Dr. Lisa A. Kolp, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine obstetrician and gynecologist who specialised in reproductive endocrinology and was nationally recognized for her surgical work in genital reconstruction for youngsters, died of lymphoma Sunday at her Hunt Valley house.
She was 61.
“Lisa’s death is a tough loss for us and certainly for her family. There hasn’t been a dry eye in our division since she died. The staff so loved her,” stated Dr. Andrew J. Satin, chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
“She was just a modest person who liked doing her job,” he stated. “She was indispensable to her patients and cared little for notoriety. That was not Lisa.”
“She was also an outstanding teacher for the students, residents and fellows,” stated Dr. Jairo E. Garcia, director of the Fertility Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a former director of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Fertility Center for 13 years.
“For her patients, she had an understanding for their situations, to which she brought love and compassion,” stated Dr. Garcia. “She was such an exquisite human being and so filled with power. Her demise is such an incredible loss.
“Helping individuals was her world,” he stated.
The daughter of Arthur Kolp, a profession Army officer, and Delpha Kolp, Lisa Ann Kolp was born in Albuquerque, N.M. Because of assignments concerned in her father’s army service, she was raised in Paris, Madrid and in Spokane, Wash., the place she graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.
While attending Stanford University as a biology main, Dr. Kolp was contemplating careers in both veterinary drugs or individuals drugs — and settled on the latter.
“As her older brother John will tell you, she grew up a lover of all things living, especially dogs, and he always expected her to be a doctor,” wrote her husband of 38 years, Dr. Roger A. Johns, a professor of anesthesiology and crucial care drugs on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a profile of his spouse.
It was the noisy bouncing of a basketball that introduced the 2 Stanford undergraduates collectively.
“We met when she came up to my dorm room to complain about my bouncing a basketball on the floor when she was trying to sleep,” he wrote. “Turned out Lisa was a Stanford women’s basketball participant. She was a 5-11 athlete, and in highschool she excelled at basketball, volleyball and monitor and subject. Her volleyball group was invited to the Pan Am Games.”
After Dr. Johns graduated in 1977 from Stanford, he returned house to Detroit to review drugs at Wayne State Medical School. The couple turned engaged and later married.
After Dr. Kolp graduated from Stanford in 1978, she determined towards attending medical faculty at Stanford and as an alternative joined her husband at Wayne State. They each labored as interns and residents on the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She accomplished a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
After finishing fellowships in reproductive endocrinology at Virginia in 1989, she and her husband joined the medical faculty school. They remained there till coming to Hopkins in 1999, the place Dr. Kolp joined the school of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
She was “famous among her patients as a highly dedicated, personal and loving physician who went the extra mile,” her husband wrote. He stated her present was serving to couples “deal with infertility and build families.”
She was additionally nationally acknowledged for her reconstructive work for youngsters with genital abnormalities.
In addition to her work with infertility and in vitro fertilization, Dr. Kolp had a deep educational curiosity in creating a frozen embryo banking program for younger women with most cancers.
Dr. Garcia famous that her work within the preservation of eggs “meant that a patient who had been treated for cancer could, within three to five years, become a parent.”
“How many she helped with in vitro fertilization to conception would surely have to be in the hundreds,” stated Dr. Satin, who famous that Dr. Kolp’s sufferers drastically appreciated her “calm, soothing and nonthreatening personality.”
Gifted with a dry infectious wit and a sort demeanor, she made positive that her workplace door was all the time open for sufferers and college students.
Dr. Kolp put in lengthy hours — it wasn’t unusual for her to see sufferers at 6 a.m. so they might get to work on time.
Those visiting her workplace have been in for a shock, stated Dr. Garcia: “There were no diplomas on the wall. She keep them in a box. That’s how modest she was.”
She prevented the digital medical data system, her husband stated, and most popular ready till the top of the day earlier than getting into info into the system as a result of she didn’t need to intrude together with her face-to-face time with sufferers.
In 1995 she wrote her brother-in-law, Dr. Michael M.E. Johns, then the dean of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, in response to an editorial he had written on how troublesome it was for women to achieve educational drugs.
“When I came to accept that my children would have to be an equal priority with my career, I spent some time vacillating between despair at ever having a meaningful career in academic medicine and blind optimism that things would somehow work out,” she wrote.
“When promotions committees and the like begin to evaluate women based on the quality of their work and not the speed with which their careers advance, women will begin to be represented in appropriate proportions to the higher ranks of academic faculties,” Dr. Kolp wrote.
Dr. Kolp was an enthusiastic flower and vegetable gardener and, as an animal lover, she engaged in animal rescue work.
“Lisa was the kind of person who would pick up and remove worms from the sidewalk,” her husband stated.
A celebration of life service might be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Brian Johns, a graduate scholar on the University of Maryland, and Matthews Johns, a graduate scholar at Columbia University; a daughter, Jessica Johns, who can be getting into medical faculty within the fall; her father, Arthur Kolp, and stepmother, Marianne Kolp of Reno, Nev.; a brother, John Kolp of Spokane; and three sisters, Terry Kolp of Spokane, Debbie Kolp of Seattle and Cindy Kolp of Portland, Ore.