RICHMAN FAMILY PROFESSORSHIP FOR ALZHEIMER'S AND RELATED DISEASES
Established in 2009 by Alison and Arnold Richman

ALISON RICHMAN, an adoption social worker for Jewish Community Services, and ARNOLD RICHMAN, a partner at the Shelter Group, LLC, a Baltimore-based national real estate development firm that, among other activities, develops and manages senior housing and assisted living retirement communities, have dedicated their lives to participating in and building community. From raising their three daughters, working in careers that enrich the lives of others, and contributing time and money to causes they believe in, Alison and Arnie Richman are models of making positive change in the world.

Alison is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and sits on their board of advisors. Along with Arnie, they established an endowed scholarship at the school to benefit MSW students in families and children specializations. She is also a member of the board at Temple Oheb Shalom Learning Ladder.

Prior to his work at The Shelter Group, Arnie was a partner at Meridian Healthcare for 26 years. It was through Meridian’s involvement in nursing home care that introduced Arnie to Johns Hopkins and to faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry. Arnie currently serves as a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as on the Baltimore Community Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a board director at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies as well as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Arnie currently serves as co-chair of the Department of Psychiatry’s Advisory Board where his inspired leadership contributes to both the board and the department’s direction and success.

 

PETER V. RABINS, the inaugural Richman Family Professor of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases, was born in Everett, Massachusetts, and raised in Hollywood, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he received MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. He then completed a one-year internship in internal medicine at Tulane and a psychiatry residency at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (now the Oregon Health and Sciences University).

Dr. Rabins came to Johns Hopkins in 1977 to do a one-year fellowship with Marshal Folstein in consultation/neuro-psychiatry and was appointed as an assistant professor and the founder of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program in 1978. He has been a professor of psychiatry since 1993 and serves as vice chair for academic affairs in the psychiatry department. He has joint appointments in the departments of Health Policy and Management and Mental Health in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Early in his career Dr. Rabins (along with Folstein) was the first to demonstrate that delirium predicted increased mortality in the year after discharge from hospital, a finding that has since been widely replicated. In the same year he published the earliest paper establishing the high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia and demonstrated that these symptoms correlate with distress in family caregivers (JAMA 1982). In 1981 Dr. Rabins co-authored, with Nancy Mace, The 36-Hour Day. This book remains the best-selling family guide to the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, selling over 2.25 million copies to date, and its four editions have sold more copies than any other book published by the Johns Hopkins Press.

In recent years Dr. Rabins has focused his research on improving the delivery of psychiatric care to the elderly and on the study of the non-Alzheimer dementias. He developed and demonstrated the efficacy of a nurse-centered model of care to elders living in public housing (JAMA 2000) that has been certified as one of the few evidence-based practices in geriatric psychiatry. He has developed scales to measure quality of life and severe cognitive impairment in dementia, and has led a team studying the care of patients with late-stage dementia. With David Blass he described a new form of fronto-temporal dementia (Neurology, 2004) and with Brian Appleby has identified several new clinical presentations of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Public and professional education has also continued to be a focus of Rabins’ efforts. He has chaired two American Psychiatric Association task forces that developed treatment guidelines for dementia and written a book for the public, Getting Old without Getting Anxious. With Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, the Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor of Alzheimer's Research, he has co-authored a text book for professionals entitled Practical Dementia Care, and co-edited Psychiatric Aspects of Neuropsychiatric Diseases.