Established in 1901 by the estate of Henry Willis Baxley

Image Credit: Jay Van Rensselaer/Homewood Photography Physician HENRY WILLIS BAXLEY created the first named professorship at the School of Medicine and the second named professorship in the university. The income from this endowment, invested by Hopkins over the past century, continues to provide support to the Department of Pathology. A Baltimore native, Dr. Baxley helped found the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. He died in 1876. (Image shown is of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.)


J. BROOKS JACKSON, MD, MBA, the Baxley Professor in Pathology and director of the Department of Pathology, is an internationally recognized researcher in HIV diagnostics, prevention and treatment. He joined Hopkins in 1996, and in 2000 was named pathologist-in-chief of the hospital. A clinical pathologist, he and colleagues have revolutionized prevention of HIV infection in developing countries by identifying a low-cost, simple and effective strategy to prevent transmission of the virus from women to their infants during childbirth. A leader in the field in conducting HIV prevention and treatment trials, he serves as the group PI of the NIH-sponsored International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group. He has authored and co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles in HIV/AIDS. In addition to his research, Dr. Jackson is an active clinician and teacher in his board-certified subspecialty, transfusion medicine, and serves as the chair of the Professional Promotions Committee for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.