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August 16, 1999

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Weiss Named Hopkins Associate Dean of Admissions and Academic Affairs

James Weiss, M.D., the Michael J. Cudahy Professor of Cardiology, has been appointed Associate Dean of Admissions and Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, effective July 1, 1999.

Weiss replaces Leon Gordis, M.D., professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, who held the position for the past six years.

"Leon has done an outstanding job as overseer of our Admissions Office," said Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean of the medical facility and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "His ability to guide with affability yet firmness has given us class after class of brilliant, diverse and caring future physicians and scientists. The School of Medicine will continue to benefit from Leon's leadership skills in his role as director of both the Physicians and Society course, which helps prepare future physicians for the new complexities of a changing health care environment, and the Clinical Scholars Program."

Weiss has served as a member of the Committee on Admissions since 1988 and is the Fellowship Training and Program Director for the Division of Cardiology.

"I look for forward to continuing my work in this very important area," Weiss said. "Whom we select as medical students can help shape the future of Hopkins and, potentially, the leadership of American medicine."

Weiss has been at Hopkins since 1972, first as a senior assistant resident, later obtaining a full professorship in medicine in 1989. Since 1976, he has been the director of The Johns Hopkins Heart Station.

"Luckily, the decision as to who could follow Leon Gordis didn't require a great deal of deliberation," Miller said. "Jim Weiss has all the right qualities to take charge of selecting the first groups of students to enter our School of Medicine in the 21st century."

Weiss received his B.A. degree from Harvard in 1963 and his medical degree from Yale University in 1968. Weiss has published more than 100 scientific papers on various aspects of cardiology. His many awards include the Harvard Book Prize, the first Frank T. McClure Fellow in Cardiovascular Research awarded at Hopkins, and appointments as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association's Council on Circulation. In addition, he is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

In addition to his skills as a researcher, clinician and administrator, Weiss is an accomplished oboist and art lover. A native of Chicago, IL. Weiss is married to the former Susan Forscher, chair of the Music History Department of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and has two children. They reside in Lutherville, Md.

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