Established in 1987 by Bertram Bernheim Jr. in honor of his father, with support from other members of the Bernheim family

Image Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine Dept. of Surgery Development Office BERTRAM M. BERNHEIM, A&S 1905, a Hopkins surgeon who did pioneering work in blood transfusion and vascular surgery, was an early advocate of patients' rights and of group medical practices. He was instrumental in establishing public ambulance service by the Baltimore City Fire Department. Besides writing many professional articles, Dr. Bernheim was also an award-winning author of books for the layman including A Surgeon's Domain, Adventures in Blood Transfusion, and The Story of Johns Hopkins. (Pictured from the left: Bertram M. Bernheim, I.W. Burnham II, and Bertram Bernheim Jr.)


BERTRAM "PETE" BERNHEIM JR., A&S 1937, retired from the Air Force in 1963 as a lieutenant colonel, going on to successful careers as an electronic data processing manager and then as a stockbroker. Other contributors to the professorship were Pete's brother, I.W. BURNHAM II; his sister, MINDA B. WELTZER; nephews JON M. BURNHAM and THOMAS B. HESS; and niece WENDY KAYE.


Image Credit: Keith Weller JAMES H. BLACK, the Bertram M. Bernheim Research Professor of Surgery, is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He is also an assistant program director for the Halsted Training Program in General Surgery and serves as the program director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Black directly mentors ten residents, varying from interns to chief residents, to assist and promote their didactic education and sits on the residency promotion committee for the General Surgery Program.

Dr. Black’s clinical expertise includes performance of complex aortic surgery, including thoracoabdominal aortic repairs, the most challenging operation in vascular surgery. He has gained national recognition for his care of patients with connective tissue disorders, particularly those afflicted by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, in whom presentations often have very technically demanding repair.

He serves as a peer reviewer for several surgical journals, including the leading international vascular surgical journal, the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Black was recently distinguished as a “Key Reviewer” for this journal, a categorization reserved for those who submit the most outstanding article reviews. He has also been a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery, discussing aortic dissections, the cost of thoracic aortic replacement, and the manifestations of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. Dr. Black has lectured internationally regarding the complex aortic surgery techniques he has mastered and developed. Reflecting the value of his clinical scholarship, the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation named him to the national advisory board for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.