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Lawrence Appel

Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

Position: Director, Welch Center
Institutional Affiliations: Epidemiology, International Health/Human Nutrition, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease & Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Community-Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle
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My personal objectives strongly reflect those of the Welch Center. Mentoring students, fellows, and faculty is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of my career. A notable feature of my research is my focus on conditions and diseases that disproportionately afflict minorities.

Hsin-Chieh Jessica Yeh

Hsin-Chieh "Jessica" Yeh

Resesarch Interests: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains:  Community Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

Funded by NIH and PCORI, my current research projects include observational studies using large data and clinical trials of pharmacological and lifestyle intervention on obesity, diabetes, and cancer outcomes. I mentor graduate students, fellows, and medical residents on research design and methods, and direct  the “Epidemiology of Diabetes and Obesity” course in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mary Catherine Beach

Mary Catherine Beach

Research Interests: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, Sickle-Cell Anemia
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Ethics, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Core Faculty Member of the Berman Bioethics Institute  at Johns Hopkins University. She conducts research on the theoretical foundations of respect and the impact of physician attitudes and patient-physician communication on patients in the primary care setting, in the treatment of HIV and substance abuse, and in the treatment of sickle cell disease.

Wendy L. Bennett

Wendy L. Bennett

Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Women's Health

Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Departments of Epidemiology and Population, Family & Reproductive Health.  Her research focuses on the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease in women with pregnancy complications such as obesity, gestational diabetes mellitus or hypertensive disorders.  

Kathryn A. Carson

Kathryn A. Carson

Research Interests: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Community Based Participatory Research, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Kathryn A. Carson, Sc.M. is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; a Core Faculty member at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research; and has a joint appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Jeanne Clark

Jeanne M. Clark

Resesarch Interests: Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains:  Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Dr. Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, FACP, FTOS is the ‘Frederick L. Brancati, MD’ Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  She is a general internist with an ongoing primary care practice. The author of over 100 articles and two book chapters, Dr. Clark has devoted her career to studying the epidemiology and treatment of obesity and its consequences, especially type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Community Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Dr. Lisa Cooper is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also Vice President, Healthcare Equity, for Johns Hopkins Medicine. A board-certified general internist, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Cooper is an internationally recognized expert on the effectiveness of relationship-centered interventions (e.g., those strengthening patient-physician communication,  health professional teamwork,  and health system-community relationships) for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.

Josef Coresh

Josef Coresh

Research Interests: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Cognitive decline in dementia
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Community Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication, Metabolomics and Genetics

Dr. Josef Coresh is the George W. Comstock Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He directs the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program and the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and he is a core member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Public Health.   

Deidra C. Crews

Deidra C. Crews

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Kidney Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Community Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Dr. Crews is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, and is Associate Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine. Her core area of research addresses health disparities and social determinants of chronic kidney disease.

Gail Daumit

Gail L. Daumit

Resesarch Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, Health Behaviors and Lifestyles, Health Services Research adn Patient Provider Communication, Health Disparities and Social Determinants

General internist and epidemiologist/health services researcher dedicated to improving physical health and decreasing premature mortality in persons with serious mental illness

Daniel Ford, MD, MPH

Daniel Ford, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Ethics, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Daniel Ford is interested in how to improve outcomes for patients with mental disorders such as depression and smoking as well as medical comorbidities. He is active in implementation of pragmatic trials in health systems.

Sherita Golden

Sherita H. Golden

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication, Implementation Science

Dr. Golden is a board-certified endocrinologist cross-trained in diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Dr. Golden’s primary research interests center around (1) identifying endocrine risk factors associated with the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; (2) examining mental health complications of diabetes and the biological, hormonal, and behavioral factors that explain these associations, (3) understanding and eliminating diabetes health disparities, and (4) implementing and evaluating systems interventions to improve patient safety and quality of care in hospitalized patients with diabetes.

Rebecca Gottesman

Rebecca Gottesman

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, stroke
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains:  stroke

Dr. Rebecca Gottesman is an Associate Professor of Neurology, with a joint appointment in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg  School of Public Health.  Her primary clinical interest is stroke, and her primary research interest is the vascular contribution to cognitive impairment and dementia. She primarily works in epidemiologic cohorts including the ARIC study, and uses neuroimaging methods to study vascular changes in the brain and their contribution to cognitive change.

Morgan Grams

Morgan Grams

Research Interests: Kidney Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication, Metabolomics and Genetics

Morgan Grams is a practicing nephrologist and epidemiologist. She studies a wide range of topics in kidney disease, including the risk factors, prognosis, and optimal management of acute and chronic kidney disease.

Raquel Greer

Raquel Greer

Research Interests: Kidney Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication, Primary care research

Dr. Greer is a general internist and health services researcher whose research program focuses on identifying and addressing ethnic/racial disparities in care and clinical outcomes of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD risk factors.

Eliseo Guallar

Eliseo Guallar

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, Kidney Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Environmental Health, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Women's Health

Eliseo Guallar, MD, DrPH, is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and a Core Faculty Member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins University. He works in the evaluation of traditional and novel risk factors, including environmental and dietary factors, for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease. 

Kim Gudzune

Kim Gudzune

Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Kimberly Gudzune is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Her focuses on obesity, specifically how patient obesity influences the healthcare experience, the efficacy of commercial weight-loss programs, and how features of the built and social environment influence diet and exercise habits among low-income urban populations. Her research has won several awards, in addition to being featured by news outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio. She has been recognized for her outstanding mentoring of trainees with the 2015 Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award at Johns Hopkins.
 

Felicia Hill-Briggs

Felicia Hill-Briggs

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, neuropsychology
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, chronic disease self-management, behavioral intervention trials, functional impairment and disability.

Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs is a Professor of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  Health Behavior and Society (JHSPH), and Acute and Chronic Care (JHSON).  She is Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development, Johns Hopkins HealthCare.  She studies chronic disease self-management, behavioral intervention trials, health disparities, neuropsychology, functional impairment and disability, population health, and health system innovation and program evaluation.    

Mariana Lazo

Mariana Lazo

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, Liver Diseases, Moderate alcohol consumption
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

My work focuses on the epidemiology of liver diseases (primarily nonalcoholic fatty liver disease), diabetes and obesity in adults. More recent work includes  epidemiological studies of the effects of moderate alcohol consumption on liver and cardiovascular outcomes.  I am co-director of the  SPH course   "Epidemiology of Diabetes and Obesity", and at the Welch Center, of the Diabetes and Obesity Interest Group.

Nisa M. Maruthur

Nisa M. Maruthur

Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Community Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Metabolomics and Genetics

Dr. Maruthur is a clinician-investigator focused on individualizing the care and prevention of type 2 diabetes. She is a board-certified general internist with a primary care practice. She spends the majority of her time in research and implementation focused on diabetes and its prevention including using the methodologies of meta-analysis, clinical trials, and genetic epidemiology.

Kunihiro Matsushita

Kunihiro Matsushita

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, Kidney Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Risk prediction, healthcare system research

Based on his background of clinical cardiology and epidemiology, Dr. Matsushita's research aims to improve management and prevention of cardiovascular and kidney diseases by applying epidemiological approaches to clinical questions. 

Edgar Miller

Edgar R Miller III

Resesarch Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Kidney Disease
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains:  Community Based Participatory Research, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

I am a clinical investigator conducting research in nutritional epidemiology, hypertension and kidney disease

Craig Pollack

Craig Pollack

Research Interests: Cancer
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Craig Pollack is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in oncology as well as health policy and management, and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His areas of clinical expertise is in primary care internal medicine. He serves as a co-director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program.

Elizabeth Selvin

Elizabeth Selvin

Resesarch Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains:  Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Selvin is a Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine. She has a large research portfolio focused on key issues in the clinical epidemiology of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, especially related to the use of biomarkers and diagnostic tests. Her work has directly influenced guidelines in laboratory and clinical medicine and has been central to informing diagnostic criteria for diabetes and pre-diabetes in the US.