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Message from the Division Director

 

Dr. Clark

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, FACP

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
The Johns Hopkins University

Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) website! We are delighted you have come to look around and learn more about who we are and what we do.

Hopkins GIM is home to a large, diverse group of individuals dedicated to carrying out our mission. There are more than 90 full-time faculty, 180 part-time faculty and 30 joint faculty, 12 federally-funded post-doctoral fellows, and 300+ staff, including a stellar group of core administrative faculty leaders and staff.

In the Ambulatory setting, our internal medicine practices at both the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center and Green Spring Station are driving new levels of excellence through clinical unit-based safety program (CUSP) teams. We provide primary and preventive care to keep people healthy, and manage patients with complex medical problems all while focusing on each individual’s preferences and goals for care and respecting family and cultural backgrounds. In the GIM led Resident Primary Care Clinic (Dr. Gail Berkenblit), we are educating the next generation of internal medicine physicians while ensuring the highest level of care. The new clinic for patients with complex medical needs (HEROIC) provides more intensive care for patients who need it.

We have built specialty practices in the area of Executive and Preventive Health Program (Dr. Bimal Ashar) and Hypertension (Dr. Greg Prokopowicz), Cancer Survivorship (Dr. Kimberly Peairs), as well as our newly launched Lifestyle Medicine and Weight Program (Dr. Kimberly Gudzune). GIM faculty also lead and provide services in the After Care Clinic (Dr. Rosalyn Stewart), a bridge clinic for patients discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital or the emergency room back to primary care; the University Health Service student clinic, and the John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice

Inside the walls of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, GIM faculty provide state-of-the art, high value care on the Hospitalist Unit and on 4 teaching services, known as the Brancati services. We also provide Comprehensive Consultation services across the hospital, and for Palliative Medicine. Our faculty, along with leaders in the institution and Department of Medicine, also lead innovative programs aimed at reducing waste and increasing high value care. In 2019, Dr. Carrie Herzke was named Associate Chief Medical Officer for Johns Hopkins Hospital.

GIM faculty are committed to training the next generation of leaders in medicine and clinical research. Our faculty are involved in the Pediatric Clerkship (Dr. Amit Pahwa, Associate Director), the Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program; the Osler Urban Health Track (Dr. Leonard Feldman, Program Director), and the Osler Medicine Residency (Drs. Gail Berkenblit, Jeremy Epstein, Heather Sateia). Dr. Joseph Cofrancesco continues as Director of the Institute for Excellence in Education, which is leading education across all levels of learners for the institution. 

We are very proud of our GIM Fellowship, which has trained leaders in academic medicine for over 40 years. The program has trained more than 200 fellows and has been a major source of faculty in our own Division and of leaders across the US and abroad as Division Directors, Residency Program Directors, Research Professors, and Deans. The fellowship is currently directed by Dr. Nisa Maruthur and Dr. Craig Pollack and is supported by longstanding training grants from NHLBI and HRSA (PIs: Drs. Felicia Hill-Briggs, David Levine and Jodi Segal).

Innovative clinical and translational research is a bedrock of the GIM division. Our researchers have built internationally recognized research programs in a wide range of fields ranging using and developing the most rigorous research methods available. Faculty are awarded over $25 million in research grants each year to tackle some of the most common, most difficult and most important medical conditions and issues in care deliver. GIM faculty lead internationally recognized Research Center and Programs including the GeneSTAR Program (Dr. Jay Vaidya and Ms. Lisa Yanek, Co-Directors) the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR) (Dr. Jodi Segal, Associate Director) and Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS) (Dr. Clair Snyder, Director) to name a few. We mentor and advise numerous pre- and post-doctoral students, residents, fellows, and faculty across the institution and beyond.

GIM faculty receive numerous honors and awards each year for efforts across all aspects of our mission. Many of these are captured on our News page. In 2018, Dr. Larry Appel was named a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association for his contributions to cardiovascular research. In 2019, Dr. Daniel Hindman was given the Outstanding Primary Care Fellow Award and Dr. Bimal Ashar the Distinguished Primary Care Faculty award from the Johns Hopkins Primary Care Consortium. Dr. Reza Manesh was inducted into the JHU School of Medicine’s Distinguished Teaching Society. Finally, Dr. Jeanne Clark was given the Inaugural Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine.

In all our work, we remain committed to improving the health of our community. These efforts are probably most evident in the work of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity (Dr. Lisa Cooper), the Johns Hopkins Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care, (Dr. Jeanne Clark) and the Primary Care Urban Health residency programs (Dr. Lenny Feldman). However, our efforts run much wider and deeper as evidenced by the following awardees: Dr. Lenny Feldman - the 2019 Community Service Award from the Baltimore Medical Society for his work with the Behavioral Leadership Institute; Dr. Lois Eldred - the 2019 Martin Luther King Junior Award for Community Service from Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Dr. Diane Becker -the 2019 Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Community Hero Award for her outstanding efforts addressing critical needs in our community. We invite you to join us in our efforts.

Along with delivering quality patient care, education and research, what makes Hopkins GIM a special place, however, is our history and our people. Both have led us to our current mission of providing outstanding clinical care, training the next generation of clinicians and researchers and conducting innovative clinical research aimed at improving health and health care. You can read about our history on our web page titled Hopkins GIM: 35 Years of Medicine Without Limits. You'll read about the pioneering leaders, who created and grew a collegial culture that is manifest in the form of unusually strong relationships across traditional boundaries of Divisions, Departments, and Schools, and our indelible and collective commitment to our mission, which is captured best in the immortal words of Dr. Fred Brancati: Hopkins GIM is “All about the Love”