ratio, described by Leonardo da Vinci and Luca Pacioli as the Divine Proportion, is an infinite number often found in nature, art and mathematics. It’s a pattern in pinecones, seashells, galaxies, and hurricanes. A recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers also found this pattern in the human skull.


A Better Way to Deliver Vision-Saving Therapy


Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have developed a new way to deliver sight-saving gene therapy to the retina. If proven safe and effective in humans, this technique could provide a more permanent therapeutic option for patients with common diseases, such as wet age-related macular degeneration.



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