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Lou and Nancy Grasmick Professorship in Cardiology

School of Medicine

Established in 2022 by Nancy S. Grasmick

NANCY S. GRASMICK, Ed.D., served as the State Superintendent of Maryland Public Schools from 1991 – 2011. She was the first female superintendent in Maryland history and the longest-serving appointed superintendent in U.S. history.  In addition to endowing the Lou and Nancy Grasmick Professorship, Nancy has established both the Lou and Nancy Grasmick Research Fellowship in Cardiology and an endowment to support the physician-scientist pathway of the Osler Residency program in the Department of Medicine – all since 2018.  These and other gifts from Nancy and her late husband LOU GRASMICK, a former member of the Heart and Vascular Institute Board of Governors, represent an impressive history of philanthropic support. Over more than three decades, the Grasmicks’ contributions have supported the construction of the Zayed Tower, the cardiac rehabilitation program, the Ciccarone Center, and the Broccoli Center for Aortic Studies, among others.

In addition to her support of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nancy is a generous donor of her time and talents throughout Johns Hopkins and beyond. She established the Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute at Towson University, her alma mater, in 2021 and was named the Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation in 2012. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Peabody Institute and the Kennedy Krieger Institute and serves on the Osler Advisory Board of the Department of Medicine.

Held by Wendy S. Post

WENDY S. POST, M.D., M.S., is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and Director of Research for the Hopkins Division of Cardiology. She also serves as the Director of the Hopkins field center for the NIH- funded Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  Wendy first arrived at Johns Hopkins as a cardiology fellow in 1994. Since then, she has rightfully earned a reputation as an internationally recognized leader in cardiovascular disease and epidemiology research during almost three decades at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Post is known for her seminal contributions to our understanding of subclinical atherosclerosis, genetics, and cardiovascular disease risk, especially in women and racial/ethnic minorities. She leads the long-standing NIH T32 post-doc training program in cardiology along with David Kass and is an associate editor for Circulation. She has established herself as a scientific leader in the understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in people living with HIV, publishing extensively on the cardiovascular risk associated with HIV infection. Most recently, she has been one of the leaders in efforts to study the long-term cardiovascular effects of COVID-19.  In addition, she has spearheaded the creation of a formal faculty mentoring program within the division.