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Core Faculty

Lawrence Appel Johns Hopkins

Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

Director, Welch Center
C. David Molina Professor of Medicine
Director, ProHealth Clinical Research Unit

Research Interests: prevention and control of elevated blood pressure and its clinical consequences-cardiovascular disease and kidney disease; lifestyle modification and behavior change

Mary Catherine Beach

Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics
Core Faculty, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
Director, Office of Medical Student Research & Scholarship

Research Interests: health care quality for underserved populations; patient-clinician communication; sickle-cell disease; HIV and substance abuse; bioethics; respect

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Wendy L. Bennett, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Research, General Internal Medicine & Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Co-Director, The Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex & Gender Research

Research Interests: lifestyle and health behavior changes in pregnancy to promote healthy weight gain, and prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes and future chronic disease



Tammy Brady

Tammy M. Brady, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Welch Center
Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Research Interests: pediatric hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease in children, obesity, blood pressure measuremen

Jeanne Clark

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH

‘Frederick L. Brancati, MD’ Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Executive Director, Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care

Research Interests: obesity; diabetes mellitus; nonalcoholic fatty liver disease



Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Equity in Health & Healthcare
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

Research Interests:  patient-centered, community-engaged interventions to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes among socially disadvantaged populations; patient-physician communication and relationships; primary care of patients with chronic conditions



Morgan Grams

Deidra C. Crews MD, ScM

Professor of Medicine
Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
President, American Society of Nephrology

Research Interests: hypertension; kidney disease; health equity; social determinants of health; nutrition; older adults




Rosa Crum, MD, MHS

Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Program

Research Interest:s psychiatric disorders; mental illness; alcohol and substance use disorders



Gail Daumit

Gail L. Daumit, MD, MHS

Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean, Clinical Investigation
Director, Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center for Health & Longevity in Mental Illness

Research Interests: cardiovascular disease risk and premature mortality in persons with mental illness; lifestyle and health behavior interventions, health services research, implementation science, patient safety



Justin B Echouffo Tcheugui

Justin B. Echouffo Tcheugui, MD, MPhil, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Director for Student and Resident Education, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Research Interests: diabetes, endocrinology



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Michael Fang, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology

Research Interests: diabetes; national surveillance data; diagnosis; screening; wearable technology

Daniel Ford, MD, MPH

Daniel E. Ford, MD, MPH

David M. Levine Professor of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Research

Research Interests: pragmatic clinical trials; clinical research informatics; smoking cessation; improving efficiency and quality of clinical trials


Sherita H. Golden, MD, MHS

Professor of Medicine
Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism

Research Interests: diabetes mellitus; cardiovascular disease and endocrine epidemiology; inpatient diabetes health service research; mental health complications of diabetes; diabetes health disparities



Eliseo Guallar

Eliseo Guallar, MD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Environmental Epidemiology Track
Co-Director, PhD Program in Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Clinical Research Design and Evaluation, Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences and Technology (SAIHST), Sungkyunkwan University

Research Interests: cardiovascular disease and chronic disease epidemiology; environmental risk factors for chronic diseases; nutritional epidemiology



Kim Gudzune

Kim A. Gudzune, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Healthful Eating, Activity & Weight Program

Research Interests: influence of obesity on the healthcare experience; lifestyle modification and health behavior among populations at risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity; translation of behavioral interventions into clinical practice and community settings



caitlin hicks

Caitlin Hicks, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Fellowship Program Director, Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy

Research Interests: clinical outcomes; aortic aneurysm; peripheral vascular disease; congenital aortic pathology; aberrant subclavian artery; aortic cortication; diabetic foot ulcer; high-value care; implementation science

Junichi Ishigami, MD

Junichi Ishigami, MD, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Joint Appointment in Medicine

Research Interests: chronic kidney disease; cardiovascular disease; cardiorenal syndrome; infectious disease; vaccination



Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH

Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Second Century Distinguished Professor
Professor of Medicine - Emeritus

Research Interests: hypertension; renal failure; precursors study; kidney disease; cardiovascular; epidemiology; genetic markers; health policy and management

Nisa M. Maruthur

Nisa M. Maruthur, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program
Director of Community Program Implementation, The Johns Hopkins Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care

Research Interests: diabetes prevention; type 2 diabetes; obesity; clinical trials



Kunihiro Matsushita

Kunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Research Interests: epidemiology; cardiovascular disease; peripheral artery disease; kidney disease; hypertension; diabetes; obesity; adipokines; risk prediction



Edgar Miller

Edgar R. Miller III, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Science
Director, Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL-2)

Research Interests: hypertension; kidney disease; nutrition; non-pharmacologic therapies; antioxidants



Michelle Ogunwole

Michelle Ogunwole, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: racial disparities in maternal health outcomes, postpartum and interpregnancy care, obesity, antiracism in health care

Scott Pilla, MD, MHS

Scott J. Pilla, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: diabetes; hypoglycemia prevention; patient-physician communication; clinical trials




Craig Pollack

Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, MSc

Katey Ayers Endowed Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
Associate Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

Research Interests: social determinants of health with a focus on housing policy and neighborhood context; cancer health services research



Tanjala S. Purnell, PhD, MPH, FASN

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Surgery, Health Policy and Management, and Health Behavior and Society
Joint Appointment in Surgery
Founder & Director, The B.O.L.D. (Building Opportunities for Lasting Discoveries) Health Equity Initiative

Research Interests: epidemiology and health services research related to kidney disease transplantation; health equity; cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes 


Casey Rebholz, PhD, MS, MNSP, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology​

Research Interests: cardiovascular disease and hypertension; kidney disease; biomarkers; omics; nutrition; nutritional epidemiology



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Mary R. Rooney, PhD, MPH

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Epidemiology

Research interests: epidemiology; diabetes; biomarkers; cardiovascular disease; aging

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Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Cardiovascular & Clinical Epidemiology Track
Joint Appointment in Medicine

Research Interests: type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease; diagnostics and biomarkers for screening and diagnosis of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; optimizing approaches to screening and management of prediabetes and diabetes; interface of epidemiology and clinical and public health policy; wearable devices; continuous glucose monitoring



Jung-Im Shin

Jung-Im Shin, MD, MPH, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research Interests: pharmacoepidemiology; diabetes mellitus; chronic kidney disease; health disparities; cardiovascular disease



Eva Tseng, MD, MPH

Eva Tseng, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Vice Chair for Women’s Careers in Academic Medicine, Department of Medicine

Research Interests: prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity, and related conditions; translation of evidence-based care into clinical practice through pragmatic intervention studies



Maya Venkataramani, MD, MPH

Maya S. Venkataramani, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Community Program Implementation, Johns Hopkins Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care

Research Interests: improving the delivery of primary care and preventive services to underserved and low-income communities through family-oriented, community-based approaches and studying the impacts of health-related policies across generations






Nae-Yuh Wang, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Childhood Development After Cochlear Implantation Study Data Coordinating Center
Co-Director, Methods Core, The ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness

Research Interests: childhood development after pediatric cochlear implementation; improving health and wellbeing in people with mental illness; preventing postoperative delirium in surgical patients; evaluation of vestibular implantation in Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction; lifestyle and health behavior interventions for proper body weight in pregnancy and among cancer survivor; clinical trials, longitudinal follow-up studies, EMR based health research



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Hsin-Chieh "Jessica" Yeh, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Director, GIM-Welch Center Methods Core

Research Interests: clinical trials of lifestyle intervention; epidemiology of obesity and diabetes, and their relationship with cancer