We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Nadia Hansel will serve as interim director of the Department of Medicine beginning September 16. I will support her leadership throughout this time of transition until my departure to the University of Chicago on October 1.
Dr. Hansel has ably led the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as division director since February 2019. During that time, in addition to directing one of our department’s largest divisions, she was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2021 and received an Annual Sponsorship Award from the DOM Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine in 2019. She also leads the Development Core of the Collaborative Centers in Children’s Environmental Health Research and Translation funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Hansel is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Research for Johns Hopkins Bayview. She also chairs the Johns Hopkins Bayview Scientific Advisory Board. Her own research interests lie in understanding environmental determinants and sub-phenotypes of obstructive airway diseases. Her areas of clinical expertise include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. She joined the faculty in 2004 after earning her medical degree from Harvard and a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as completing a pulmonary fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Throughout her 18 years on the faculty in the Department of Medicine, she has proven to be not only a prolific investigator, but a valued leader and mentor. In 2016, she was honored with the David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award in recognition of her commitment to training future physician scientists, and her reach as a mentor has only grown in the time since.
We are incredibly lucky that Dr. Hansel has agreed to fill this role and carry our department into the future as the first female to lead our department. While it pains me that it has taken this long, I can’t imagine a more adept individual to fill this crucial role.