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David J. Carver Professorship in Medicine

School of Medicine

Established in 1974 by Samuel P. and Ann Carver Asper in memory of her father

CarverDavidDAVID J. CARVER, A&S 1919 (PhD), taught philosophy and psychology at Kiang Nan Provincial College in Nanking, China, for four years following his graduation from college. When he returned to the United States, he earned his doctorate in psychology from Hopkins and then became an importer of Chinese art. He was also a founder of the North Baltimore YMCA. Because of his lifelong admiration for the university and his interest in both China and medicine, Dr. Carver established a scholarship fund for Asian students at the School of Medicine in 1957.

Upon his death, half of Dr. Carver’s estate went to Johns Hopkins, with the provision that his son-in-law, SAMUEL P. ASPER, Med 1940 (pictured), designate the use of the gift. Dr. Asper was a Hopkins faculty member in endocrinology for many years, also serving as vice president for medical affairs and as associate dean. In 1947, he introduced the use of radioactive iodine for the treatment of thyroid disorders. In addition to his scientific contributions at Hopkins, Dr. Asper led the American University Hospital in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon in the 1970s. He wrote about his dramatic experience in Care Amidst Chaos. Dr. Asper died in 1999.

Held by Henry R. Halperin

HalperinHenryHENRY R. HALPERIN, the David J. Carver Professor of Medicine, is professor of medicine, biomedical engineering and radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training, and the director of the Cardiology Bioengineering Laboratory. His research interests are focused on cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as the use of MRI to guide catheter ablation procedures. He received a BS from Purdue University, a graduate degree from UCLA, and a MD from Louisiana State University.

He has received six patents and has four more pending for systems and medical devices used in electrophysiology. He has also received an investigational device exemption from the FDA for a CPR technique.

Dr. Halperin has authored more than 75 articles and book chapters. He is a journal reviewer for eleven publications in his field; a grant reviewer for the Veterans Administration and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; an abstract reviewer for the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association; and a clinical guidelines reviewer for the American Association of Respiratory Care. He serves on the editorial board of Resuscitation magazine and on several regional and national committees of the American Heart Association.