Rosen Receives Endowed Professorship

Antony Rosen, M.D., Director of Rheumatology was the recipient of The Mary Betty Stevens Professorship in Medicine.  Installation took place on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus.

The first endowed professorships were established nearly 500 years ago with the creation of the Lady Margaret chairs in divinity at Oxford and Cambridge.  These chairs were sponsored by Margaret, Countess of Richmond, and mother of Henry VII.  In 1546, Henry VIII established the Regius Professorships at both universities in five subjects: divinity, civil law, Hebrew, Greek, and physics – what we now know as medicine and the basic sciences.  later, private individuals joined in providing chairs, such as the Luchasian Chair of mathematics, which Isaac Newton held beginning in 1669.  The honor associated with appointment to an endowed position has remained unchanged since then.

At Johns Hopkins, endowed professorships are especially important to our ongoing mission of teaching, research, and service.  Endowment that allows for the hiring and retention of the best faculty is the foundation on which our success is built.  The men and women who hold endowed professorships conduct some of our most significant research, attract the best students who want to work with acknowledged leaders, and bring considerable prestige to the Hopkins name.

About Mary Betty Stevens
Mary Betty Stevens trained at Hopkins and joined the faculty in 1960.  She went on to become director of the Division of Rheumatology – the first woman appointed to head a Hopkins medicine division – and also director of rheumatology at Good Samaritan Hospital.  Known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on arthritis, Dr. Stevens directed the Arthritis Center at Hopkins.  She also developed the Hopkins-Good Samaritan Rheumatic Disease Unit, which became renowned for clinical research on lupus and vasculitis.  Widely admired as a devoted physician, a masterful clinician, and an inspirational teacher, Dr. Steven attracted hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows to study at her side.

About Antony Rosen
Director of the Division of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Pathology, Dr. Rosen is a creative and effective researcher, clinician and teacher, who has been highly successful in recruiting and mentoring the next generation of clinical and translational investigators in the rheumatic diseases.  Dr. Rosen received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1984 with first class honors.  After completing his internship in Medicine and Surgery and a year of postdoctoral study in Medical Biochemistry, he joined Dr. Alan Aderem at the Rockefeller University to pursue postdoctoral studies in Immunology and Cell Biology (1987-1990).

He returned to clinical medicine and was an Osler resident and rheumatology fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He subsequently joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and rose to the rank of Professor in 2002.  He has been Director of the Division of Rheumatology since then, overseeing a substantial expansion in the fellowship program and building the faculty from 14 to 23 during that time.