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Alison E. Turnbull, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: Epidemiology; Palliative care; Medical decision-making; ICU

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1830 E. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205 map

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Background

Dr. Alison E. Turnbull is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also holds a joint appointment in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on patient-clinician interactions.

Her team is currently engaged in quantitative descriptions of patient-clinician interactions and the decision-making process for ICU patients and their families.

Dr. Turnbull received her B.A. in biology from Carleton College. She earned her D.V.M. and M.P.H. from Tufts University. She completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Turnbull joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2014.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Turnbull worked on the Participatory Disease Surveillance and Response Project for Avian Influenza Control for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Indonesia.

Dr. Turnbull has been recognized with several honors, including a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University in 2012-2013.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education

Degrees

  • D.V.M., Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - N. Grafton (Massachusetts) (2006)
  • M.P.H., Tufts University School of Medicine (Massachusetts) (2006)
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2013)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Turnbull’s research focuses on patient-clinician interactions. Her lab studies decision-making processes for ICU patients and their families and focuses on long-term outcomes of ICU survivors. Additional research examines ways to improve end-of-life care for patients.

Lab Website: Alison E. Turnbull Lab

Selected Publications

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Halwani MA, Turnbull AE, Harris M, Witter F, Perl TM. "Postdischarge surveillance for infection following cesarean section: A prospective cohort study comparing methodologies." Am J Infect Control. 2015 Dec 16. pii: S0196-6553(15)01109-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.023. [Epub ahead of print]

Lane-Fall MB, Collard ML, Turnbull AE, Halpern SD, Shea JA. "ICU attending handoff practices: results from a national survey of academic intensivists." Crit Care Med. 2015 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Hayes MM, Turnbull AE, Zaeh S, White DB, Bosslet GT, et al. "Responding to requests for potentially inappropriate treatments in intensive care units." Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Nov;12(11):1697-9. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201508-565CME.

Turnbull AE, O'Connor CL, Lau B, Halpern SD, Needham DM. "Allowing physicians to choose the value of compensation for participation in a web-based survey: randomized controlled trial." J Med Internet Res. 2015 Jul 29;17(7):e189. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3898.

Turnbull AE, Neufeld KJ, Needham DM. "Contradictory findings on one-year mortality following ICU delirium." Crit Care. 2015 Jan 30;19:29. doi: 10.1186/s13054-015-0747-6.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Math, Money, and the Mind: Controversies in Medical Decision Making
    Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
    2012

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 2014
  • American Thoracic Society International Conference Abstract Scholarship, Assembly on Critical Care, 2014
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2012 - 2013
  • Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010 - 2013
  • Doctoral Seminar Award for Scholarship, Creativity, and Conversational Courage, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, 2010
  • Robert Dyar Memorial Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, 2008
  • The Agnes Varis Scholarship, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, 2004 - 2005
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