Established in 1999 by a commitment made by Harriet and Jeffrey Legum

HARRIET LEGUM translated her personal experience with cancer into an opportunity to help others. After successful treatment, she took the helm of a campaign to raise significant funding for breast cancer research at Hopkins. Mrs. Legum, who herself provided generous support, was joined by other donors, including her mother-in-law, NAOMI HENDLER LEGUM, and her husband, JEFFREY LEGUM, to endow the Breast Cancer Research Chair, as well as having endowed a breast cancer research fellowship. Mrs. Legum also serves on the board of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Hopkins Medicine Board of Advisors, and the Wilmer and Kimmel advisory councils. Co-founder and co-chair of "A Woman's Journey," an educational program featuring Hopkins faculty, Mrs. Legum is the recipient of the American Cancer Society's Award of Hope. She has held volunteer leadership positions at the Associated Jewish Charities, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Park School, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Neurological Care Unit, for which the Legums have chosen to establish a professorship at Johns Hopkins, was one of the first in the world to apply contemporary approaches for maintaining and protecting the brain following acute severe injuries. To further this approach, the professorship supports research into the application of basic neurobiologic approaches and interventional treatments to acute brain illness.


Mr. Legum is president and chief executive officer of the Park Circle Motor Company, a holding company. Previously he served as president and chief executive officer of Legum Chevrolet/Nissan and the Westminster Motor Company. He is a member of the board of the Baltimore Museum of Art, serves on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and is a member of the Wilmer Advisory Council. Mr. Legum's first association with Hopkins was as a lay member of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research at the Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He has served as treasurer of the Park School, vice president of the Associated Placement Bureau, and a trustee of both the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore and the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.


Daniel F. Hanley, the Jeffrey and Harriet Legum Professor of Acute Neurological Medicine, is a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, nursing and anesthesiology/critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins. He directs the Brain Injury Outcomes Program at Hopkins and is the founding director of the Neurosurgery and Neurology Critical Care Unit, which has become the regional center of excellence and an internationally recognized academic/research model. Dr. Hanley’s expertise is in the area of acute brain disorders including stroke, brain hemorrhage, coma and brain infections. A recipient of the Alexander Humboldt Research Prize for his research in brain injury, Dr. Hanley has edited five books and monographs on the subject and has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an associate editor of Critical Care Medicine.