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Message from the Division Director

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, FACP

Director, Division of General Internal Medicine

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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 80 full-time, 250 part-time and 30 joint faculty, and 200+ staff, including a stellar group of core administrative faculty leaders and staff. We have 13 post-doctoral fellows, including research-oriented GIM fellows, as well as clinical fellows in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and in Obesity Medicine.

We are passionate about providing excellent care to our patients. Our Internal Medicine practices at both the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center and Greenspring 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 physicians while ensuring the highest level of care.

We also provide comprehensive primary care for several groups of people with additional considerations, including Cancer Survivors, those from the LGBTQ community (Transgender patients, Dr. Helene Hedian), children with special needs as they transition to adulthood (Pediatric-informed Adult Care and Transition Program, Dr. Sara Mixter), and patients with complex medical needs (HEROIC, Dr. Jeremy Epstein) who need more intensive care.

Finally, we have built specialty practices in the areas of Executive and Preventive Health (Dr. Bimal Ashar), Hypertension (Dr. Greg Prokopowicz), Medical Genetics (especially Ehlers Danlos, Dr. Howard Levy), and our newly launched Healthful Eating, Activity 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. Finally, GIM encompasses a comprehensive Palliative Medicine Program, that spans both inpatient and outpatient settings.

GIM faculty are committed to training the next generation of leaders in medicine and clinical research. Our faculty have key roles in the Osler Medicine Residency (Drs. Gail Berkenblit, Jeremy Epstein, Heather Sateia), as well as the Pediatric Clerkship (Dr. Amit Pahwa, Associate Director), the Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program, and the Osler Urban Health Track (Dr. Leonard Feldman, Program Director). 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 (directed by Drs. Nisa Maruthur and Craig Pollack) which, for over 40 years, has trained more than 200 fellows and has been a major source of faculty in our own Division and of leaders in medicine and research across the U.S. We are equally proud of the Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (directed by Drs. Danielle Doberman and Corey Tapper), and our new Obesity Medicine Fellowship (directed by Dr. Kimberly Gudzune).

Innovative clinical and translational research is a bedrock of the GIM division. Our researchers have built internationally recognized, wide-ranging research programs 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 delivery. GIM faculty lead internationally recognized centers and programs including the GeneSTAR Program (co-directed by Dr. Jay Vaidya and Ms. Lisa Yanek), 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) (directed by Dr. Clair Snyder) to name a few. We mentor and advise numerous students, residents, fellows, and faculty across the institution and beyond.

GIM faculty receive honors and awards each year for efforts across all aspects of our mission. Many of these are captured on the Medicine Matters Blog, but we highlight a few here.

Our faculty receive numerous clinical awards. In 2020, 5 of our physicians were named as Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doctors, including Dr. Kimberly Peairs and Dr. Gregory Prokopowicz (Internal Medicine), Dr. Kimberly Gudzune and Dr. Zoobia Chaudry (Obesity Medicine), and Dr. Thomas Smith (Palliative Medicine). Our physicians have been named to the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, most recently Dr. Gail Berkenblit and Dr. Heather Sateia.

Our faculty receive awards for their teaching at all levels. In 2021, Dr. Eric Bass received the Leadership and Mentoring Award, and Dr. Charles Locke the Teaching Award for Part-time Faculty. In 2020, Dr. Ashwini Davison (part-time appointment) was given the Graduate Student Teaching Award, Dr. Gigi Liu (joint appointment) the Teaching Award for faculty less than 10 years, and Dr. Monica Mix the Teaching Award for part-time faculty.

Our accomplishments in research also draw awards. Dr. Casey Overby-Taylor was named on the list of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by the Community of Scholars. Dr. Jeremy Greene (joint appointment) received the 2021 Nicholas Davies Award from the American College of Physicians. Dr. Larry Appel and Dr. Josef Coresh (joint appointment) were named to the Clarivate's list of 2020 Highly Cited Researchers. Most recently, Dr. Lisa Cooper was named to the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Technology and Science – a high honor indeed!

We have redoubled our efforts to improve the health and lives of those in our community. These efforts stand out in the work of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity (directed by 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 (directed by Dr. Lenny Feldman). However, our efforts run much wider and deeper as evidenced by the following awardees: Dr. Selvi Rajagopal was awarded a grant from the JHU Innovation Fund for Community Safety to improve community safety in Baltimore City through programs that support social emotional learning, STEM and workforce training, and employment opportunities. Dr. S. Michelle Ogunwole was selected to be a 2020 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and received a 2-year career development award from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program.

Along with delivering quality patient care, education and research, what makes Hopkins GIM a special place, however, is our history and our people. You can learn more about our history elsewhere on our website. You'll read about the pioneering leaders, who created and grew a collegial culture that continues to 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”.

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