It is our privilege to announce Robert Brodsky, professor in the Division of Hematology, as the director of the Physician Scientist Pathway in the Osler Medical Training Program. Drs. Ramana Sidhaye and Rachel Damico will serve as associate pathway directors.
With the emerging changes in academic medicine, the physician scientist career path has been challenged. Hopkins is built upon the promise of scientific advance in medicine and we believe we should lead in strengthening this critical pipeline, particularly in this era where the opportunities for groundbreaking discovery to drive fundamental insights with the potential to cure disease are unprecedented. As such, our new physician scientist pathway is a priority for our department and our university. We have a diverse and exceptional group of physician scientists and were fortunate to engage many in the search for the director of this pathway.
Rob brings tremendous passion, experience and leadership to the role. His own discovery of science during clinical training and his dedication and mentorship of countless trainees gives him unique insight into how to build this program and ensure our trainees develop and nurture the “thrill of discovery.”
Rob is the Johns Hopkins Family Professor of Medicine and Oncology and our director of the Division of Hematology. He earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University, trained in internal medicine at Vanderbilt, pursued research and fellowship in hematology at the NIH and finished his oncology training at Hopkins. He is an internationally recognized expert in bone marrow failure disorders and complement-mediated anemias. With his colleagues, he has developed several diagnostic assays for human blood diseases and has pioneered stem cell therapies for the treatment of aplastic anemia and sickle cell anemia. Rob is also the director for the Hematology T32 program to train physician scientists in hematology and is the current scientific co-chair for the American Society of Hematology.
Together with a soon to be named associate director, an expert council of physician scientist leaders and in partnership with collaborating basic and clinical departments, Rob will launch our Physician Scientist Pathway with the goal of recruiting, developing and retaining physician scientists at Johns Hopkins.
Please join us in welcoming Rob to this role.