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Congratulations Dr. Joseph Cofrancesco

Joe Cofrancesco
Joseph Cofrancesco


Joseph Cofrancesco Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, Director of the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) and Associate Professor of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education Professor of Medicine.

Professorship Announcement:

To SOM faculty, staff, students and trainees

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Joseph Cofrancesco, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE), has been named the inaugural Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Cofrancesco is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2006, Dean Edward Miller and Vice Dean for Education David Nichols asked Dr. Cofrancesco to lead the Martin D. Abeloff Committee on educational values and rewards. His work in this role made him the logical choice to direct the new IEE in 2009.

Dr. Cofrancesco received his B.A. in biology from Columbia University in 1980 and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1990 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Cofrancesco was an intern in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and a resident in medicine and primary care at Montefiore Medical Center. After completing residency training, Dr. Cofrancesco served as chief resident of ambulatory medicine and instructor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993.

In 1994, Dr. Cofrancesco came to Johns Hopkins for fellowship training in general internal medicine and to obtain his M.P.H. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He’s been here ever since. Dr. Cofrancesco has focused much of his clinical and research career on HIV/AIDS. He has been a co-investigator on U01 and U22 grants on HIV prevention and treatment and was the site PI on an R01 on fat redistribution and metabolic changes in HIV infection. But Dr. Cofrancesco is best known for his leadership and scholarship in medical education. Highly acclaimed as a teacher of medical students, residents, fellows and faculty, Dr. Cofrancesco was a key clinical faculty member in the Osler Residency Program from 2000 to 2007. In 2012, he received two prestigious awards recognizing his accomplishments—the David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Professors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences.

In just five years, Dr. Cofrancesco has developed the IEE into a leader of its kind in academic medicine. Among the activities of the IEE are quarterly grand rounds, an annual education conference and celebration, an annual summer teaching camp, awards to recognize great educators in the school of medicine, and the very successful Faculty Educator Scholars Grant Program. Most recently, Dr. Cofrancesco added a Web resource to improve teaching skills, peer coaching and feedback. Dr. Cofrancesco hopes to use the professorship to help advance the activities of the IEE and to continue to improve the education and training of physicians and biomedical scientists.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Confrancesco on this esteemed appointment.


Paul Rothman, M.D.
Dean of the Medical Faculty
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine


Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Vice Dean for Education


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