New Leaders within University of Maryland

Christopher Harman, M.D., an accomplished expert in maternal-fetal medicine, has been appointed chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Harman served as interim chair since 2010, as well as vice chair of the department for many years. Dr. Harman has also served as director of the division of maternal and fetal medicine, and co-director of the world-renowned Center for Advanced Fetal Care.

Dr. Harman is a distinguished and highly regarded physician-scientist and has conducted extensive research aimed at improving high-risk pregnancy care. He has published extensively on fetal medicine and has served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and many others. He published Invasive Fetal Testing and Treatment, an internationally recognized text on fetal therapy. Dr. Harman is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society. He is chairman of the board of directors and a founding member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFT Net).

Dr. Harman is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, where he also did his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. He completed his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Harman joined the clinical staff of the University of Manitoba, where his team performed fetal procedures such as intravenous transfusions and intrauterine bladder shunts for the first time in North America. Dr. Harman joined University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Harman can be reached at [email protected]

New leadership within the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Deborah M. Stein, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M., associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was recently promoted to chief of trauma. Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, who continues to serve as physician-in-chief at Shock Trauma, acknowledges, “Dr. Stein has done a remarkable job as chief of critical care and medical director of the neurotrauma intensive care unit. She will bring the same energy, organization, commitment and excellence to the trauma service in her new role.” Dr. Stein remains clinically active in both trauma and critical care but has shifted her administrative focus to trauma.

Dr. Stein received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and went on to complete a general surgery residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Stein then moved to Baltimore and completed a one-year surgical critical care and trauma fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. She then completed an optional second year of traumatology fellowship while she attended the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and received a master’s degree in public health with certificates in both injury control and health policy. She is board certified in general surgery with added qualification in surgical critical care and subspecialty certification in neurocritical care. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. 

Dr. Stein’s primary research interests are in traumatic brain injury, biomechanics of injury, hemorrhagic shock and functional outcome following traumatic injury. Her current main funded research activities are in the fields of resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Stein can be reached at [email protected]

James V. O’Connor, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C., F.C.C.P., associate professor of surgery, is now the chief of trauma critical care. Dr. O’Connor has had a diverse career. Upon completing his medical degree and a general surgery residency at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center-Kings County and a cardiothoracic fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia, he spent 12 years in a high-volume private practice group performing adult cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery.

Following that, he came to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and completed a fellowship in surgical critical care in 2001 and remained on the faculty and served as chief of thoracic and vascular trauma until 2010 when he was recruited to Gaston Memorial Hospital in North Carolina as chief of trauma, leading them through their initial designation as a trauma center. 

Dr. O’Connor recently returned to the University of Maryland resuming his previous position and added new responsibilities as chief of critical care. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery with certification in surgical/critical care. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology and American College of Chest Physicians. He has written extensively on thoracic trauma and has lectured both nationally and internationally.

Dr. O’Connor can be reached at [email protected]

In Memoriam

William J. Weiner, M.D., professor and chairman of the department of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who was nationally known for his work with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, died in late December of multiple myeloma. A native of Chicago, Dr. Weiner received his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He did residency training in neurology at the University of Minnesota and at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. The early death of his father from Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative genetic disorder, influenced him to study medicine.

Dr. Weiner joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Dr. Lisa M. Shulman, a neurologist who is co-director of the University of Maryland’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Dr. Weiner was 67.