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Core Faculty

Lawrence Appel
Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

Director, Welch Center
C. David Molina Professor of Medicine
Director, ProHealth Clinical Research Unit

Research Interests: prevention and control of elevated blood pressure and its clinical consequences-cardiovascular disease and kidney disease; lifestyle modification and behavior change

Kim Gudzune
Kim Gudzune, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Welch Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Healthful Eating, Activity & Weight Program

Research Interests: influence of obesity on the healthcare experience; lifestyle modification and health behavior among populations at risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity; translation of behavioral interventions into clinical practice and community settings

Shoshana Ballew, PhD
Shoshana H. Ballew, PhD

Associate Scientist, Department of Epidemiology

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Aging

Mary Catherine Beach
Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Course Director, Scholarly Concentrations
Research Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Program Director, Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Research Interests: health care quality for underserved populations; patient-clinician communication; sickle-cell disease; HIV and substance abuse; bioethics; respect

Wendy L. Bennett
Wendy L. Bennett, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Research, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Co-Director, The Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex & Gender Research

Research Interests: lifestyle and health behavior changes in pregnancy to promote healthy weight gain, and prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes and future chronic disease

Tammy Brady
Tammy Brady, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Pediatric Hypertension Program

Research Interests: pediatric hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease in children, obesity

Kathryn A. Carson, ScM

Sr. Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology
Associate Director, Methods & Shared Resources, Center for Health Equity

Research Interests: design and analysis of clinical trials; disparities research; cardiovascular disease and hypertension

Jeanne Clark
Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH

‘Frederick L. Brancati, MD’ Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Executive Director, Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care

Research Interests: obesity; diabetes mellitus; nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH
Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Equity in Health & Healthcare
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity

Research Interests:  patient-centered, community-engaged interventions to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes among socially disadvantaged populations; patient-physician communication and relationships; primary care of patients with chronic conditions

Josef Coresh, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
George W. Comstock Professor
Director, George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research & Prevention

Research Interests: vascular disease in the heart, brain and kidney using cohort studies to understand risk factors and biomarkers that can guide prevention of cardiovascular disease and kidney disease

Deidra C. Crews
Deidra C. Crews MD, ScM

Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: hypertension; kidney disease; health equity; social determinants of health; nutrition; older adults

Rosa Crum, MD, MHS

Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Program

Research Interests: psychiatric disorders; mental illness; alcohol and substance use disorders

Gail Daumit
Gail L. Daumit, MD, MHS

Samsung Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean, Clinical Investigation
Director, Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center for Health & Longevity in Mental Illness

Resesarch Interests: cardiovascular disease risk and premature mortality in persons with mental illness; lifestyle and health behavior interventions, health services research, implementation science, patient safety

Daniel Ford, MD, MPH
Daniel Ford, MD, MPH

David M. Levine Professor of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Research

Research Interests: pragmatic clinical trials; clinical research informatics; smoking cessation; improving efficiency and quality of clinical trials

Sherita Golden
Sherita H. Golden, MD, MHS

Professor of Medicine
Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine

Research Interests: diabetes mellitus; cardiovascular disease and endocrine epidemiology; inpatient diabetes health service research; mental health complications of diabetes; diabetes health disparities

Morgan Grams
Morgan Grams, MD, MHS, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: kidney disease; metabolomics and genetics; pharmacoepidemiology; risk estimation 

Eliseo Guallar
Eliseo Guallar, MD

Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Environmental Epidemiology Track
Co-Director, Center for Clinical Epidemiology, Samsung Medical Center

Research Interests: cardiovascular disease and chronic disease epidemiology; environmental risk factors for chronic diseases; nutritional epidemiology

Junichi Ishigami, MD
Junichi Ishigami, MD

Assistant Scientist, Department of Epidemiology

Research Interests: chronic kidney disease; cardiovascular disease; cardiorenal syndrome; infectious disease; vaccination

Michael J. Klag, MD

Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Second Century Distinguished Professor
Professor of Medicine

Nisa M. Maruthur
Nisa M. Maruthur, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program
Director of Community Partnership, The Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care

Research Interests: diabetes prevention; type 2 diabetes; obesity; clinical trials

Kunihiro Matsushita
Kunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Research Interests: peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and hypertension; obesity and diabetes

Edgar Miller
Edgar R Miller III, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Science
Director, Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL-2)

Research Interests: hypertension; kidney disease; nutrition

Noel Mueller, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research Interests: microbiome, nutrition, life-course and environmental epidemiology; prevention of obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cardiovascular disease

Scott Pilla, MD, MHS
Scott J. Pilla, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Craig Pollack
Craig Pollack, MD, MHS

Katey Ayers Endowed Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
Co-Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program

Research Interests: cancer health services research with an emphasis on the role of provider and patient social networks to improve the quality of care; social determinants of health with a focus on housing policy and neighborhood environments

Tanjala S. Purnell, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Community & Stakeholder Engagement for the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation

Research Interests: epidemiology and health services research related to kidney disease transplantation; health equity; cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes 

Casey Rebholz, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology​

Research Interests: cardiovascular disease and hypertension; kidney disease; biomarkers; omics; nutrition

Elizabeth Selvin
Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Cardiovascular & Clinical Epidemiology Track

Research Interests: diabetes and cardiovascular disease; diagnostics and biomarkers for screening and diagnosis of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; optimizing approaches to screening and management of prediabetes and diabetes; interface of epidemiology and clinical and public health policy

Jung-Im Shin
Jung-Im Shin, MD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research Interests: pharmacoepidemiology; diabetes mellitus; chronic kidney disease; cardiovascular disease

Eva Tseng, MD, MPH
Eva Tseng, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: diabetes and obesity prevention

Maya Venkataramani, MD, MPH
Maya Venkataramani, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Nae-Yuh Wang, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Childhood Development After Cochlear Implantation Study Data Coordinating Center
Director, Biostatistics Sub-Core & Clinical Trial Sub-Core, Health Care & Population Science Core
Director, Biostatistics, Bayview General Clinical Research Unit

Research Interests: statistical and epidemiologic methods; pediatric cochlear implantation; epidemiology; kidney transplants; biostatics; weight loss; type 2 diabetes; multicenter studies; randomized controlled trials; longitudinal data analysis

Hsin-Chieh Jessica Yeh
Hsin-Chieh "Jessica" Yeh, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: epidemiology of obesity and diabetes, and their relationship with cancer