Pushing Boundaries in Health and Medicine



Co-Directors: Pavan Patel, Christina Boatwright, and Aaron Wang

Medical Ethics: Privacy and Patient Rights

APRIL 2, 2019 | The Osler Medical Symposium had the opportunity to sit down with Veronica Robinson, Henrietta Lacks’ great-granddaughter, who serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the use of her great-grandmother’s HeLa cells in biomedical research & Dr. Cynda Rushton, a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Ms. Robinson and Dr. Rushton discussed the importance of trust in patient practitioner relationships for fostering improved communication among community members and those in the healthcare system. During the following Q&A, audience members joined Ms. Robinson and Dr. Rushton in discussing the Lacks family’s role in continuing the legacy and impact of the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.

MARCH 14, 2019 | The Osler Medical Symposium was joined by Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Dr. Gerald Brandacher, Scientific Director of the Reconstructive Transplant program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who worked on the team that performed the first penis and scrotum transplant. At the event, they discussed solid organ vs. composite transplants, privacy and confidentiality, and risk/benefit analyses for Vascularized Composite Allotransplantations (VCAs). To read more, check out this article in CNN!


FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | Hospitals and health systems are increasingly under pressure to provide more consumer-friendly, value-laden, and population-focused care for patients. Dr. Redonda Miller President of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, discussed how The Johns Hopkins Hospital is evolving – through use of technology, innovative programs, and personalized care – to create the healthcare system that patients both want and need. Dr. Perry Tsai, President of the American Medical Student Association, moderated the discussion. For event pictures, check out this page!


Health, Equity, and Justice in Baltimore



Co-Directors: Rushabh Doshi, AJ Tsang, Sachin Govind, and Pavan Patel

“I was very glad to hear about this theme and in particular that we use the word health and not healthcare because so often we understand health to be what happens when you are in a hospital. But actually that’s not what determines how long someone lives or how well someone lives…” – Dr. Leana Wen, Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Baltimore in the 21st century: A commissioner’s perspective

MARCH 2, 2018 | Our panelists, four former and current Baltimore Commissioners of Health (Drs. Leana Wen, Peter Beilenson, Joshua Sharfstein, and Michelle Gourdine), spoke about various public health issues in Baltimore and throughout the United States. Topics they covered include the opioid epidemic, the evolution and current state of health insurance in the US, pharmaceuticals and public health, and racial issues in public health.


APRIL 3, 2018 | Dr. Paul Rothman, Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, spoke to OMS about the role of business and economics in the medical field, as well as what Hopkins Medicine is doing to improve the healthcare of the greater Baltimore area.


APRIL 17, 2018 | Dr. Arturo Casadevall, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, discussed gender inequities in research teams, professional conferences, and academic leadership. He offered proven solutions to reduce such disparities.