Established in 1993 by Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland Inc. in honor of Lawrence Cardinal Shehan

Image Credit: Archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland LAWRENCE CARDINAL SHEHAN was ordained to the priesthood in Rome in 1922 and retired in 1974 after long and distinguished service. He became pastor of St. Patrick's Parish in Washington, DC, then was ordained a bishop in 1945, serving as auxiliary bishop of Baltimore until 1953, when Pope Pius XII named him the first bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He returned to Baltimore as coadjutor archbishop and then, in 1961, became archbishop. In 1965, Pope Paul VI elevated Archbishop Shehan to the cardinalate.


GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL, located in northeast Baltimore, was founded in 1968 through the benevolence of local merchant and philanthropist Thomas O'Neill. It has matured as one of Baltimore's premier comprehensive community hospitals. Good Samaritan and Johns Hopkins Medicine have worked together on centers of clinical and academic excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedics, and rheumatology.


JEFFREY B. PALMER, the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, came to Hopkins in 1983 and is also professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and of functional anatomy and evolution. In 2004, he was appointed director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and physiatrist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. A physician-scientist, Dr. Palmer has received numerous awards for his studies on the motor control of mastication and swallowing. He has published more than 70 papers and book chapters, most on swallowing and its disorders, as well as a book on living with spinal cord injury. Dr. Palmer serves on the editorial boards of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the journal Dysphagia.