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Gabor Kelen, M.D., FRCP(C), FACEP, has been named professor and director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and is the first to hold both titles at Hopkins.

Previously a division of the Department of Surgery, emergency medicine was established recently as a full-fledged academic department at Hopkins. Status change allows Hopkins to lead a growing national trend," says Kelen. "Emergency medicine is a young field - just 25 years old. But we have watched our role change dramatically in that short period of time."

According to James A. Block, M.D., president of the hospital Kelen is an ideal candidate for the post. "He is an accomplished researcher and a revered clinician and we are thrilled that he will be redefining and expanding this new department" says Block.

Kelen is among the first emergency medicine physicians in the country to have original research efforts published in The New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He pioneered methodology that eventually confirmed the need for universal precautions by health-care providers. He was the first to reveal the futility of testing patients for the HIV virus, as many other infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C, posed a more common threat to health-care workers. He has helped to identify the medical economic and compassionate roles that emergency services play in delivering health care to patients with the HIV virus, and has pushed for greater national research efforts along these lines.

Kelen also has developed new curricula in The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to reflect these changing trends, and routinely lectures to medical and public health students on AIDS, public policy and ethical issues in FHV testing. He has testified before Congress on the changing responsibilities of inner-city emergency departments, emergency department health-care workers and AIDS. He also serves as chairman of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Public Health Committee, chairman of the Society of Academic Emergency Physicians, Infectious Disease Committee and sits on the board of directors of the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

Among other awards, Kelen has received the Johns Hopkins (W.M. Keck) clinician Scientist Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians' Outstanding Contribution to Research Award and the Society of Emergency Medicine's Academic Excellence Award.

Kelen earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, and completed his internship and residency at St. Michael's hospital, Toronto. He served as chief resident, and completed his training in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins, joining the staff and faculty in 1984. Soon after, he took on the posts of residency director and research director for emergency medicine. In 1991, he was named an associate professor, and in 1992, acting director. Kelen, 42, lives in Baltimore City with his wife Laurie and children, Elizabeth and Andrew.

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