Flotte elected to Society of Scholars

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

January 24, 2013

flotte-terenceTerence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

Established in 1967, the society honors distinguished former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and who have since gained distinction in their fields. The Committee of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars elects a limited number of scholars each year, based on recommendation made by academic departments. The society has inducted 551 members to date.

Dr. Flotte received his undergraduate degree in the biological sciences from the University of New Orleans in 1982, and his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1986. After serving his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, he completed a pediatric pulmonary fellowship and postdoctoral training in molecular virology there in 1992. In 1995, he was the principal investigator on the research protocol at Johns Hopkins that was the first to use rAAV as a vehicle to deliver corrective genes to targeted sites in the body. Since then, he has conducted several Phase 1 clinical trials for both AAT and cystic fibrosis as well as a Phase 2 clinical trial in AAT with vectors developed in his lab.

“The period of time that I spent at Johns Hopkins was transformative for me. It was there that I truly became a pediatric physician-scientist,” said Flotte. “I am honored to be inducted into in this society with so many distinguished colleagues.”

Flotte and his fellow 2013 inductees will be formally invested into the society at a ceremony in April in Baltimore.