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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital names new director of media relations

Memphis, Tennessee, October 10, 2012

Gary M. Stephenson, former director of media relations and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., as director of media relations.

In this role, Stephenson will facilitate print, broadcast and online media coverage of St. Jude news and will help journalists tap the expertise of St. Jude scientific and medical experts.

“As an international resource, we want to share our research discoveries and medical expertise in order to benefit children everywhere,” said Kimberly Ovitt, chief communications officer for St. Jude. “Gary’s proven ability to lead strong media relations programs that bring attention to medical and scientific advances is a great asset.”

At Hopkins, Stephenson was the chief spokesperson for the institution and responsible for strategic media relations planning and implementation, including corporate communications, executive leadership communications and crisis communications.

Prior to joining Hopkins in 1996, Stephenson was senior associate director of media relations and public affairs for the University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship university of the Maryland University System.

An award-winning medical journalist, Stephenson has more than 25 years of experience in health care and medical research public relations and journalism. He is the author and editor of several medical publications, including A Journalist’s Resource for Business of Medicine Reporting, Standards of Medical Care,Quality Determinants of Mammography, and Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research.

Stephenson is also a former associate faculty member of the University of Notre Dame in Baltimore where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations, crisis communications, communications campaigns and advertising.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he majored in journalism. He later obtained a Master of Science degree in public relations from American University.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing overall U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is also a leader in research and treatment of life-threatening blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives. To learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter @StJudeResearch.

St. Jude Media Relations Contacts

Summer Freeman
(desk) (901) 595-3061
(cell) (901) 297-9861         
Carrie Strehlau
(desk) (901) 595-2295
(cell) (901) 297-9875

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