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Colleen Christmas, M.D.

Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine


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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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  • Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Medicine



Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-3350

301 Mason Lord Drive
Suite 341
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-3350
Fax: 410-550-0491


Geriatric Medicine, Medical Education, Primary Care of Older Adults

Research Interests

Geriatrics curriculum development and evaluation for medical students.


Dr. Christmas practices geriatric medicine primary care and consultative geriatric medicine. She serves as the Director of the Primary Care Leadership Track at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an associate program director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Her academic interests include medical education, nutrition and exercise in the elderly. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Connecticut Health Center / MD (1993)


    • Medical College of Virginia Hospitals / Internal Medicine (1996)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (1998)
    • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (1999)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (1998, 2008)
    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1996, 2006)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Christmas C, Park EM, Schmaltz H, Gozu A, Durso SC. A model intensive course in geriatric teaching for non-geriatrician educators. J Gen Intern Med. 2008;23(7):1048-52.

    Christmas C, Kravet SJ, Durso SC, Wright SM. Clinical excellence in academia: Perspectives from those with reputations as masterful academic clinicians. Mayo Clin Proc 2008;82(9):989-994.

    Boult C, Christmas C, Durso SC, Leff B, Boult LB, Fried LP. Improving chronic care for the older population. Acad Med 2008;83(7):627-631.

    Hayashi JL, Christmas C. Housecalls and the ACGME competencies. Teach Learn Med. 2009:21(2)1-7.

    Christmas C, Ziegelstein RC. The seventh competency. Teach Learn Med 2009 Apr-June;21(2):169-172.

    Durso SC, Christmas C, Kravet SJ, Parsons G, Wright SM. Implications of academic medicines failure to recognize clinical excellence. Clin Med Res. 2009;Nov 4.

    Ratanawongsa N, Rand CS, Magill CF, Hayashi J, Brandt L, Christmas C, Record JD, Howell EE, Federowicz MA, Hellmann DB, Ziegelstein RC. Teaching residents to know their patients as individuals. The Aliki Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Pharos of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Summer 2009; 72:4-11.

    Wright SW, Kravet S, Christmas C, Durso SC: Creating an Academy of Clinical Excellence at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: A 3-Year Experience. Acad Med 2010:85(12):1833-1839.

    Christmas C. Famous last words. Annals Int Med 2011;154:288.

    Christmas C, Durso SC, Kravet SJ, Wright SM. Advantages and challenges of working as a clinician in an academic department of medicine: academic clinicians’ perspectives. J Grad Med Educ 2010;2:478-84.

    Chow GV, Hayashi JL, Hirsch GA, Christmas C. Rallying the troops: A four-step guide to preparing a residency program for short-term weather emergencies. Teach Learn Med 2011;23:167-71.

    Hayashi JL, Christmas C, Durso SC. Educational outcomes from a novel house call curriculum for internal medicine residents: Report of a three-year experience. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011, 59:1340-49.

    Record J, Rand C, Christmas C, Hanyok L, Federowicz M, Bilderback A, Patel A, Khajuria S, Hellmann DB, Ziegelstein RC. Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions by teaching patient-centered care to internal medicine residents. Arch Int Med 2011;171:858-9.

    Cheng MJ, Christmas C. Special considerations with the use of IVIg in older persons. Drugs Aging, 2011,28(9):1-8.
    Porto-Carreiro F, Christmas C. In the clinic: Hip Fracture. Ann Intern Med 2011;155(11):ITC6-1-ITC6-15.
    Kravet S, Christmas C, Durso SC, Parsons G, Burkhart K, Wright SM. The intersection between clinical excellence and role modeling in medicine. J Grad Med Educ 2011;3(4):465-8.

    Cayea D, Eckstrom E, Christmas C. Update in geriatric medicine: 2010-2011. J Gen Int Med 2011 Mar;27(3):371-5.
    Christmas C, Mears SC, Sieber FE, Votsis J, Wood RC, Friedman SM. Case discussion: large volume blood loss and delirium in a patient with subtrochanteric fracture, dementia, and multiple comorbidities. Geriatr Orthop Surg Rehabil. 2011;2(5-6):172-80.

    Heflin MT, Bragg EJ, Fernandez H, Christmas C, Osterweil D, Sauvigne K, Warshaw G, Cohen HJ, Leipzig R, Rubin D, Durso SC. The Donald W. Reynolds Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education (FD~AGE): A model for dissemination of subspecialty educational expertise. Acad Med 2012 May;87(5);618-626.

    Ratanawongsa N, Federowicz M, Christmas C, Record J, Hanyok L, Ziegelstein RC, Rand C. Effects of a focused patient-centered care curriculum on the experiences of internal medicine residents and their patients. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Apr;27(4):473-7.

    Hanyok L, Brandt L, Christmas C, Hellmann D, Rand C, Ratanawongsa N, et al. The Johns Hopkins Aliki Initiative: A Patient-centered Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

    Peccoralo L, Tackett S, Ward L, Federman A, Helenius I, Christmas C, Thomas DC. Resident satisfaction with continuity clinic and career choice in general internal medicine. JGIM 2013;28(8):1020-7.

    Schoenborn NL, Christmas C. Getting out of silos—an innovative transitional of care curriculum. J Grad Med Educ 2013;5(4):681-5

    Schoenborn N, Cheng MJ, Christmas C. A memorial service to provide reflection on patients’ deaths during residency training. J Grad Med Educ 2013;5(4):686-8.

    Childers R, Dattalo M, Christmas C. Podcast Pearls: a Novel Educational Tool. Annals Intern Med 2014;160(1):70.
    Galiatsatos P, Hale WD, Christmas C. The lay health educator program: evaluating the impact of this community health initiative on the medical education of resident physicians. J Relig Health 2015;54(2):

    Nothelle S, Schott S, Kim D, Hayashi J, Zakaria S, Christmas C. A brief interprofessional "Guess My Role" game improves residents' knowledge about team roles. In press Journal of Graduate Medical Education

    Record J, Niranjan-Azadi A, Christmas C, Hanyok LA, Rand CS, Hellmann DB, Ziegelstein RC. Telephone calls to patients after discharge from the hospital: an important part of transitions of care. Med Educ Online 2015,20:26701-

    Christmas C. Chapter 31: Preoperative evaluation of the older surgical patient. In: Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine, Durso SC (ed), Oxford Press, New York, NY 2010, 737-745.

    Christmas C. Eating and feeding problems. In: Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 7th ed. Pacala JT, Sullivan GM (eds). American Geriatrics Society; New York, NY: 2010, 227-231.

    Sinha SK, Christmas C. Chapter 11: The demography of aging and disability. In: Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. Rosenthal RA, Zenilman ME, Katlik MR (eds). Springer Publisher, New York, NY 2011, 139-152.

    Christmas C. Selected topics in geriatric medicine. In: Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Board Review 2012-2013, 4th ed. Ashar BH, Miller RG, Sisson SD (eds). Mosby; Philadelphia, 2013.

    Hayashi JL, Christmas C, McGarry K, Albrecht C. Diversity in internal medicine residency programs. In The Toolkit Series: A Textbook for Internal Medicine Programs, 11th Edition. Ficalora RG (ed). Alexandria, VA: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, 2013

    Christmas C, Pacala J. Perioperative care. In: Durso SC, Sullivan GM, eds. Geriatrics Review Syllabus: a Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 8th ed. New York, NY: American Geriatrics Society; 2014

    Christmas C. Chapter 16: Geriatric medicine. In: Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 2nd Ed. Flynn JA, Choi MJ, Wooster LD (eds). Oxford University Press, New York 2013, 642-652.

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