The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has named Dr. Josef Coresh the inaugural recipient of the George W. Comstock Professorship in Epidemiology.
The professorship honors the legacy of Dr. George Comstock, a physician and professor emeritus at the Bloomberg School, according to a news release from the school.
Comstock was a distinguished epidemiologist who conducted seminal research on tuberculosis control and treatment, in addition to cancer, heart disease and lung disease. He served as a captain in the U. S. Public Health Service for 21 years and taught at Johns Hopkins University for more than 50 years.
Comstock was 92 years old when he died in 2007. He lived in Smithsburg.
Coresh was installed in the Comstock professorship on Wednesday.
He holds joint appointments as professor in both the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School. He also currently serves as the director of the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program and the director of the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention.