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Weekly Progress Notes October 9


It's National PA Week!

PA Week

Every year from October 6 – 12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the physician assistant profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. PAs practice medicine in every setting and specialty. This #PAweek, Suburban Hospital would like to recognize and celebrate PAs for everything they do!


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 Center, Suite 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.


Suburban Hospital ECHO Fund


Helping and supporting others in our work environment is so important, but sometimes we just don’t know how to make an impact. Consider the ECHO Fund! Suburban Hospital’s ECHO Fund is designed to assist employees who are struggling with a temporary or unexpected financial challenge. The application-based program is funded entirely through contributions from other Suburban Hospital employees, medical staff and volunteers. As we head into the winter months, now is the time to make sure we can help as many people as possible.


Through the month of October, physicians can make a donation to help their colleagues through this special fund. Donations can be made by credit card, cash or check. For more information and to give online, please visit


All employees or affiliated Suburban Hospital staff who donate by Friday, Oct. 25 will be eligible for one of several gift card giveaways! To learn more about ECHO, feel free to contact the Foundation at 301-896-GIVE.


Changes to Logon System Coming Soon


On Wednesday, Oct. 16, a new multifactor authentication application, Azure MFA, will be launched across Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University. The new application will include support for international phone numbers and a new authenticator app for your mobile device. Click here to learn more.


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. 9: Translational Research Conference “Cancer Deprived Organoids for Drug Discovery in Liver Cancers”—to access click here. Text CME Code 22728 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Oct. 10: Surgical Grand Rounds—to access click here.

Oct. 11: Oncology Grand Rounds “Diagnostic Delay and Missed Opportunities for Cure in Hodgkin Lymphoma”—to access click here. Text CME Code 24101 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Oct. 11: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.



Restoring the Sense of Smell


A stem cell in your nose responsible for the sense of smell can switch identities to potentially protect against long-term inflammation in chronic sinusitis. Learn more about this research and how it may advance the search for better treatments for loss of smell caused by sinusitis.


What Drives the Spread of Melanoma?


Affecting an estimated 96,000 Americans each year, melanoma is the most fatal form of skin cancer in the United States, mostly because of its aggressive nature and potential to spread. New research from the Kimmel Cancer Center revealed a gene that is the driver of melanoma growth and spread.



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