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Media Relations

‌The Media Relations Team assists members of the news media with all of the elements necessary to develop and cover stories at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center. 

The Media Relations Team publicizes newsworthy discoveries and achievements by our physicians and scientists, reports substantial grant awards and journal publications, and highlights stories of human interest.  

Working closely with local reporters and the national media, the media relations staff provides the public with important health related news and information about biomedical research.

Services include:

  • Responding to inquiries from print and broadcast journalists, and arranging interviews with faculty, staff and students
  • Planning and coordinating news conferences and other events of interest to the news media
  • Live and taped interviews of University of Maryland experts
  • Offering story ideas to reporters, editors, and producers
  • Writing and distributing news releases and feature stories for internal and external publications and for the Web
  • Training faculty and staff for more effective communication with reporters
  • Tracking media coverage of the School of Medicine in local, national and international news publications and broadcasts

Media Relations Team

University of Maryland School of Medicine and
University of Maryland Medical Center

Office Phone: (410) 328-8919
Fax: (410) 328-0703

David J. Kohn, MA
Director of Medical / Science Media Relations
(410) 706-7590

Karen Lancaster
Director, Media Relations &
Corporate Communications

Joanne Morrison
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(410) 706-2884

Bill Seiler
Assistant Director, Media Relations

Karen E. Warmkessel
Media Relations Manager


Dr. Margret McCarthy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, dicusses her research on Fox News.