A Woman's Journey 2017

Join us for our annual event that provides new information about women's health.

From nutrition and improving memory to heart disease and cancer, this empowering one-day program offered relevant health information taught by Johns Hopkins Medicine physicians.

Women heard firsthand about advances in medicine from people who are performing research in these medical specialties. Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends learned from Hopkins scientists and from each other. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital has adopted this program because we believe that healthy women are essential to healthy families.

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A Woman’s Journey 2017 - Colleen Christmas, M.D.

A Woman’s Journey 2017 - Laura Hummers, M.D., Sc.M.

Speakers and Topics

Wen Shen, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Topic: The Far Reaches of Hormones
Hormones do more than affect your mood. They can play an important role in understanding and alleviating chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia as well as autoimmune diseases, including lupus, arthritis and MS.  Gynecologist Wen Shen navigates the relationship between hormonal changes and improving our health.

About Dr. Wen Shen
Dr. Wen Shen is assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and director of the Johns Hopkins Colposcopy Clinic.

Dr. Wen Shen is a board-certified gynecologist who specializes in treating women with perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms superimposed on other chronic medical problems. Dr. Shen works alongside her patients’ primary care physicians and will recommend non-hormonal therapies and alternative treatment options for these conditions.

Her research interests include HPV in perimenopausal women and hormone therapies for menopausal women with autoimmune disease. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on menopause and perimenopause. Dr. Shen is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the North American Menopause Society.

She received her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University. Dr. Shen earned her M.D. from the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her medical residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Shen joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2005.

Colleen Christmas, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine

Topic: Hot Topics in Aging Research
With the burgeoning aging population in the United States, adults are looking for clues to live longer and improve their quality of life. What is the best prescription to stave off disease, prevent memory loss and frailty, remain healthy, and contribute to our families and society?  Learn about strategies that may help us age well from gerontologist Colleen Christmas as she discusses findings from ongoing research.

About Dr. Colleen Christmas
Dr. Colleen Christmas is associate professor of medicine providing primary care for geriatric patients and consultative geriatric medicine. She serves as the director of the primary care leadership track at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

With over 30 original research publications focusing on various geriatric health issues and the maximization of patient care outcomes and 40 review articles and book chapters, Dr. Christmas’ academic interests include medical education, nutrition and exercise in the elderly. She was named as one of Baltimore’s “Top Doctors” in geriatrics by Baltimore Magazine for 2014 and 2016.

She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine from the Medical College of Virginia, before joining Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Laura Hummers, M.D., Sc.M.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Clinical Director, Division of Rheumatology

Topic: Immune System Gone Awry
Autoimmune disorders, which are most prevalent among women of all ages, occur when the body's immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. More than 80 types of these diseases have been identified, from thyroid diseases, lupus and scleroderma to rheumatoid arthritis. Join us as rheumatologist Laura Hummers reveals suspected causes of autoimmune disorders, challenges in diagnosing these diseases and potential treatments that may help ameliorate painful symptoms in the future.

About Dr. Laura Hummers
Laura Hummers is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Hummers also serves as Clinical Director for the Division of Rheumatology.

Dr. Hummers actively participates in a number of clinical trials and clinical investigations at the Scleroderma Center and has a particular interest in predictors of outcomes in scleroderma. She actively manages a large patient practice focused exclusively on scleroderma and related conditions at Johns Hopkins and actively helps to manage the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center longitudinal database.

Presently, Dr. Hummers has established a prospective cohort of 300 patients with scleroderma being followed to identify incident vascular outcomes in the hopes of identifying new biomarkers for disease development and progression. These efforts have been supported by a K23 grant from NIH/NIAMS and as part of a SCCOR grant in pulmonary hypertension. She actively mentors several other faculty members and fellows in the division in investigations in systemic sclerosis. She also has specific expertise in other scleroderma-like conditions such as scleromyxedema, scleredema and eosinophilic fasciitis.

She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She then pursued her rheumatology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and has since been on the faculty working at the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center since 2003 where she has been Co-Director of the Center along with Fredrick Wigley. She received her ScM degree through the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010.

About a Woman's Journey

More than 20 years ago, two remarkable Baltimoreans approached Johns Hopkins Medicine with an idea that would affect the lives of thousands of women. Both survivors of cancer, Mollye Block and Harriet Legum wanted to empower women to make effective health care decisions for themselves and those they love. Johns Hopkins Medicine accepted their challenge. The result has been a powerful health conference, A Woman's Journey. Since 1995, this one-of-a-kind health education program has annually offered seminars- all taught by Johns Hopkins faculty physicians and scientists. Learn more about A Woman's Journey...

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