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Lawrence AppelLawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

Director, Welch Center

Institutional Affiliations: Epidemiology, International Health/Human Nutrition, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research Interests: Prevention and control of elevated blood pressure and its clinical consequences-cardiovascular disease and kidney disease; Lifestyle modification and health behavior

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 YehHsin-Chieh "Jessica" Yeh, PhD

Associate Director

Research Interests: Obesity and Diabetes, Epidemiology of Obesity and Diabetes, 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

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 BeachMary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Health care quality for underserved populations; Patient-clinician communication; Sickle-cell disease; HIV and substance abuse; Bioethics; Respect
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. 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. BennettWendy L. Bennett, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Prevention and control of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; Lifestyle and health behavior changes in pregnancy to promote healthy weight gain, and prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes and future chronic disease.
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Women's Health

Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in 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.  

KCarsonKathryn A. Carson, ScM

Research Interests: Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Disparities Research, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension
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, ScM, 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 ClarkJeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH

Research 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

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, FACP, FTOS is the ‘Frederick L. Brancati, MD’ Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University and the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  She is a general internist with an ongoing primary care practice and the author of over 100 articles and two book chapters and 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, MPHLisa 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

Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, 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, 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.

DrCoreshJosef Coresh, MD, PhD

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

Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, 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. He played a key role in the defining and staging chronic kidney disease and developing equations which are used to estimate kidney function globally. His major research programs include the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium, CKD Biomarkers Conosritum. ARIC, and ACHIEVE.  

Deidra C. CrewsDeidra C. Crews MD, ScM

Research Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Nutrition, Older Adults
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

Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, 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.

Rosa_CrumRosa Crum, MD, MHS

Research Interests: psychiatric disorders, mental illness, alcohol and substance use disorders
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Psychiatric and substance use epidemiology, health services research and health disparities related to mental illness and addictions, social determinants of health​

Rosa M. Crum, MD, MHS, is a board-certified psychiatrist and epidemiologist. Her research focuses on the epidemiology, prevention and health services involving alcohol and substance use disorders, and the comorbidity of substance use with mental health and medical conditions.

 

Gail DaumitGail L. Daumit, MD, MHS

Resesarch Interests: Decreasing cardiovascular disease risk and premature mortality in persons with mental illness; Lifestyle and health behavior interventions, health services research, implementation science, patient safety.
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Gail Daumit, MD, MHS, is a 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, MPHDaniel 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, MD, MPH, 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 GoldenSherita H. Golden, MD, MHS

Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Disease and Endocrine Epidemiology; Inpatient Diabetes Health Service Research; Mental Health Complications of Diabetes; Diabetes Health Disparities
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication, Implementation Science

Sherita Golden, MD, MHS, is a board-certified endocrinologist cross-trained in diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Her 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 GottesmanRebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD

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

Rebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD, is a 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 GramsMorgan Grams, MD, MHS, PhD

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

Morgan Grams, MD, MHS, PhD, 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 GreerRaquel Greer, MD, MHS

Research Interests: Improving health care quality and promoting health equity among patients with chronic kidney disease and chronic kidney disease risk factors, including hypertension and diabetes; patient-physician communication; care coordination
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication, Primary care research

Raquel Greer, MD, MHS, 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 GuallarEliseo Guallar, MD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Disease Epidemiology; Environmental risk factors for chronic diseases; Nutritional epidemiology
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 GudzuneKim Gudzune, MD, MPH

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
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Services Rewsearch and Patient Provider Communication

Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH, 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-BriggsFelicia Hill-Briggs, PhD

Research Interests: Prevention and self-management of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease; Health equity; Population health improvement and management; Global health
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, chronic disease self-management, behavioral intervention trials, functional impairment and disability.

Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, 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 LazoMariana Lazo, MD

Research Interests: Hispanic/Latino race health disparities; Epidemiology of liver diseases, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity; Epidemiology of alcohol consumption
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

Mariana Lazo, MD, 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. She is also the 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. MaruthurNisa M. Maruthur, MD, MHS

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

Nisa Maruthur, MD, MHS, 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 MatsushitaKunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD

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

Kunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. His research aims to improve management and prevention of cardiovascular and kidney diseases by applying epidemiological approaches to clinical questions. 

Edgar MillerEdgar R Miller III, MD, PhD

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

Edgar R. Miller III, MD, PhD, is a clinical investigator conducting research in nutritional epidemiology, hypertension and kidney disease.

 

N_MNoel Mueller, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Women's Health, Microbiome

Noel Mueller, PhD, is a trained in nutrition and epidemiology and enjoys doing research on high risk populations here, in the US, and in low-and-middle income countries abroad. His research primarily focuses on identifying modifiable factors, such as diet and the microbiome, that can be leveraged for the prevention of cardiometabolic diseases throughout the life course.

Craig PollackCraig Pollack, MD, MHS

Research Interests: Cancer health services research with an emphasis on the role of provider and patient social networks and goal of improving the quality of care; Social determinants of health with a focus on housing policy and neighborhood environments
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, 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.

TPurnellTanjala S. Purnell, PhD MPH

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, 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

Tanjala Purnell PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and Training Director for the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities. Her research focuses on identifying patient-centered and community-engaged solutions to address disparities in access to and quality of care for patients with kidney disease and related risk factors, including diabetes and hypertension.

Casey_RebholzCasey Rebholz, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Biomarkers, Omics, Nutrition
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Metabolomics and Genetics

Casey Rebholz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on biomarkers in relation to cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. Another one of her main research interests is dietary intake as a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular and kidney disease. She has been an active investigator in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and the Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarkers Consortium for the past 3 years.

Elizabeth SelvinElizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH

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.
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains:  Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, 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.  

DrTinAdrienne Tin, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease, Kidney-related traits (uric acid and gout)
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Metabolomics and Genetics

Adrienne Tin, PhD, received her PhD in Epidemiology with a concentration in genetic epidemiology from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012. Her research interest is the genetic and environmental determinants of chronic kidney disease and related traits.

NaeYuh_WangNae-Yuh Wang, PhD, MS

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, Hearing Loss, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
Crosscutting Themes and Other Domains: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, Health Behaviors and Lifestyle, Research Design and Analytic Methods, Multicenter Studies

Nae-Yuh Wang, PhD, MS, is a Biostatistician whose research activities focus on identifying risk factors and evaluating interventions through longitudinal observation studies and clinical trials for outcomes in cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and obesity in various patient populations, as well as for developmental outcomes in pediatric cochlear implantation and postoperative delirium in the elderly patients undergoing surgery.

JH_YoungHunter Young, MD, MHS

Research Interests: Epidemiology and management of the components of the cardiometabolic syndrome including insulin resistance, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.
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Hunter Young, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include genetic epidemiology, hypertension, insulin resistance and general internal medicine.