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Reta Honey Hiers Assistant Professorship in Tarlov Cyst Disease

MARY ELLEN PEASE and CHARLIE SCHEELER are lifelong Baltimoreans with two adult daughters, Alex and Cecelia. Mary Ellen is a dedicated public education advocate who has served in a variety of capacities for Baltimore County Public Schools, including PTA President, member of the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, and co-founder of the website.
Mary Ellen is a passionate advocate for patients suffering with Tarlov Cyst Disease and is an active contributor to the mission and goals of of the Tarlov Cyst Disease Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Psychiatry Advisory Board. She also leads initiatives to conserve open space and protect communities from over development while restoring the former pasture surrounding her home to its original roots as a Maryland native plant community and wildlife habitat. Charlie serves as Senior Counsel at DLA Piper LLP, Chair of the Boards of Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and is a member of the Boards of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the CollegeBound Foundation. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys intellectual jousts with his daughters on topics large and small. His record in this pursuit is mixed at best.

RETA HONEY HIERS is a Registered Nurse, certified in medical education. Her degree in education from the University of Tennessee led to her teaching nurses and other health occupations. As a hospital Director of Education, she established ACCME accreditation and directed Continuing Medical Education programs for twenty years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Tarlov Cyst Disease Foundation and enjoys working with the Board of Directors and the Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee as an advocate for perineural/Tarlov Cyst patients, promoting and providing research funding, and improving education in both the general public and medical community about this rare spinal nerve pathology and symptomatology. She has spoken at the National Institutes of Health, co-authored the first Tarlov Cyst article published in Journal of Pain, and provided poster presentations to the National Organization for Rare Disorders Conferences and at the International Association for the Study of Pain. She is a native of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with her husband, Don. She is the mother of two adult sons, Chad and Greg, and has two grandchildren, Zach and Hadley. In addition to her work in Tarlov Cyst Disease she is an avid gardener and birder.

Hoehn-Saric Professorship for OCD and Anxiety

Hoehn-Saric.Evanne and RudolphDr. RUDOLF HOEHN-SARIC received his medical degree from the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria. He served residencies in psychiatry at McGill in Montreal, neurology in Vienna and a fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Hopkins. Dr. Rudolf Hoehn-Saric joined the psychotherapy research group of Dr. Jerome Frank in 1961 and was particularly interested in the interaction between emotions, cognition and behavior. After the retirement of Dr. Frank he established one of the first research groups in the country that focused on anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and led the clinical, research and education initiatives in anxiety disorders at Johns Hopkins until his retirement in 2007. His name is synonymous with this domain in academic medicine. Dr. Hoehn-Saric also shepherded the clinical programs and has been a key figure worldwide in numerous areas of study related to the neurobiology of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders and panic disorders. He has been a pioneer in advancing our understanding of the neuropharmacologic, psychophysiologic and neuroanatomic substrates of anxiety disorders as well as the forefront of advances in neuroimaging methods. In addition to his many scientific contributions, Dr. Hoehn-Saric has been a superb teacher and mentor to hundreds of students and junior faculty members while at Hopkins. He is also considered an extraordinary clinician. He has authored several books, including The Anxiety Disorders (Concepts in Clinical Psychiatry) with Russell Noyes Jr., MD; Biology of Anxiety Disorders (Progress in Psychiatry) with Daniel McLeod, PhD; and Effective Ingredients of Successful Psychotherapy with Dr. Jerome D. Frank.

Dr. EVANNE HOEHN-SARIC has been cited by her colleagues and the Division leadership as one of the most talented, thoughtful and committed supervisors in the Division. Her impact on the residents who trained with her continues to guide and inform future generations. Her professional interests include treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and oppositional disorders in children and adolescents. Family therapy is regarded as an essential component of treatment, especially in children.