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John R Burton, M.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center
Professor of Medicine
Expertise: Arthritis, Aspiration Pneumonia, Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, Constipation, Dizziness, Eldercare, General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Consultation and Preventative Health, Geriatric Medicine, Hearing Loss, Medical Education and Program Administration, Metabolic Bone Disease, Mood Disorders, Multiple Morbidity and Functional Losses in Late Life, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Nutrition, Parkinson's Disease, Perioperative Care of Older Adults, Sleep Disorders, Swallowing Disorders, Vision Impairment ...read more
Research Interests: Models of care delivery; Geriatrics curriculum development and evaluation for medical students
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Dr. John R. Burton is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include geriatric medicine. Dr. Burton serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center.
Dr. Burton earned his M.D. from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He performed a fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Previously, Dr. Burton was director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins. Major clinical programs began or were developed under his leadership, including Johns Hopkins Home-Based Medicine, Hospital at Home, Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) and the Orthopedic-Geriatric Medicine Hip Fracture Service. The division honored his work by renaming the Johns Hopkins Care Center, built in 1991, as the John R. Burton Pavilion.
His research interests include models of care delivery and geriatrics curriculum development and evaluation for medical students.
- Director, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center
- Professor of Medicine
Centers & Institutes
- MD, McGill University Faculty of Medicine (1965)
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center / Medicine (1971)
- Massachusetts General Hospital / Nephrology (1972)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (1990, 2016)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1972, 1980)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Nephrology (1974)
Research & Publications
Katz PR, Burton JR, Drach GW, O'Leary JP, Strasser DC, Eisner J, Haranas E, Silverman R, Lundebjerg NE. "The Jahnigen scholars program: a model for faculty career development." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009;57:2324–2372.
Leff B, Burton L, Mader S, Naughton B, Burl J, Koehn D, Clark R, Greenough WB, Guido S, Steinwachs D, Burton JR. "Comparison of stress experienced by family members of patients treated in hospital at home with that of those receiving traditional acute hospital care." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jan;56(1):117-23. Epub 2007 Nov 2.
Christmas C, Makary MA, Burton JR. "Medical considerations in older surgical patients." J Am Coll Surg. 2006 Nov;203(5):746-51. Epub 2006 Sep 28.
Leff B, Burton L, Mader S, Naughton B, Burl J, Inouye SK, Greenough WB, Guido S, Langston CA, Frick KD, Steinwachs D, Burton JR. "Hospital at home: feasibility and outcomes of a program to provide hospital-level care at home for acutely ill older patients." Ann Intern Med. 2005 Dec 6;143(11):798-808.
Simpson CF, Durso SC, Fried LP, Boyd CM, Burton JR. "The Johns Hopkins Geriatric Summer Scholars Program: a model to increase diversity in geriatric medicine." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Sep;53(9):1607-12.
Christmas C, Makary MA,, Burton JR. Medical Considerations in Older Surgical Patients. J Am Coll Surg Nov 2006, 203;(5) 746-751.
Leff B, Burton L, Mader S, Naughton B, Burl J, Clark, R, Greenough WB, Guido S, Steinwachs D, Burton JR. Satisfaction with Hospital at Home Care. J Amer Geriatr Soc, 2006, Sep;54(9):1355-63
Simpson CF, Durso SC, Fried LP, Boyd CM, Burton JR. The Johns Hopkins Geriatric Summer Scholars Program: A Model to Increase Diversity in Geriatric Medicine. J Amer Geriatr Soc 53:1607-1612, 2005.
Potter J., Burton J, Drach G, Eisner J, Lundebjerg N, Solomon D. Geriatrics for Residents in the Surgical and Medical Specialties: Implementation of Curricula and Training Experiences. Education and Training Section, J Amer Geriatr Soc. 53:511-515, 2005.
Harper GM, Leff B, Thomas P, Burton J. The AAMC Hartford Geriatrics Curriculum Program: Reports from 40 Schools. Acad Med 2004,79:S70-71.
Drach G, Burton JR. Tributtes to Dr. David Solomon, MD; A Tribute from the Leaders of the Geriatrics for Specialties Project. J Amer Geriatr Soc., 51:S328-S329, 2003.
Strasser DC, Solomon DH, Burton JR. Geriatrics and Phys. Med. & Rehab: Common Principles Complementary Approaches, and 21st Century Demographics. Archives of PM&R, 2002,83 Sept 2002.
Strasser DC, Solomon DH, Burton JR. A Statement of Principles: Toward Improved Care of Elderly Patients in Surgical and Medical Specialties. Archives of Phys Med & Rehab , 83 Sept 2002.
Koval J, Strauss E, Solomon DH, Burton, JR. Principles focus on improving care of elderly. AAOS Bulletin, 49:2001.
Leff BA, Burton JR. The Future History of Home Care and Physician House Calls in the United States. Journal of Gerontology: 56A:M603-M608, 2001.
Burton JR. Old-Age Crisis. Hopkins Medical News, 53- Winter 2001.
Pories WJ, Solomon DH, Burton JR. Facing 21st Century Demographics: Management of the Surgical Patient. Current Surgery, 57:519-520, Nov./Dec.
Solomon DH, Burton JR, Lundebjerg NE, Eisner J. The New Frontier: Increasing Geriatrics Expertise in Surgical and Medical Specialties. J Amer Geriatr Soc., 48:702-704, 2000.
Leff BA, Burton JR. Integrating Home Care Into Managed Care: The Case for Home Hospital. Annals Long-Term Care, 8:34-36, April 2000.
Solomon DH, Burton JR. Special Article - A Statement of Principles: Toward Improved Care of Older Patients in Surgical and Medical Specialties. J Amer Geriatr Soc., 48:699-701, 2000.
Burton JR, Roth J. A new format for grand rounds. New Engl J Med. 340(19):1516, 1999. (Letter)
Leff B, Burton L, Guido S, Greenough WB, Steinwachs D, Burton JR. Home hospital program: a pilot study. J Amer Geriatr Soc, 47(6):697-702, 1999.
Leff B, Burton JR. Future Direction: Alternative approaches to traditional hospital care - home hospital. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 46:605-609,1998.
Burton J. The Mission of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins. Facts, Research and Intervention in Geriatrics, 1998.
Hale D, Bennett R, Oslos N, Cochran C, Burton J. Project REACH: A program to train community-based lay health educators. Gerontologist 37:683-687, 1997.
Burton JR. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology: A Description. Facts, Research and Intervention in Gerontology, 1997.