MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1989
MD, New York University School of Medicine, 1981
I am currently Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, a large interdisciplinary research unit that bridges the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Hopkins. The mission of the Welch Center is to conduct epidemiologic, clinical and translational research of the highest quality and to train the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers.
As for my own research, I have conducted clinical research with a particular focus on preventing blood pressure-related cardiovascular and kidney diseases. I have three active lines of research: (1) controlled feeding studies, (2) behavioral intervention trials, that test novel strategies to accomplish lifestyle changes, often related to obesity, and (3) cohort studies and trials related to chronic kidney disease and its consequences. A particularly notable feature of my research is the focus on conditions and diseases that disproportionately afflict minorities and on interventions that have the potential to substantially reduce racial disparities.
Over the course of my career, I have mentored numerous students, fellows and faculty (and continue to do so). This aspect of my career is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.
Honors and Awards
2016 Thomson Reuters Most Influential Scientists, based on number of most highly cited papers (top 1% of field)
2016 Marvin Moser Clinical Hypertension Award from the American Society of Hypertension
2015 Elected Member, Association of American Physicians (AAP)
2012 Elected Member, Institute of Medicine (IOM, now National Academy of Medicine (NAM))
2010 Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
2010 Conner Award Lecturer, American Heart Association
2008 David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award
2006 Epidemiologic Inquiry Accolade: Randomized Trial of the Month (OmniHeart)
2006 Distinguished Researcher, the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB)
2005 Top 4th Percentile in NIH Funding, 1977-2002