C. Lockard Conley Award
For Contributions to Resident Education & Research
David B. Hellmann, MD, MACP
David B. Hellmann, MD, MACP is the Aliki Perroti Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a Vice Dean for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Hellmann is a graduate of Yale College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following his internship and residency on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco.
A recipient of highly prestigious teaching awards from the University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, and from the American College of Physicians, and a recipient of local and national "Best Doctor" awards, Dr. Hellmann is also a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Hellmann is nationally recognized as a consummate educator and clinician. In 1998 he was co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center. He is the author of more than 150 articles and chapters, is the editor of Medicine, an associate editor of The American Journal of Medicine, and serves on the Editorial Board of The Pharos. Dr. Hellmann is a Trustee of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and has served as Governor of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and as a Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine (2000-2006). In 2004 Dr. Hellmann created the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine (CIM), which seeks to improve the quality of medical care on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus by promoting innovations in patient care and medical research.
Despite his challenging administrative responsibilities, Dr. Hellmann gives interns and residents individualized attention by providing for a two hour weekly session during the Chief’s Rounds. It is during these rounds, which are done at the bedside of the patient, where Dr. Hellmann is able to demonstrate how powerfully human interactions can affect medical assessments and decisions. Dr. Hellmann is always sure to use clear language, making sure that patients are treated with both the utmost courtesy and respect during the interview. He then gives an impromptu lesson on the physical exam, and centers on important physical findings relevant to the patient's condition. Additionally, he serves as the faculty discussant during intern morning report, every Monday morning. It is during these morning reports, where interns are encouraged to think broadly, particularly focusing on the generation of a differential diagnosis. Lastly, second and third year residents rotate through Dr. Helllmann's rheumatology clinic, where he allows a full hour for a resident to evaluate a patient, meet them as a person, and discuss their medical issues with them. It is difficult to protect time like this in many clinical settings, but Dr. Hellmann has done it, just for the benefit of our housestaff.
In writing his letter of nomination for Dr. Hellmann, the chief resident states:
“Dr. Hellmann has helped me greatly in my development as a chief resident. Most importantly, he taught me that a leader must not only be well-respected, but is most effective when he or she holds the hearts of those in the Department. He has created a culture of treating housestaff like family, which has made a tremendous impact on the way that I (and my residents) look upon medical training.”
Finally, as a scholar, Dr. Hellmann has spearheaded the Aliki Initiative, along with a core group of faculty from the Bayview campus. The Initiative aims to revitalize humanism in medicine, by allowing a ward team the time to truly know the people who have the disease, rather than the diseases who have the people. The Aliki team also enjoys protected time, which they are able to use in home visits following discharge, as well as careful attention and additional training in transitions of care.
Dr. Hellmann certainly embodies all of the positive aspects in primary care which were represented by Dr. C. Lockard Conley, who recently passed away. The Maryland ACP believes that with mentors such as Dr. Hellmann, who bring out only the “very best” in their students and residents, Dr. Conley’s legacy will live on for many years to come. We are pleased to present the 2010 Maryland Chapter C. Lockard Conley Award to Dr. David Hellmann.
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