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Alicia Ines Arbaje, M.D., M.P.H.

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Director of Transitional Care Research

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Female

Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Research Interests: Designing healthcare systems to enhance safety and improve outcomes for older adults.

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Background

Dr. Alicia Arbaje is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include general internal medicine and geriatric medicine, with a particular interest in helping older adults stay at home as they age and working with a team to coordinate care for her older patients. 

Dr. Arbaje serves as the director of Transitional Care Research at Johns Hopkins.

After receiving her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Arbaje completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She performed fellowships in medicine and geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Johns Hopkins. 

Her research interests include designing health care systems to enhance safety and improve outcomes for older adults.

Dr. Arbaje is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Gerontological Society of America. At Johns Hopkins, she was a founding member of the Hopkins Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA) and is a member of the Diversity Council. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Top 10 Doctors Under 40 by the Baltimore Sun Magazine and MEDSURG’s Nursing Nurse Competence in Aging Writer’s Award.

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Titles

  • Director of Transitional Care Research
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine (2000)

Residencies

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital / Internal Medicine (2003)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Medicine (2005)
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (2007)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (2008, 2018)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2003)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Arbaje's research interests include designing health care systems to enhance safety and improve outcomes for older adults.

Selected Publications

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Kohli P, Arbaje AI, Leff B, Statom D, McNabney M. "Assisted living facility use by the program of all-inclusive care for the elderly." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Mar;63(3):594-6. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13289.

Arbaje AI, Newcomer AR, Maynor KA, Duhaney RL, Eubank KJ, Carrese JA. "Excellence in transitional care of older adults and pay-for-performance: perspectives of health care professionals." Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014 Dec;40(12):550-1.

Arbaje AI, Kansagara DL, Salanitro AH, Englander HL, Kripalani S, Jencks SF, Lindquist LA. "Regardless of age: incorporating principles from geriatric medicine to improve care transitions for patients with complex needs." J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jun; 29(6): 932–939. Published online 2014 Feb 21. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2729-1.

Graham LE, Leff B, Arbaje AI. "Risk of hospital readmission for older adults discharged on Friday." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb;61(2):300-1. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12107.

Schoenborn NL, Arbaje AI, Eubank KJ, Maynor K, Carrese JA. "Clinician roles and responsibilities during care transitions of older adults." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb;61(2):231-6. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12084. Epub 2013 Jan 15.

Hayashi J, Phillips K, Arbaje AI, Sridharan A, Gajadhar R, Sisson S. A Curriculum to Teach Internal Medicine Residents to Perform House Calls for Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2007; 55(8):1287-1294.

Arbaje AI, Wolff J, Yu Q, Powe NR, Anderson GF, Boult CE. Post-Discharge Environmental and Socioeconomic Factors and the Likelihood of Early Hospital Readmission among Community-Dwelling Medicare Beneficiaries. The Gerontologist. 2008; 48(4):495-504.

Arbaje AI, Maron DD, Yu Q, Wendel VI, Tanner E, Boult C, Eubank KJ, Durso SC. The Geriatric Floating Interdisciplinary Transition Team. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2010; 58(2):364-370.

Wendel VI, Tanner E, Cayea D, Arbaje AI, Durso SC. Implementing Staff Nurse Geriatric Education in the Acute Hospital Setting. MEDSURG Nursing, the Journal of Adult Health 2010 Sep-Oct; 19(5):274-80; quiz 281.

Sato M, Shaffer T, Arbaje AI, Zuckerman IH. Residential and Health Care Transition Patterns among Older Medicare Beneficiaries Over Time. The Gerontologist. 2011 Apr; 51(2):170-8. Epub 2010 Dec 21.

Arbaje AI. Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults, in Geriatric Care by Design, ed. A. Chun, C. Irmiter, and J. Schwartzberg (Chicago, IL: American Medical Association, 2011).

Arbaje AI, Boonyasai RT, Dilworth-Anderson, P. The Older Person in Transition: Implications for Pathways of Transitions of Care, in "Pathways through the Transitions of Care for Older Adults." Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. New York, NY: 2011; 31.

Clark JH, Yeagle J, Arbaje AI, Lin FR, Niparko JK, Francis HW. Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation in the Elderly: Literature Review and Proposal of a Conceptual Framework. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2012 Oct; 60(10):1936-45. Epub 2012 Sep 13.

Rooney M, Arbaje AI. Changing the Culture of Practice to Support Care Transitions—Why Now? Generations—Journal of the American Society on Aging, Special issue: Care Transitions in an Aging America. Winter 2012-2013; 36(4):63-70.

Graham LE, Leff B, Arbaje AI. Risk of Hospital Readmission for Older Adults Discharged on Friday. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013 Feb; 61(2):300-1.

Schoenborn N, Arbaje AI, Eubank KJ, Maynor KA, Carrese JA. Clinician Roles and Responsibilities during Care Transitions of Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013 Feb; 61(2):231-6.

Arbaje AI. Transitional Care. In: Durso SC, Sullivan GM, eds. Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 8th ed. New York, NY: American Geriatrics Society: 2013.

Bowman EH, Flood KL, Arbaje AI. Models of Care to Transition from Hospital to Home. In: Malone M, Capezuti E, Palmer R, eds. "Acute Care for Elders: A Model for Interdisciplinary Care." (in press)

Arbaje AI, Kansagara D, Englander H, Salanitro A, Kripalani S, Jencks S, Lindquist L. The Role of Geriatrics in Improving Care during Transitions. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2013 (in press).

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Watkins-Berger Scholar, University of Kansas, 1991
  • University Scholars Program, University of Kansas, 1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas, 1994
  • Fellow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Work Group on    Health Promotion and Community Development, Kansas Health Foundation , 1994
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Department of Sociology , University of Kansas, 1994
  • Hilltopper Award for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service, University of Kansas, 1995
  • Rhodes Scholar National Finalist , University of Kansas, 1994
  • Rhodes Scholar National Finalist , University of Kansas, 1996
  • Yale Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholar in International Health, 1998
  • Yale Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholar in International Health, 2002
  • Yale Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholar in International Health, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Yale , University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Research in Residency Program Yale, New Haven Hospital, 2002
  • Business of Medicine Scholarship , Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies and Business Education, 2004
  • Fellow Grantmakers in Aging Fellow, 2005
  • Presidential Poster Session Finalist , American Geriatrics Society, 2005
  • Presidential Poster Session Finalist , American Geriatrics Society, 2007
  • Presidential Poster Session Finalist , American Geriatrics Society, 2009
  • Presidential Poster Session Finalist , American Geriatrics Society, 2010
  • New Investigator Award for Outstanding Research in Geriatrics, American Geriatrics Society, 2008
  • Catch a Shining Star Award, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 2009
  • Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Program (148 selected out of 321 applicants), AAMC, 2009
  • Technical expert panel, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2009
  • Catch a Shining Star Award, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 2010
  • Emerging Women’s Leadership Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Women in Science and Medicine, 2011
  • Nursing Nurse Competence in Aging Writer’s Award, MEDSURG , 2012
  • Armstrong Scholar in Patient Safety, 2012
  • Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation , 2012
  • Alumni Honorary Medal, University of Kansas Honors Program, 2012
  • Top 10 Doctors Under 40, Baltimore Region, Baltimore Sun Magazine, 2010

Memberships

  • Academy Health, 2004
  • American Geriatrics Society, 2004
  • American Geriatrics Society Public Education Committee, 2012
    Member
  • Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine, 2000
  • Diversity Council, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008
    Member
  • Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Mosaic Initiative to Enhance Diversity, 2010
    Member
  • Gerontological Society of America, 2005
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety, 2012
    Advisory Board
  • Hopkins Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), 2009
    Founding Member
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, 2004

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • The Effects of Self-Management and Home Help on Medicare Beneficiaries Use of Hospitals: Insights into Issues of Transitional Care
    Lipitz Center Research Conference , Baltimore, Maryland (01/01/2005)
  • Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults. Panel discussion entitled, Transitions of Care: Who is Dropping the Ball?
    American College of Physicians Annual Chapter Meeting , Baltimore, Maryland (02/01/2008)
  • Job Negotiation Skills for Junior Faculty
    Department of General Internal Medicine , Baltimore, Maryland (03/01/2008)
  • The Early Effects on Hospital Readmission of the Guided Care Medical Home for High-Risk Beneficiaries
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , Baltimore, Maryland (03/01/2008)
  • Feasibility of a Pilot Intervention to Improve Care Transitions for Hospitalized Older adults: The Geriatric Floating Interdisciplinary Transitions Team
    Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Grand Rounds , Baltimore, Maryland (07/01/2008)
  • Creating a Geriatrics Center of Gravity around Hospitalized Older Adults: The Geriatric Floating Interdisciplinary Transitions Team
    Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Medicine Grand Rounds , Baltimore, Maryland (10/01/2008)
  • Trends in the Proportion of Hospitals Offering Services for Older Adults: Which Ones Matter for Readmissions?
    Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Grand Rounds , Baltimore, Maryland (12/01/2008)
  • Practical Solutions for Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults
    Geriatrics Mini-Fellowship Program , Baltimore, Maryland (09/01/2009)
  • Medicine Cabinet: Managing Medications as you Get Older
    Johns Hopkins Medicine: A Woman''s Journey , Baltimore, MD (11/01/2009)
  • Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults in the Hospital
    Acute Care of Older Adults Conference, University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee, Wisconsin (11/01/2009)
  • Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults: Lessons Learned from Research
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services QualityNet Conference , Balitmore, Maryland (12/01/2009)
  • Measures to Rate the Quality of Care Transitions and Impact Re-Admissions: Lessons from Research
    Annual World Health Care Congress Leadership Summit on Hospital Re-Admissions: Best Practices for Implementing Transitional Care Models , National Harbor, Maryland (01/01/2010)
  • Across the Health Care System: Practical Approaches to Better Transitions
    37th Annual Current Topics in Geriatrics , Baltimore, Maryland (02/01/2010)
  • Across the Health Care System: Practical Approaches to Better Transitions
    First Annual Northwest Regional Geriatric Nursing Conference, University of Arkansas Medical System , Fayetteville, Arkansas (04/01/2010)
  • Practical Solutions for Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults
    Geriatrics Mini-Fellowship Program , Baltimore, Maryland (09/01/2010)
  • Across the Health Care System: Practical Approaches to Better Transitions for Older Adults
    30th Annual Aspirus Health System Primary Care Symposium Featuring Topics in Geriatrics , Wausau, Wisconsin (09/01/2010)
  • The Aging Brain: Maturity & Making Health Transitions
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships Annual Meeting , St. Paul, Minnesota (10/01/2010)
  • The Guided Care Model
    Gerontological Society of America Pre-Conference on Aging and Disability Resource Centers as Key Facilitators in Care Transitions , New Orleans, LA (11/01/2010)
  • Transitioning Older Adults Across the Care Continuum
    2nd Annual World Health Care Congress Leadership Summit on Hospital Re-Admissions: Best Practices for Implementing Transitional Care Models , National Harbor, Maryland (01/01/2011)
  • Results from the Guided Care Medical Home
    Third National Medical Home Summit , Philadelphia, PA (03/01/2011)
  • Medication Management for Older Adults: Moving Beyond Disease Management for the Primary Care Physician
    American College of Physicians Annual Meeting , San Diego, California (04/01/2011)
  • The Guided Care Medical Home: Primary Elder Care in a New Age
    West Virginia Long-Term Care Partnership Summit , Charleston, West Virginia (09/01/2011)
  • Practical Solutions for Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults
    Geriatrics Mini-Fellowship Program , Balitmore, Maryland (09/01/2011)
  • Guided Care: a Model of Health Care for Older People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
    American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians 34th Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference , San Antonio, Texas (11/01/2011)
  • Medication Management as You Get Older
    Johns Hopkins Medicine: A Woman''s Journey , Baltimore, Maryland (11/01/2011)
  • Readmissions of Older Adults
    Grand Rounds, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, and Grand Rounds, Aurora Advanced Healthcare , Milwaukee, Wisconsin (11/01/2011)
  • Navigating Older Adults Transitions from Hospital to Home: Practical Steps for Homecare Providers
    Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin , Milwaukee, WI (11/01/2011)
  • Across the Health Care System: Practical Approaches to Better Transitions
    37th Annual Current Topics in Geriatrics , Baltimore, Maryland (02/01/2012)
  • Guided Care: a Model of Health Care for Older People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
    American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review, Physicians 35th Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference , Atlanta, GA (04/01/2012)
  • Polypharmacy: Strategies for Managing Medications in your Older Patients
    27th Semi-Annual Geriatric Symposium, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium , Atlanta, GA (04/01/2012)
  • Ask the Expert in Geriatrics
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Course (Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care) , Baltimore, Maryland (12/01/2012)
  • Transitional Care 2.0: A Broader Approach to Improving Care Transitions for Older Adults
    38th Annual Current Topics in Geriatrics , Baltimore, Maryland (02/01/2013)
  • Preparing for Fellowship: Options for those interested in public health, policy, and leadership
    National Hispanic Medical Association 16th Annual Conference , Speaker (04/01/2013)
  • Transitional Care 2.0: Broader Approaches to Improving Care Transitions of Older Adults After Hospital Discharge
    Welch Center Grand Rounds , Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland (04/01/2013)
  • Medicine for the Greater Good CurriculumHealth Promotion
    Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency Program , Baltimore, MD (11/01/2013)
  • Care Transitions in the Elderly
    Bayview Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Noon Seminar , Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD (01/01/2014)
  • Successful agers enjoy life to the fullest
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50859012 (02/20/2013)
  • College towns doubling as retirement communities
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50880368 (02/21/2013)

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