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Kernan Hospital Announces Appointment of New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. John P. Straumanis to take CMO post.

Dr. John P. Straumanis

Baltimore, MD (November 4, 2010) - Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Woodlawn, the largest provider of rehabilitation care in Maryland, has announced the appointment of John P. Straumanis, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, as chief medical officer.

"We are proud to welcome Dr. Straumanis as a medical leader to Kernan Hospital, one of 12 members of the University of Maryland Medical System," said Glenn F. Robbins, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Dr. Straumanis, who has served as Assistant Professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will assume his new position on November 15. He has been with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center since 1996.

Dr. Straumanis, who is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine, completed his fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at The Children's Hospital and The University of Colorado School of Health Sciences in Denver, Colorado. His residency was completed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and has been involved nationally in patient safety activities.

"Dr. Straumanis is a wonderful addition to Kernan," said Michael Jablonover, M.D., MBA, FACP and CEO of Kernan. "His commitment to, and passion regarding quality care and patient safety, as well as his expertise in these fields, are assets to Kernan's patients and community. He currently serves as Chairman of the University of Maryland Medical Center's multispecialty Peer Review Committee, has been a leader within the Medical Center in promoting best practices, and has led major performance improvement activities."

About Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

A 132-bed rehabilitation and orthopaedic specialty hospital, Kernan specializes in joint replacements and treatment of sports injuries; neck, back, upper and lower extremity injuries; scoliosis; trauma reconstruction; plastic surgery; and dental surgery for adults and children. Kernan's William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center provides the most technologically advanced therapy for orthopaedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurologic disorders. Kernan is also the home of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.