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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Media Contact: Joanna Downer

May 3, 2004


Frederick Brancati, M.D., has been named the new director of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins.  He replaces Michael Klag, M.D., who was appointed Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation.

Brancati came to Johns Hopkins in 1989 as a postdoctoral fellow and rapidly rose through the academic ranks, attaining the title of professor of medicine in 2003. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

His research has focused on identifying and understanding risk factors for diabetes by studying large groups, particularly through the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Among his contributions is the finding that carrying extra weight in one's mid-20s, not just in middle age, is a significant risk factor for diabetes. In 2000, he and his colleagues reported that African-American women could substantially reduce their risk of diabetes by eating healthier diets, losing weight and exercising more, while modifying those "lifestyle" factors would have less of an impact for other populations.

"Dr. Brancati richly deserves this position because of his accomplishments in research related to diabetes, his effectiveness as a mentor and his teaching abilities," says Myron (Mike) Weisfeldt, M.D., William Osler Professor of Medicine and director of the Department of Medicine. "He has a remarkable, broad vision for the programs in General Medicine that I know all at Hopkins will appreciate."

Brancati received a B.A. (Magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 1981 with a concentration in Biochemistry.  After earning his M.D. in 1985 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, he completed a 3 year residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honorary society, and served as chief medical resident. In 1989, Brancati came to Hopkins as a post doctoral fellow in General Internal Medicine, with a concentration in clinical epidemiology. In July 1992, he was named instructor in the division, moving up to assistant professor in March 1993, associate professor in 1998 and professor in 2003.  He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

The Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins' Medical School is dedicated to providing outstanding inpatient and outpatient care, the teaching and career development of medical students, house staff, fellows and other graduate students, providing role models of outstanding academic general internal medicine physicians including clinical educators and clinical investigators. The Division also strives to be a national leader in the conduct of clinical, educational, epidemiological, behavioral and community-based research that improves the health of patients and the public.