October 9, 1997
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Bart Chernow, M.D., FACP, FCCP, has been named Vice Dean of Research, Technology and Corporate Relations for The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Currently, Chernow is professor of Medicine and of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Hopkins, program director of The Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital program in Internal Medicine, and physician-in-chief at Sinai. Prior to coming to Baltimore in 1990, he was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, where he directed the course on Intensive Care Medicine, and was an intensive care specialist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was director of the Henry K. Beecher Memorial Anesthesia Research Laboratories.
In a letter announcing Chernow's appointment, Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, called the position of Vice Dean of Research, Technology and Corporate Relations one of the most important at Johns Hopkins. "Research is our defining strength," he said, "and we are committed to developing stable sources of research funding, as well as providing our scientists with strong programs in research administration and technology transfer. We are fortunate to recruit someone with the unique combination of skills and background now requisite for this newly titled position."
Chernow is a clinical scientist with more than 425 scientific publications. Focusing on endocrine and metabolic problems of acute illness, he has made important contributions to understanding the mechanisms of the hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia of critical illness. He and his co-workers demonstrated the efficacy of magnesium administration in patients undergoing open heart surgery.
Internationally known for his research and teaching in the field of critical care medicine, he was editor of the journal Critical Care Medicine for the last seven years and this year is president of the American College of Chest Physicians. He also is experienced with fund raising as president of the Chest Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians) and as a board member of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore.
Chernow has first-hand knowledge of corporate America as cofounder of a biopharmaceutical firm, EntreMed, that has supported much of the work of Judah Folkman's laboratory at Harvard Medical School.
"Bart Chernow's entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an erudite approach to problem solving and an engaging and enthusiastic style make him the perfect person for the combined responsibilities of research administration, technology transfer and corporate relations," Miller said.
Chernow received his medical degree, AOA and summa cum laude, in 1976 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and did much of his postdoctoral clinical and research training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He lives in Baltimore County with his wife Peggy, who is a writer. His daughter Shandee is a computer sciences student at Vanderbilt. He will start work in his new position full-time Dec. 1.