Jonathan Zenilman
Jonathan Zenilman

Jonathan Zenilman, MD

  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • School of Medicine (Primary)
  • Epidemiology (Joint)
  • International Health (Joint)
    • Division: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
  • Population, Family and Reproductive Health (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Center for Global Health
  • Urban Health Institute (UHI)

Contact Information

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

P:  410-550-9080
F:  410-550-1169


MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 1981


Our group has broad interests in STD research. My current projects include:

1. Developing biological markers for sexual behavior that can be used in survey research. This builds on our previously published experience which proposed sexually transmitted diseases as potential biomarkers

2. Performing studies of risk behaviors in highly vulnerable populations, such as adolescents, drug users, and trafficked women

3. Developing molecular diagnostic techniques for detection of resistant determinants for N gonorrhoeae in non-culture based systems

4. Using datasets from the Baltimore City Health Department to understand STD trends and behaviors

5. Developing a research program in noscomial infections at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. These interests have focused on infections in the burn center and in developing an antimicrobial control program.

6. Clinical research in the natural history and microbiology of chronic wounds in the outpatient setting

Honors and honors

U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Medal-1988

U.S. Public Health Service Unit Citation - 1990

American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) Scholar Award 1992-1995

INstitute of Medicine-The Hidden Epidemic. Committee to Study Sexually Transmitted Infections

Research Interests

  • Infectious Diseases AIDS Sexually Transmitted Diseases STDs Hospital Epidemiology HIV prevention


  • Warner L, Newman DR, Austin HA, Kamb ML, Malotte CK, Zenilman JM, Bolan G, Rogers J, Peterman TA. Condom effectiveness for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases-The importance of assessing partner infection status. Am J Epidemiol 2004;159:242-251

  • Giles JA, Falconio J,Yuenger JD, Zenilman JM, Dan M, Bash MC. QRDR Mutations and Porin Type of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Isolates from Israel: Fluoroquinolone Resistance Surveillance and Typing by Molecular Methodologies. J Infect Dis- 2004; 189:2085-93

  • Bernstein KT, Curriero FC, Jennings JM, Olthoff G, Erbelding EJ, Zenilman JM. Defining gonorrhea transmission using spatial data. Amer J Epidemiol 2004 ;160:51-8

  • Hutton HE, Lyketsos CG, Zenilman JM, Thompson RE, Erbelding EJ. Depression and HIV Risk Behaviors among patients at a sexually transmitted disease clinic.Am J Psychiatr 2004; 161:912-14

  • Gottlieb SL, Douglas JM, Foster M, Schmid S, Newman DR, Baron AE, Bolan G, Iatesta M, Malotte CK, Zenilman JM, Fishbein M, Peterman TA, Kamb ML, Incidence of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Infection In Five Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics And The Effect Of HIV/STD Risk-Reduction Counseling. J Infect Dis 2004;190:1059-1067