With this edition of CMDT, we thank and say goodbye to Dr. David B. Hellmann, a 30-year contributor to the “Rheumatologic, Immunologic, & Allergic Disorders” chapter. For a dozen of those years, Dr. Hellmann coauthored this chapter with Dr. John B. Imboden, Jr., and together they served as coeditors of another McGraw-Hill textbook, Current Rheumatology Diagnosis & Treatment.
Dr. Hellmann, a graduate of Yale College, received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, his internal medicine training on the Osler Service at Hopkins, and completed his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of California San Francisco. A practicing rheumatologist, Dr. Hellmann has been recognized as one of America’s top doctors and has received multiple local and national teaching and service awards. He has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books. Now the Aliki Perroti Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Hellmann first served as the Program Director for the Osler Medical Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 2000 to 2021, he served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and became Vice Dean for that campus in 2005.
In 2004, David launched the Center for Innovative Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus to bring together and to support people dedicated to promoting the ideal of Medicine as a public trust. This Center has (1) redesigned the Bayview internal medicine training to emphasize knowing the patient as a person; (2) created an Academy of Clinical Excellence; (3) increased the diversity of house staff and faculty leadership; (4) partnered with community centers, religious organizations, and schools to promote public health and wellness; and (5) established a novel Precision Medicine Center of Care at Bayview.
David has also served as Governor for the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians, as a Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as a member of the American Internal Medicine Board Foundation, and as editor of Medicine (Baltimore).
He and his wife, Linda, live in Baltimore and enjoy ballroom dancing. They have two children and four granddaughters.
We wish David the very best for continuing his work in the Vasculitis Center he founded at Hopkins Bayview to care for patients with this complex disorder and for continuing his leadership of the Academy of Clinical Excellence in the Center for Innovative Medicine. As his editors, we have been exceedingly grateful for David’s comprehensive and timely annual updates. It has been a sincere pleasure to work with him on CMDT for the past 30 years, and we have thoroughly enjoyed our frequent conversations with him. Thank you, David. We will miss working with you!