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Michael Christopher Gibbons, MD

Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4144
Baltimore , Maryland   20205



MD , University of Alabama, Birmingham , 1992
MPH , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 1998



Dr. Gibbons is an Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Health Informatics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Gibbons’ is a Physician Informatician, Healthcare Disparities and Urban Health expert  whose research focuses on the use of technology and Consumer Health informatics to improve healthcare disparities. Dr. Gibbons has been named a Health Disparities Scholar by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gibbon’s has recently authored/edited 4 books including “eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities”. Dr. Gibobns work is also leading the emergence of the field of Populomics. He is an advisor and expert consultant to several state and federal agencies and policymakers in the areas of urban health, eHealth, minority health and healthcare disparities. Dr. Gibbons obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama. He then completed residency training in Preventive Medicine, fellowship training in General Surgery and also in molecular oncology basic research. Finally he earned a Master of Public Health degree focusing in health promotion among urban and disadvantaged populations all from Johns Hopkins.

Honors and Awards

2010 Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Math/Minorities in Research Science Medical Leadership Award

National Advisory Board Member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Project HealthDesign: Rethinking the Power and Potential of Personal Health Records” Project

Past President, The International Society for Urban Health

HEALTH DISPARITIES SCHOLAR, National Center for Minority Health and Health Dispariies, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

2004 DISTINGUISHED BLACK MARYLANDER AWARD, Towson University for an African-American resident whose life and career have made a significant contribution to the state of Maryland.


Minorities, Cancer, Disparities, Interventions, Community Health Workers, Patient Navigator, Underserved, Populomics, eHealth, Informatics, Compunetics, Cardiovascular Disease, Consumer Health Informatics

  • Select Peer Reviewed Publications • Gibbons, MC. POPULOMICS. Stud. Health Technol. Inform. 137:265-268, 2008 • Jean G. Ford, Mollie W. Howerton, Gabriel Y. Lai, Tiffany L. Gary, Shari Bolen, MC Gibbons, Jon Tilburt,, Charles Baffi, Teerath Peter Tanpitukpongse, Renee F. Wilson, Neil R. Powe, Eric B. Bass, BARRIERS TO RECRUITING UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS TO CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW, Cancer 112:228-242, 2008 • Gibbons MC, Tyus N, SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF U.S.-BASED RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS USING COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2007;1(4):371-381 • Gibbons MC, Brock M, Alberg AJ, Glass T, LaVeist TA, Baylin S, Levine D, Fox CE, THE SOCIO-BIOLOGIC INTEGRATIVE MODEL (SBIM): ENHANCING THE INTEGRATION OF SOCIO-BEHAVIORAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIO-MOLECULAR KNOWLEDGE. J Urban Health. 2007 Mar;84(2):198-211 • Howerton MW, Gibbons MC, Baffi CR, Gary TL, Lai GY, Bolen S, Tilburt J, Tanpitukpongse TP, Wilson RF, Powe NR, Bass EB, Ford JG. PROVIDER ROLES IN THE RECRUITMENT OF UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS TO CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS. Cancer. 2007 Feb 1;109(3):465-76. • Tyus N, Fremman RJ, Gibbons MC, DEVELOPMENT OF A REPLICALBLE PROCESS FOR TRANSLATING SCIENCE INTO PRACTICAL HEALTH MESSAGES, Journal of the National Medical Association 2006;98(9);1505-1509 • Gibbons MC, HEALTH INEQUALITIES AND EMERGING THEMES IN COMPUNETICS Journal of Information Technology in Healthcare 2006;4(4):201-209 • Gibbons MC, “COMMON GROUND” EXPLORING POLICY APPROACHES TO ADDRESSING RACIAL DISPARITIES FROM THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT Journal of Healthcare Law and Policy 2006;9(1); • Lai G, Gary T, Tilburt J, Bolen S, Baffi C, Wilson R, Howerton M, Gibbons MC, Tanpitukpongse T, Powe N, Bass E, Ford J, EFFECTIVENESS OF STRATEGIES TO RECRUIT UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS INTO CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS Clinical Trials: The Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials Clin Trials. 2006;3(2):133-41 • Gibbons MC, A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF HEALTH DISPARITIES AND THE PROMISE OF EHEALTH SOLUTIONS J Med Internet Res 2005 (Oct 4); 7(5):e50 • Ford JG, Howerton MW, Bolen S, Gary TL, Lai GY, Tilburt J, Gibbons MC, Baffi C, Wilson RF, Feuerstein CJ, Tanpitukpongse P, Powe NR, Bass EB. KNOWLEDGE AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION ON RECRUITMENT OF UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS TO CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS. EVIDENCE REPORT/TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT NO. 122 (Prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0018.) AHRQ Publication No. 05-E019-2. Rockville, MD. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2005. • Fox CE, Gibbons MC.DISASTER RESPONSE:ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL J Urban Health. 2005 Dec;82(4):517-9. • Fox CE, Morford TG, Fine A, Gibbons MC.THE JOHNS HOPKINS URBAN HEALTH INSTITUTE: A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO URBAN HEALTH ISSUES. Acad Med. 2004 Dec;79(12):1169-74. • Guyer B, Gibbons MC,URBAN HEALTH: DISCIPLINE OR FIELD-DOES IT MATTER? J Urban Health 2004;81(2):165-167 • Haroun RI, Clatterbuck RE, Gibbons MC, Burger PC, Parker R, Fruehauf JP, Brem H. EXTREME DRUG RESISTANCE IN PRIMARY BRAIN TUMORS: IN VITRO ANALYSIS OF 64 RESECTION SPECIMENS. J Neurooncol. 2002 Jun;58(2):115-23. • Li Q, Jedlicka A, Ahuja N, Gibbons MC, Baylin SB, Burger PC, Issa JP. CONCORDANT METHYLATION OF THE ER AND N33 GENES IN GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME. Oncogene. 1998 Jun 18;16(24):3197-202.