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Assistant Professor
Bernard Jaar

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine

Center & Institute Affiliations

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Research Interests

Renal Disease; Peripheral Arterial Disease Dialysis; Hospital Readmissions; End-stage renal disease; Lead nephropathy; chronic kidney disease;
Experiences & Accomplishments
Dr. Jaar is interested in the conduct of epidemiologic studies in the field of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease and its related complications. His personal research interest is currently focused on outcome studies of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and morbidity and mortality of ESRD patients by dialysis modality. He is involved in several research projects at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and with collaborators at several outside institutions.
Honors & Awards
1987 Valedictorian, School of Medicine and Pharmacy, State University of Haiti
1992 Valedictorian, Necker School of Medicine, University of Paris V
1992 The Boehringer Mannheim Prize – Paris, France (National Prize awarded for original research on Human Recombinant Erythropoietin by the Boehringer Mannheim Pharma, France.)
1999 The Victoria Prize – Paris, France (International Prize awarded by the “College de Medecine” to foreign physicians trained in France for their scientific achievements.)
2001-2003 Recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award to train in Renal Disease Epidemiology. Sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Program Director, Michael J.Klag, M.D., M.P.H.
2003-2004 Recipient of the “Richard Ross Clinician Scientist Award” sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine, to study the epidemiology of peripheral vascular disease in dialysis patients
2004 Junior Faculty Clinical Research Award. Department of Medicine – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for the project entitle: “Dialysis Modality and Mortality in a National Cohort: The CHOICE Study”
2005 Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology
2003-2006 AMA Physician's Recognition Award certificate (AMA PRA), valid through 08/01/2006
(The AMA PRA certificate recognizes physicians who complete at least fifty hours of continuing medical education annually)
2006-2009 AMA Physician's Recognition Award certificate with commendation (AMA PRA), valid through 08/01/2009
2008 Associate Faculty Member, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
2009 The John Rogers Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching - Good Samaritan Hospital of Baltimore
2011 Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation
2011-2017 Member, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Board of Directors
2011-2018 Editors’ Top Reviewer - Annals of Internal Medicine
2012 President’s Award – National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
May 2013 Over the Top Doc Award – MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Baltimore, Maryland
2013 Volunteer of Year Award – National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
2014 Section Editor of the Year 2014 – BioMed Central, London (Selected among more than 250 journals)
2015 Fellow of the American College of Physicians
2017 Governor’s Citation – Governor Larry Hogan
2017 Certificate of Appreciation - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland
2018 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Outstanding Achievement for Teaching – Part-time Faculty
Select Publications
Publications with the highest citations as of 2-28-2019
  • Association between cholesterol level and mortality in dialysis patients: Role of inflammation and malnutrition Y Liu, J Coresh, JA Eustace, JC Longenecker, B Jaar, NE Fink, RP Tracy, ... JAMA 291 (4), 451-459
  • Risk factors for chronic kidney disease: A prospective study of 23,534 men and women in Washington County, Maryland MK Haroun, BG Jaar, SC Hoffman, GW Comstock, MJ Klag, J Coresh Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 14 (11), 2934-2941
  • Septicemia in dialysis patients: Incidence, risk factors, and prognosis NR Powe, B Jaar, SL Furth, J Hermann, W Briggs Kidney International 55 (3), 1081-1090
  • Screening for proteinuria in US adults: A cost-effectiveness analysis LE Boulware, BG Jaar, ME Tarver-Carr, FL Brancati, NR Powe JAMA 290 (23), 3101-3114
  • Comparing the risk for death with peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis in a national cohort of patients with chronic kidney disease BG Jaar, J Coresh, LC Plantinga, NE Fink, MJ Klag, AS Levey, NW Levin, ... Annals of Internal Medicine 143 (3), 174-183
Environmental And Genetic Risk Factors For Renal Function Decline