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Hypertension Center Team

Dr. Prokopowicz

Gregory Prokopowicz MD, MPH


Dr. Prokopowicz received his medical degree as well as a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine on the Osler Medical Service of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Prokopowicz joined the faculty of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Prokopowicz is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) and a Designated ASH Specialist in clinical hypertension.

Dr. Cingolani

Oscar Cingolani, MD


Dr. Cingolani is an Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, and completed his Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at CEMIC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and hypertension research post-doctoral fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Dr. Cingolani joined The Johns Hopkins Hospital and trained in Cardiology, where he remained in the Faculty afterwards. Currently, he serves as a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Coronary Care Unit, Echocardiography Lab and Outpatient Cardiology Clinic. He also teaches pathophysiology to medical students. Dr. Cingolani’s research interests focus on hypertensive heart disease and its transition to heart failure. He aims to elucidate the mechanism/s by which certain matricellular proteins present in the heart seem to play a protective role.

Dr. Cingolani has been recognized by the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association for his work in hypertension and is the 2011 recipient of the PJ Schafer Memorial Heart Research Award. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

Dr. Sperati

John Sperati, MD, MHS


Dr. Sperati obtained his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and a Masters in Health Science from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a year as an Assistant Chief of Service (Chief Resident). He subsequently pursued subspecialty training in Nephrology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and joined the faculty in the Division of Nephrology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

Within the field of hypertension, Dr. Sperati’s particular interests are in fibromuscular dysplasia, atherosclerotic renal arterial disease, hyperaldosteronism, and genetic hypertensive syndromes (most involve the kidney). He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and is a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation.

Dr. Appel

Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Appel earned his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine and his MPH degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He is a Professor of Medicine with adjunct appointments in Epidemiology and International Health. Dr. Appel is Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, a joint program of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an expert in non-pharmacologic therapy to lower blood pressure and improve hypertension control. The focus of Dr. Appel’s investigative career is the conduct of clinical, epidemiologic and translational research pertaining to the prevention of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease, especially through sodium reduction and weight control.

Dr. Appel was named the 2006 Distinguished Researcher by the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks, and he was the 2010 Conner Lecturer at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. He has been a member of the AHA's Nutrition Committee for over 10 years and a past chair. He was a member of the 2005 and 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committees. He has also served on several Institute of Medicine Committees and chaired the committee that set dietary reference intakes for sodium, potassium and water. He has served on numerous advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health. Many of Dr. Appel’s completed studies are considered landmark efforts (e.g. DASH, PREMIER, AASK) that have influenced health care policy.

Dr. Miller

Edgar (Pete) Miller, III, MD, PhD

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Miller received his medical training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia after first earning a PhD from the University of Connecticut. He is a professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Miller’s research interests are focused on hypertension, clinical trials, non-pharmacologic therapies and antioxidants.

Dr. Miller is a member of the American Society of Hypertension, the American Heart Association, and the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Schram

Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Schram received her Master's of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Georgetown University and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University. She is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and is Board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Schram has extensive experience in managing chronic illness, including hypertension and diabetes. Her research focus is on self-mangement of chronic disease.

Dr. Ross

Patricia A. Ross, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Ambulatory Care

Dr. Ross earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Shenandoah University in Virginia in 2001. She subsequently completed a pharmacy residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an ambulatory care residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her clinical interests are anticoagulation management, diabetes, hypertension, and pharmacy education.

Dr. Wellman

Jessica Wellman, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Ambulatory Care

Dr. Wellman earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed her residency in pharmacy practice with an emphasis on primary care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. Her clinical interests include management and patient education related to chronic disease states including diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, heart failure, smoking cessation, obesity and geriatric medicine.