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USC Pediatrician honored by Johns Hopkins

Vernon T. Tolo, professor of pediatrics and vice chair for pediatric orthopaedics, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.

Tolo and 14 other scientists and clinicians were honored during the society’s induction ceremony on May 23, and again at the university’s commencement ceremony the following day. Currently vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he will serve as that organization’s president in 2002­2003.

The society inducts former postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty at John Hopkins who have gained marked distinction in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences, or in the humanities.

“I was excited and surprised when I learned I had been selected for the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars,” Tolo said. “It is an honor that means a tremendous amount to me, having spent nearly 20 years associated with Johns Hopkins.”

Tolo has made major contributions to pediatric orthopedic spine surgery, pediatric skeletal trauma and professional development. His work on spinal stenosis in achonodroplasia, and other spinal problems, has made treatment safer and more effective. He has built an outstanding academic department whose work has advanced the fields of trauma treatment, cerebral palsy and children’s bone tumors.

The Committee of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars elects the scholars from among nominations made by Johns Hopkins faculty members.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Minnesota in 1964, and his medical degree from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1968. He also served his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins. From 1975-1976, he was a Clinical Study Fellow in Orthopaedics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Last year, two Keck School of Medicine faculty members were selected as 2000 Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars inductees: Tom DeMeester, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, and Ronald E. Smith, Charles S. and Hildegard Warren Chair in Vision Research and professor of the Department of Ophthalmology.

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