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John Andrew Flynn, M.B.A., M.D., M.Ed.

Vice President, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians
Professor of Medicine


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Main Location

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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  • Vice President, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians
  • Associate Dean and Executive Director, Clinical Practice Association
  • Co-Director, The Johns Hopkins Primary Care Consortium
  • Medical Director, Spondyloarthritis Program
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Centers & Institutes



Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-9434

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-5633

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-5601


Internal Medicine, Rheumatology , Spondyloarthropathies

Research Interests

Care of patients with spondyloarthritis; ambulatory education; delivery of primary care in an academic setting; Arthritis


1986-1989 Medical Internship and Residency, JHH

1989-1992 Clinical Rheumatology Fellowship, JHH

1990-1991 Department of Medicine Assistant Chief of Service, JHH

1990-1991 Instructor, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Molecular & Clinical Rheumatology, JHU

1992-2000 Assistant Professor, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Molecular & Clinical Rheumatology, JHU

1995-present Faculty Associate, School of Nursing, JHU

1995-present Clinical Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, JHU

1997-present Joint Appointment, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHU School of Medicine

1999-present Course Director, The Philip A. Tumulty Topics in Clinical Medicine, JHU

2000-2008 Associate Professor, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Molecular & Clinical Rheumatology, JHU

2004-present Director, Spondyoarthritis Program, Department of Medicine, JHU

2004-2005 Interim Director, Hospitalist Program, Department of Medicine, JHU

2008-present Professor, Department of Medicine, JHU

2008-present Professor (Joint Appointment), Division of Rheumatology, JHU, School of Medicine

2010-present Director of Clinical Practice Improvement, Clinical Practice Association, JHU School of Medicine

2011-present Medical Director, Epic Implementation, JHU School of Medicine

2013-2014 Joint Appointment, Department of Health Policy and Management, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health

2013-present Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

2013-present Vice President, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians (OJHP), Johns Hopkins Medicine

2013-present Associate Dean, JHU School of Medicine

2013-present Executive Director, Clinical Practice Association, JHU School of Medicine

2013-present Joint Appointment, Research Professor, JHU School of Education more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine / MD (1986)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (1989)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Rheumatology (1990)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1989)
    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Rheumatology (1992, 2015)
  • Research & Publications +

    Clinical Trial Keywords: Psoriatic arthritis, Spondyloarthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Zeidler RB, Flynn JA, Arnold JC, Conley NS. Subpopulation of alveolar macrophages inhibits superoxide anion production by macrophages. Inflam. 1987;11(3):371-379.
    2. Esolen LM, Fasano MB, Flynn JA, Burton A, Lederman HM. Brief Report: pneumocystis carinii osteomyelitis in a patient with common variable immunodeficiency. NEJM. 1992;326(15):999-1001.
    3. Flynn JA, Hellmann DB. Methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis: when nsaids fail. Cleveland Clin J of Med. 1995;62(6):351-359.
    4. Flynn JA, Wigley FM. Musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases common to the elderly. Clinical Aspects of Aging, 4th Edition, 1995;308-325.
    5. Hellmann DB, Flynn JA. New ways to teach general internal medicine: the role of ambulatory subspecialty rotations. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 1996;108:259-267.
    6. Flynn JA, Hellmann DB. Giant cell arteritis and cerebral vasculitis. Current Therapy in Neurological Diseases, 5th Edition, 1997;214-220.
    7. Silverman IE, Flynn JA. Ivory Vertebra. NEJM. 1998;338(2):100.
    8. Hellmann DB, Flynn JA. The clinical presentation and natural history of Takayasus arteritis and other inflammatory arteritides. Vascular Intervention: A Clinical Approach, 1998;249-256.
    9. Flynn JA, Rompalo AM. Selected spirochetal infections: syphilis and lyme disease. Principles in Ambulatory Medicine, 5th Edition, 1999;372-385.
    10. Ling S, Flynn JA, Wigley FM. Musculoskeletal diseases in care of the elderly. Clinical Aspects of Aging, 5th Edition, 1999;367-390.
    11. Hellmann DB, Flynn JA. Development and evaluation of a coordinated, ambulatory rheumatology experience for internal medicine residents. Arthritis Care and Res. 1999;12(5):325-330.
    12. Danoff S, Grasso M, Terry P, Flynn JA. Pleuropulmonary disease due to Pergolide use for restless leg syndrome. Chest. 2001;120(1):313-316.
    13. Hoffman GS, Cid MC, Hellmann DB, Guillevin L, Stone JH, Schousboe J, Cohen P, Calabrese LH, Dickler H, Merkel PA, Fortin P, Flynn JA, Locker GA, Easley KA, Schned E, Hunder GG, Sneller MC, Tuggle C, Swanson H, Hernandez-Rodriguez J, Lopez-Soto A, Bork D, Hoffman DB, Kalunian K, Klashman D, Wilke WS, Scheetz RJ, Mandell BF, Fessler BJ, Kosmorsky G, Prayson R, Luqmani RA, Nuki G, McRorie E, Sherrer Y, Baca S, Walsh B, Ferland D, Soubrier M, Choi HK, Gross W, Segal AM, Ludivico C, Puechal X. A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of adjuvant methotrexate treatment for giant cell arteritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2002;46(5):1309-1318.
    14. Gress TW, Flynn JA, Rubin HR, Simonson L, Sisson S, Thompson T, Brancati FL. Effect of student involvement on patient perceptions of ambulatory care visits: a randomized controlled trial. JGIM. 2002;17:420-427.
    15. Flynn JA, Auwaerter PG. Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses. Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, Sixth Edition, 2003;498-507.
    16. Beste LA, Ansari-Lari A, Borowitz M, Flynn JA. Lymphadenopathy, cough, and fever in a 51-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus: case report of lymphomatoid granulomatosis. Arthr Care & Res, 2005;53(4):621-624.
    17. Desai MY, Santos RD, Dalal D, Carvalho JA, Martin DR, Flynn JA, Nasir K, Blumenthal RS. Relation of serum uric acid with metabolic risk factors in asymptomatic middle-aged Brazilian men. Am J of Card. 2005;95(7):865-868.
    18. Flynn JA, Latif O. Clinical images in medicine: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome. Johns Hopkins Advanced Studies in Medicine, 2006;6(1):494.
    19. Nguyen J, Marinopoulos SS, Ashar BH, Flynn JA. Clinical problem-solving: More than meets the eye. NEJM, 2006;355(10):1048-1052.
    20. Flynn JA, Arnett FC. Ankylosing spondylitis. Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, Seventh Edition, 2006, 1280-1290.
    21. Auwaerter PG, Flynn JA. Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses. Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, 2006, 560-570.
    22. Flynn JA. Rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions. Oxford American Handbook Of Clinical Medicine, 2007;362.379.
    23. Flynn JA (ed.), Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University Press, New York, 2007.
    24. Martin DR, Schlott DW, Flynn JA. Clinical problem-solving: No respecter of age. NEJM, 2007;357(18):58-61.
    25. van der Heijde D, Schiff M, Sieper J, Flynn JA, (ATLAS Study Group). Adalimumab treatment maintains efficacy and safety in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS): 2-Year results from ATLAS. Presentation at European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), Barcelona, Spain, June 2007.
    26. Cauli A, Gladman D, Mathieu A, Flynn JA, (GRAPPA Study Group). Patient and physician perception of disease in psoriatic arthritis (PsA): A multicentre GRAPPA and OMERACT study. Presentation at American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2007.
    27. Marinopoulos SS, Coylewright M, Auwaerter PG, Flynn JA. Clinical problem-solving. More than meets the ear. N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 1;362(13):1228-33. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcps0808968. No abstract available. PMID: 20357286
    28. Cauli A, Gladman DD, Mathieu A, Olivieri I, Porru G, Tak PP, Sardu C, Ujfalussy I, Scarpa R, Marchesoni A, Taylor WJ, Spadaro A, Fernàndez-Sueiro JL, Salvarani C, Kalden JR, Lubrano E, Carneiro S, Desiati F, Flynn JA, D'Angelo S, Vacca A, VAN Kuijk AW, Catanoso MG, Gruenke M, Peluso R, Parsons WJ, Ferrara N, Contu P, Helliwell PS, Mease PJ; GRAPPA 3PPsA Study Group. Patient global assessment in psoriatic arthritis: a multicenter GRAPPA and OMERACT study. J Rheumatol. 2011 May;38(5):898-903. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.100857. Epub 2011 Feb 15. PMID: 21324965
    29. Brown LE, Forfia P, Flynn JA. Aortic insufficiency in a patient with reactive arthritis: case report and review of the literature. HSS J. 2011 Jul;7(2):187-9. doi: 10.1007/s11420-010-9184-x. Epub 2011 Jan 14. PMID: 22754421
    30. Helliwell PS, FitzGerald O, Fransen J, Gladman DD, Kreuger GG, Callis-Duffin K, McHugh N, Mease PJ, Strand V, Waxman R, Azevedo VF, Beltran Ostos A, Carneiro S, Cauli A, Espinoza LR, Flynn JA, Hassan N, Healy P, Kerzberg EM, Lee YJ, Lubrano E, Marchesoni A, Marzo-Ortega H, Porru G, Moreta EG, Nash P, Raffayova H, Ranza R, Raychaudhuri SP, Roussou E, Scarpa R, Song YW, Soriano ER, Tak PP, Ujfalussy I, de Vlam K, Walsh JA. The development of candidate composite disease activity and responder indices for psoriatic arthritis (GRACE project). Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Jun;72(6):986-91. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-201341. Epub 2012 Jul 13. PMID: 22798567
    31. Wright SM, Wolfe L, Stewart R, Flynn JA, Paisner R, Rum S, Parson G, Carrese J. Ethical concerns related to grateful patient philanthropy: the physician's perspective. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 May;28(5):645-51. doi: 10.1007/s11606-012-2246-7. Epub 2012 Dec 6. PMID: 23225219
    32. Tan S, Yao J, Flynn JA, Yao L, Ward MM. Quantitative measurement of syndesmophyte volume and height in ankylosing spondylitis using CT. Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23345598
    33. Tan S, Yao J, Flynn JA, Yao L, Ward MM. Quantitative syndesmophyte measurement in ankylosing spondylitis using CT: longitudinal validity and sensitivity to change over 2 years. Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Dec 2. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203946. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24297375
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Clinician Scholar Educator Award, American College of Rheumatology, 2000
    • D. William Schlott, M.D. Professorship in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University , 2001
    • Outstanding Young Physician Award, University of Missouri Medical Alumni Organization, 2003
    • David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
    • National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education "Clinical Practice" Category, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2005
    • Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
    • Department of Medicine Chairman's Appreciation Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
    • Department of Medicine Housestaff Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2010


    • Ankylosing Spondylitis International Working Group (ASAS)
    • Association of Chiefs in General Internal Medicine
    • Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
    • Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA)
    • Society of General Internal Medicine
    • Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)
    • The American Board of Internal Medicine
    • The American Board of Rheumatology
    • The American College of Physicians
    • The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
    • The American College of Rheumatology
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