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Blass, David M., M.D.

Assistant Professor

Main Office Address

Meyer 279
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21287-5371

Phone: 410-955-6736
Fax: 410-614-1094


Administrative Assistant

Kate Jakobsen




Johns Hopkins University



University of Maryland School of Medicine



Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary


Internal Medicine

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore


Geriatric Psychiatry

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Professional Interests

Clinical interests include general geriatric psychiatry, with a special interest in the care of patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Research interests also relate to the care of patients with dementia, and include the characterization and treatment of psychiatric and behavioral symptoms in frontotemporal dementia as well as end-of-life dementia care. Dr. Blass also has a specific interest in the interface between psychiatry and religion

Selected Publications

BLASS DM, Hatanpaa K, Brandt J, Rao V, Steinberg M, Troncoso J, Rabins P. Dementia in hippocampal sclerosis resembles frontotemporal dementia more than Alzheimer disease. Neurol, 2004; 63: 492-497 (2004).

BLASS DM and Rabins PV. Dementia. (American College of Physicians practice guidelines) In: PIER [online database]. Philadelphia, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (2002).  

BLASS DM. A conceptual framework for the interaction between psychiatry and religion.  International Review of Psychiatry, 13:79-85  (2001).

BLASS DM and Fagan PJ. The treatment of Orthodox Jewish patients in sex therapy.  Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 26:267-271 (2001).  

BLASS DM, Steinberg M, Leroi I, Lyketsos CG. Successful multimodality treatment of severe behavioral disturbance in a patient with advanced Huntington's disease. American Journal of Psychiatry,158(12):1966-1972 (2001) 


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