Established in 1996 by Frances Watt Baker and Lenox D. Baker Jr.

Image Credit: Doug Barber FRANCES WATT BAKER and LENOX D. BAKER JR., both A&S 1963, Med 1966, have strong family ties to Hopkins, where they met as students. Frances Baker, who trained as a pediatrician, is a member of the Alumni Council. Lenox Baker, a former senior partner in Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Norfolk, Virginia, is a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine and trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University. He co-chaired the Johns Hopkins Initiative fundraising campaign.

More than a dozen of the Bakers' relatives also are Hopkins affiliated, including both of their fathers--Lenox D. Baker Sr., who served as chief resident in orthopaedic surgery in the l930s, and James Watt, Med 1935, SPH 1936 (MPH), who served on the public health faculty--as well as their oldest daughter, Sarah Baker, SPH 1995 (MPH).

This was the first endowed deanship created at Johns Hopkins and is one of only a handful at medical schools nationwide.


"Sometimes the reward from giving to Hopkins comes in the brilliant career of a scholarship student, and sometimes it comes in a miraculous medical breakthrough. We can guarantee there is tremendous enjoyment in seeing your gift make a difference."
Frances W. and Lenox D. Baker


PAUL B. ROTHMAN is the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty, Vice President for Medicine of The Johns Hopkins University, and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is the 14th dean of the School of Medicine and the second chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

As Dean/CEO, Dr. Rothman oversees both the Johns Hopkins Health System and the School of Medicine. A rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, Dr. Rothman came to Hopkins in July 2012 after having served as dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and leader of its clinical practice plan since 2008. Previously, he served as head of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, beginning in 2004, and prior to that as vice chairman for research and founding director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he joined the faculty in 1986.

A 1980 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Rothman earned his medical degree from Yale University in 1984. He then trained at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University prior to joining its medical school faculty.

During his six-year tenure as chief of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia, Dr. Rothman built new clinical programs, expanded the faculty from 12 to 40 and increased clinical revenues and research funding 15-fold. As a researcher both at Columbia and at Iowa, he has investigated the signaling pathways in cells required for allergic immune response and cancer, and he has excelled in extending his basic science discoveries into insights that have advanced patient care.

As head of internal medicine at Iowa, Dr. Rothman substantially expanded that department’s financial reserves, recruited new divisional leaders, thereby increasing the faculty to a record 230, added clinical programs, launched programs to enhance diversity and mentor young faculty, and oversaw the launch of an interdepartmental heart and vascular center and an organ transplant center. During his four years as dean, he recruited outstanding departmental leaders from across the country, collaborated on the development of a mission-based budget model and a strategic plan for the academic medical center, and stabilized the medical college’s finances despite cuts in state support. He also initiated an overhaul of the medical curriculum, enhanced the medical college’s diversity programs, and worked successfully with other deans and university leadership on innovative, interdisciplinary research and education initiatives.