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Fellowship is one of the highest honors the Association bestows. To be awarded Fellow, the nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

The key word for this award is "outstanding:" the nominee must truly stand out among one's peers. The term implies contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one's community or state. While there are thousands of members who fulfill their professional responsibilities competently, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition.  Read more. 


Thank you to all the Staff of the Milton J Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Voice center for the heroic work they have done before and after epic go live. Team work doesn’t begin to capture the sense of what happened here. In our center, patients and staff will find dedicated, hardworking and an exceptionally talented group of professionals.

Here is what we think of when we think of our team:



Dysphagia Research Society

Congratulations to our own Barbara Pisano Messing on her well received and award winning presentation of the Efficacy of Prophylactic Swallow Intervention for Head and Neck Cancer Patients at the Dysphagia Research Society annual meeting in Arizona last week. She was honored with the 2016 American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Award and the 2016 CSDRG Logeman Travel Award.

Melissa E. Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Specialist, Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation

Certified Alaryngeal Speech Instructor, International Association of Laryngectomees.


Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S

Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing Disorders

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who have advanced knowledge, skills and experience are recognized by the designation of BRS-S or Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. This certificate is akin to Board Certification that qualified physicians hold. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association, that grants basic certification to all SLPs as an entry level requirement for practice, began this program of Specialty Recognition in 1995. While BRS-S is voluntary, it is becoming the standard for identifying an SLP who is an expert in dysphagia, or swallowing disorders.

Named Clinical Specialist in Head & Neck Rehabilitation by the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Clinical Specialist Accomplishment through Clinical Competency Advancement.

Named Alaryngeal Speech Instructor through the International Association of Laryngectomees.  Completed the IAL-sponsored Voice Institute training. 


Patti Bailey, M.S., CCC-SLP

Member, National Association of Neonatal Therapists


Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD

CSO: Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Board certification is granted in recognition of an applicant's documented practice experience and successful completion of an examination in the area of oncology nutrition.  It provides patients with a tool to evaluate the expertise of a nutrition clinician.

CNSD: Certified nutrition Support Dietitian by the American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition and the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification (NBNSC).

Credentialing with the NBNSC identifies and individual as a qualified nutrition support provider.  This individual has the expertise in managing enteral (tube feeding) and parenteral nutrition.

GBMC Oncology Social Worker Receives Prestigious National Recognition

BALTIMORE, Md. - March 18, 2010 - Dorothy Gold, LCSW-C, OSW-C, a 6½ year employee of Greater Baltimore Medical Center and a resident of Pikesville, has received a prestigious national honor in her field of social work. Gold, senior oncology social worker at GBMC's Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, has been named Social Worker of the Year by the Association of Oncology Social Work.

"I'm humbled and proud to receive this professional recognition," Gold said. "Working with outstanding colleagues in a multidisciplinary approach certainly has allowed me to reach great individual achievements and contribute to our team's successful work with patients and their families."

The AOSW's Social Worker of the Year award recognizes a professional who in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate service is a model for the profession, and who displays integrity and commitment to oncology social work, clinical expertise in delivering patient care services, and knowledge of community resources and skills in advocating for fulfilling patient and family needs.

"Dorothy is very deserving of this award and strives to place patients' needs first and foremost each and every day," said Barbara Messing, administrative director of the Dance Center.

AOSW was created in 1984 to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families and caregivers through networking, education, advocacy, research and resource development. Gold will receive the award at the American Oncology Social Worker Association's annual conference in May.


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