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Chandra-Strobos to Step Down as Division Director

Dr. Nisha Chandra-Strobos has announced that she is stepping down from her position as Chief of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center effective June 30, 2020. We are most grateful for her exceptional leadership. Dr. Chandra will remain active in the division and will be assuming a new, important role in the Division of Cardiology at Bayview.

In 1975, Nisha trained at Hopkins as a medical resident and as a cardiology fellow from 1978 – 1980. She then joined the faculty in 1981, and was promoted to Professor of Medicine in 1996. Nisha served as the Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and was appointed Chief of Cardiology at Bayview in 2007.

Nisha’s research interests focus on critical care, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and women’s health. She has published over 230 articles, abstracts and book chapters. Nisha has also been appointed to prestigious committees of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), many of which focus on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or basic life support of emergency cardiac care. As the AHA National Basic Life support Committee Chairperson, she championed moving defibrillators into the basic life support arena. This move paved the way for first responder defibrillation, a strategy that has saved countless lives. She was a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Cardiac Arrest. She presently serves on the Cardiac Arrest Committee for Maryland MIEMMS. Nisha is an inducted member of the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence and was the recipient of the Professor’s Teaching Award.

Nisha has done a remarkable job as leader of our Bayview cardiology team through challenging times. She has mentored junior faculty, developed new programs and managed a busy multi-disciplinary enterprise.  The program and faculty have won numerous awards for clinical excellence, patient care and teaching. The Primary PCI program without onsite Cardiac Surgery was first launched at Bayview, and serves as an excellent example of the caliber of programs that developed at Bayview. Nisha has devoted a huge amount of time and energy into making Bayview cardiology successful.

Although she will be stepping down as chief, Nisha will continue her full-time faculty role and will help Dr. Lowenstein develop an important new initiative within the division. As part of the Cardiology 2020 Strategic Plan, the division has decided to create new multi-disciplinary projects that combine clinical care, research and training. The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is an ideal environment to try new projects and test new ideas. We are excited to announce that Nisha will lead these efforts as the Director of the Hopkins Cardiology Incubator. We encourage people with new ideas to work with Nisha to form teams and launch small innovative cardiovascular-focused projects from Bayview, and if they are successful we will integrate these new projects across our system. We will be announcing more details of this endeavor in the future.

We thank Nisha for her service, time, hard work and energy she has devoted to making the Division of Cardiology at Bayview a successful enterprise. We all look forward to working with her in the future to create new ideas and to develop new programs.

-Charlie Lowenstein, M.D., chief, Division of Cardiology

-David B. Hellmann, M.D., chair of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview

-Mark E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., director, Department of Medicine


Kelsey Bennett