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Robert and Marion Rosenthal Professorship in Spine Surgery

School of Medicine

Established in 2017

ROBERT M. ROSENTHAL has been an integral part of the nation’s automotive industry since the early 1950’s. A native Washingtonian, Bob has served as Director and President of the Washington Area Automobile Dealers Association. He has also received numerous awards including the two most coveted dealer awards – the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award and the International American Automobile Dealers/Sports Illustrated Dealer of Distinction.

In 1951, Bob graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he met his wife, MARION. They were to marry that same year; and in 1954, Bob became President of Rosenthal Chevrolet, the dealership he founded with his father, Harry Rosenthal. In a career that has spanned over 60 years, Bob founded more than 40 dealerships, making him one of the automotive industry’s largest dealers in the country. Many of these have been sold to managers, fulfilling his desire to help talented employees become dealers.

Bob’s business interests are not only confined to the automotive industry. They also include real estate, advertising, insurance, and formerly an aviation charter company. For over 33 years, Bob served on the Board of Directors of First Virginia Bank (now BB&T). He also served on the board of the Washington Airport Authority.

In addition to his outstanding contributions to the business community, Bob and his wife, Marion have also supported many diverse civic charities and cultural institutions over the years. Some of these include the Scholarship Program at the Fox Business School of Temple University, the Eisenhower Hospital in Palm Desert, CA, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Washington, DC and the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Bob is a former trustee of the Phillips Collection and is presently serving on the Trustees’ Council of the National Gallery of Art. The Rosenthals have been very supportive of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since its inception in 1971, and Marion has served on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra. Her philanthropy has spread to many other Arts organizations and charities.

Over the years, Bob and Marion have been dedicated members of the Young Presidents Organization. This involvement has enabled them to travel the world adding great dimension to their lives.

Another aspect of Bob’s life has been his passion for collecting vintage cars. He has a remarkable collection of 36 cars ranging from a 1932 Ford to a 1955 Corvette. Other cars include a Rolls Royce, Packard, Bentley, 22 Woodies and a 1936 Ford Phaeton — a gift from his daughters and almost an exact match to his first car.

Bob and Marion have been married for 65 years and have 3 daughters and 3 grand­children living between Los Angeles, Sun Valley, New York and Washington, DC.

Held by Khaled Kebaish

Dr. KHALED KEBAISH holds a dual appointment as Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as well as Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kebaish is also the Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship. The youngest of 7 children, Dr. Khaled Kebaish was born in a small village in the Eastern province of Egypt and moved to Cairo at age 5 with his older brothers and sisters to attend school. He pursued his undergraduate and medical degree at Cairo University where he then went on to complete an internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Cairo University Hospitals. Subsequently, he decided to pursue further training in North America, and moved to the United States in 2004 where he began as a resident in the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. He then was selected to train in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto as a resident and a chief resident, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). In 1999, Dr. Kebaish joined the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Department as a Spine Surgery Fellow in Complex Spine Deformity Surgery. During his fellowship, he was offered a faculty position and has stayed ever since, reaching the level of professor in September 2015.

Dr. Kebaish has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, and 20 book chapters. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Kebaish is currently investigating disc degeneration, spine biomechanics and clinical outcomes in spinal deformity surgery.

His research work has been recognized both nationally and internationally, and he is a two time winner of the prestigious Hibbs Award for best scientific research from the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Kebaish was also the recipient of the SRS Traveling Fellowship in 2010 for his distinction in the field of spinal deformity. One of his most impactful contributions is the introduction of a new surgical procedure for sacro-pelvic fixation “the S2AI technique”. This technique, which was the product of biomechanical, radiographic and clinical studies, has been widely adopted by spine surgeons around the world.

Dr. Kebaish has mentored over 35 fellows from 3 different continents. In addition, he has been a visiting professor in 15 countries. He has mentored and taught Hopkins orthopaedic students and residents continuously since 2000, and received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2013. He has also completed two marathons, both under four hours.

He is married to Dr. Floreana Kebaish and together they have two sons, Noah, 4, and Yassin, 2.