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Moses and Helen Golden Paulson Professorship in Gastroenterology

School of Medicine

Established in 1982 by the estate of Helen G. Paulson in honor of her husband

PaulsonGoldenAs a girl growing up in West Virginia, HELEN GOLDEN, A&S 1924 (MS), hoped to become a doctor, but was discouraged from this dream by her father. A few hundred miles away in Baltimore, MOSES PAULSON shared the same ambition, recalling that “few people even graduated from high school in those days.” He realized his goal, however, and met and married Helen, a Hopkins sociology graduate student whose thesis was titled, “The Care and Education of Crippled Children in Baltimore.”

Dr. Paulson, who died in 1991, had a successful private practice and a Hopkins career that spanned more than 40 years–developing, with a colleague, fiberoptic endoscopy, one of the most sophisticated tools for diagnosing GI disease; teaching his students about psychosomatic factors in disease long before these were widely recognized; and editing what became a standard text, Gastroenterologic Medicine. Mrs. Paulson, who died in 1993, worked for many years with the Baltimore League for Crippled Children and Adults, and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Baltimore City Medical Society and the Johns Hopkins Women’s Club.

Held by Anne Marie Lennon

ANNE MARIE LENNON, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D., is a professor of medicine, oncology, radiology and surgery. She earned her medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and her doctorate from the National University of Ireland. She then completed internal medicine residency training at the Mater Hospital in Dublin and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, followed by a gastroenterology fellowship in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Lennon came to Hopkins to complete a two-year Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship in endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and joined the faculty in 2010. Dr. Lennon is a renowned and highly productive researcher, and was recently elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, a highly selective national organization honoring physician scientists.

Since joining the faculty, Dr. Lennon spearheaded the establishment of the first-ever Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cyst Program. She continues to direct the program, whose multidisciplinary approach has become the standard of care in centers across the U.S. She is an accomplished administrator, and has served as clinical director of the division since 2017. She has proven to be a valuable leader and mentor, not only during her time as interim director, but throughout her Hopkins career. Last year, she began the Mary Elizabeth Garrett Executive Leadership Program for Women Faculty Program from the Johns Hopkins Office of Women in Science and Medicine.