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Aruna Chandran, MD

  • Senior Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W6501
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004
MD, Johns Hopkins University, 2000


Dr. Chandran is a social epidemiologist, interested in applying quantitative and geospatial methods to address the influences of socioeconomic and place-based factors on health outcomes and inequities. Dr. Chandran is interested in direct applications to public health practice, currently working to develop an online tool to assist local health officials in targeting interventions to areas with the largest potential gains in life expectancy. She is also a co-investigator with the Environmental Influences on Child Health (ECHO) project working on airway-associated outcomes, as well as with the MACS-WIHS Combined Cohort Study exploring HIV-related outcomes. In addition, she is part of a team evaluating the effectiveness of a demonstration project aimed to improve HIV prevention and treatment for vulnerable populations in Baltimore City. Dr. Chandran previously served for two years as the Chief of Epidemiologic Services at the Baltimore City Health Department.

Dr. Chandran has experience in coordinating and conducting surveillance studies, program evaluations, and clinical trials in numerous low and middle income countries. Her topical areas of study have included child injury and violence prevention, HIV and other infectious disease surveillance and monitoring, as well as vaccines and nutritional interventions for childhood upper and lower respiratory infections. As a pediatrician, Dr. Chandran's clinical practice has centered around childhood emergency and urgent care. She is involved in teaching applied epidemiologic methods courses at the School of Public Health as well as introductory epidemiology courses at the School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

Board Certified in General Pediatrics

2017 Student Assembly Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2004 Elected Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • HIV
  • cohort studies
  • program evaluation
  • child health
  • respiratory diseases
  • pediatrics
  • epidemiologic methods

Publications relevant to areas of interest

  • A Chandran, S Irwin, C Crifasi, LT Dean. “Community Effects of Police-Related Deaths: Associations with Low Birthweight Births and Poverty among US Counties”. Violence and Victims 2020; accepted for publication.
  • A Chandran, A Edmonds, L Benning, et al., “Longitudinal Associations between Neighborhood Factors and HIV Care Outcomes in the WIHS.” AIDS and Behavior 2020; 24(10): 2811-8.
  • Chandran A, Long A*, Price A, Murray J*, Fields EL, Schumacher CM, Greenbaum A, Jennings JM, and the IMPACT Partner Collaborative. “The Association between Social Support, Violence, and Social Service Needs among a Select Sample of Urban Adults in Baltimore City.” Journal of Community Health 2020; 45(5): 987-96.
  • Fitzwater SP, Ramachandran P, Kahn GD, Nedunchelian K, Suresh S, Santosham M, Chandran A. “Impact of the Introduction of the Haemophilus influenzae type b Conjugate Vaccine in an Urban Setting in Southern India.” Vaccine 2019; 37(12): 1608-13.
  • 44. A Chandran, C Fuller*, E Gilde*. “Walking distance to tobacco outlets in vulnerable areas of Baltimore City: An issue of health equity.” Archives of Community Medicine and Public Health 2017; 3(2): 88-91.