May 31, 1996
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One of the nation's premier researchers into sickle cell disease and other blood disorders has been named director of the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief of the Hopkins Children's Center.

George J. Dover, M.D., is well-known for his fundamental investigations into fetal hemoglobin and his clinical work on thalassemia and sickle cell. One of his recent studies showed the efficacy of the first effective therapy for sickle cell. He has published 61 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the author or co-author of 26 book chapters. Last year, Dover received the MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

In his new position, Dover will oversee the Maryland region's only designated pediatric trauma center, supervise the Children's Center's teaching program for young physicians, and manage one of the most comprehensive pediatric research initiatives in the country.

"The care of children in this nation is changing as the new century approaches," says Dover. "The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is firmly in a leadership position to influence the clinical, research, and teaching aspects of that change. We also will be strong advocates for whatever social and political components enhance the well-being of our children."

Dover, who also becomes Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, arrived at Hopkins in 1972 with a medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical School. After his residency, he was a fellow in pediatric hematology and eventually professor of pediatrics, medicine, and oncology. He was a research associate at The Howard Hughes Medical Institute for Human Biochemical Genetics and for the last six years was head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology at Hopkins. He has received numerous teaching awards and served on many faculty committees at Hopkins.

Michael M. E. Johns, M.D., dean of the medical faculty at Hopkins, said in announcing the appointment, "Dr. Dover has all of the personal and intellectual attributes one would hope to find in an individual who will be responsible for directing a large, vital department." Johns added that Dover was selected from a field of more than 60 national candidates and nominees.

The prior chairman, Frank A. Oski, M.D., retired in 1995 but remains on the Hopkins pediatrics faculty.

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is a 177-bed facility that admits 7,000 patients annually and records more than 90,000 outpatient visits. An average of 2,000 children each year are flown to the Children's Center or arrive by ambulance after life-threatening trauma or for care during serious illnesses. More than 40 pediatric subspecialties are available around-the-clock from board-certified pediatricians.

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