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Symposium Honors Retired Professor Barry Handwerger, MD

Monday, November 24, 2008

 Drs. Hochberg (from left), Handwerger and Frank Calia, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine.

The Leon Kochman, MD, Symposium in Rheumatology was held in Davidge Hall on November 21, 2008. Hosted by Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, current Head of the Division of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, it honored Barry S. Handwerger, MD, who recently retired as a professor in the Department of Medicine, where he was head of the Division of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology from 1985-95 and Associate Chair for Research from 1995-2001.

Presenters during the symposium included faculty members Sergei Atamas, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Violeta Rus, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Charles Via, MD, Adjunct Professor of Medicine; Simeon Goldblum, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Jeffrey Hasday, MD, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.

Myron Levine, MD, DTPH, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology and Pediatrics, as well as Director of the Center for Vaccine Development, couldn't attend in person but sent his regards via video. "Your courage, tenacity and perseverence are truly inspiring," Dr. Levine told his colleague, who was clearly touched by the tribute.

Jan Thompson, President of the Arthritis Foundation's Maryland Chapter, was another colleague who came to praise the good doctor, who has a long history of volunteering with her organization. More so than the time he gives, though, "it's the humanity with which you do your work that really matters," she told Dr. Handwerger.

Anthony Rosen, MD, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Rheumatology, who has collaborated with Dr. Handwerger on research for the Arthritis Foundation, agreed. "I am so much richer for having worked with him," he praised.

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