Director’s Message

The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology has been my professional home since 2000. The collegiality and sense of community are foundational to the work of divisional faculty, trainees and staff, and help to perpetuate our mission, ‘to provide the highest level of care to older adults and to discover, translate and teach new knowledge through education and research.’

Our Division consists of committed health and research professionals and allied staff members focused on helping older adults age with vitality and dignity. Our strength lies in our commitment to a diverse workforce that reflects the broad experiences of the patients we serve.

Our clinicians offer compassionate and skilled care to older adults across the continuum of care, including those needing home-based care, care focused on recovery from acute illness, specialty care focused on memory loss or bone health, hospital-based care, or clinic-based care focused on successful aging and prevention of illness and disability.

Our researchers have made and continue to make groundbreaking advances in understanding mechanisms of frailty and resilience, in examining falls and mobility in community-dwelling populations, through studying family caregiving, and in finding ways to improve the care of older adults, through innovations in home-based primary care, hospital-at-home, the care of people living with multiple chronic conditions, and collaborating with specialties like anesthesia and surgery to improve surgical recovery and outcomes, among others.  We also have built productive research collaborations with investigators in the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing through our interdisciplinary Center on Aging and Health.

Our educators have led outstanding educational programs for over 40 years that are focused on improving health and health care for older populations.  We are home to a distinguished and competitive fellowship program in geriatric medicine and gerontology, with many opportunities to add research and educator skills to outstanding clinical training.  Many of our fellowship graduates have played integral roles in improving care for older adults in positions of leadership at Johns Hopkins, peer institutions, industry and government.  Our fellowship graduates overwhelmingly recognize the formative influence of the Hopkins training experience on their long-term impact and success. We also train community-based health care providers from all disciplines across Maryland through our Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. We train medical students and internal medicine residents in our clinical settings, most of whom will provide care to older adults in some way in whichever future career they choose.  We also all look forward to welcoming medical students from around the country between their first and second year for the Medical Student Training in Aging Research program, fostering interest in geriatrics and aging research.

Whether you are visiting our site as a patient, family member, clinician, researcher, fellow, resident or student, we hope you gain insight into the diversity and depth of our team and our programs. For nearly 60 years, members of this Division have cherished our role as clinicians, scientists and educators.  Please browse this site, and contact us if you are interested in an appointment, training, or position within the Division!  

Thank you for your interest.

Cynthia M. Boyd, M.D. M.P.H
Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine