Alison E. Turnbull, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Bioethics, Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Palliative care; Medical decision-making; ICU; post-ICU outcomes more


Dr. Alison E. Turnbull is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also holds a joint appointment in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Turnbull received her B.A. in biology from Carleton College. She earned her D.V.M. and M.P.H. from Tufts University. She completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Turnbull joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2014. more


  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2013)
  • D.V.M.; Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - N. Grafton (Massachusetts) (2006)
  • M.P.H.; Tufts University School of Medicine (Massachusetts) (2006)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Turnbull’s research focuses on interactions between the families and clinicians of critically ill patients. Her lab studies shared decision-making during critical illness.

She is particularly interested in methodological innovations that facilitate rigorous evaluation of patient and family engagement initiatives, and in characterizing the long-term outcomes of ICU survivors. 

She is a member of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) multi-disciplinary research group and a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital clinical ethics committee.


Lab Website: Alison E. Turnbull Lab

Selected Publications

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Turnbull AE, Hayes MM, Brower RG, Colantuoni E, Sharma Basyal P, White DB, Curtis JR, Needham DM. The effect of documenting prognosis on the information provided to ICU proxies: A randomized trial. Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 47(6):757-764.

Turnbull AE, Sahetya SK, Daugherty Biddison EL, Hartog CS, Rubenfeld GD, Benoit DD, Guidet B, Gerritsen RT, Tonelli MR, Curtis JR.  Competing and conflicting interests in the care of critically ill patients.  Intensive Care Medicine. 2018. 44(10):1628-1637.

Turnbull AE, Rabiee A, Davis WE, Nasser MF, Venna VR, Lolitha R, Hopkins RO, Bienvenu OJ, Robinson KA, Needham DM. Outcome Measurement in ICU Survivorship Research from 1970-2013: A Scoping Review of 425 Publications. Critical Care Medicine. 2016;44(7):1267-1277.

Turnbull AE, Chessare CM, Coffin, RK, Needham DM. A brief intervention for preparing ICU families to be proxies: A phase I study. PLoS ONE. 2017;12(10):e0185483

Turnbull AE, Hartog, CS. Goal-concordant care in the ICU: a conceptual framework for future research.  Intensive Care Medicine. 2017;43:1847-1849.

Contact for Research Inquiries

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Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Math, Money, and the Mind: Controversies in Medical Decision Making
    Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
    2012 - 2012

Activities & Honors


  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 2014
  • American Thoracic Society International Conference Abstract Scholarship, Assembly on Critical Care, 2014
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2012 - 2013
  • Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010 - 2013
  • Doctoral Seminar Award for Scholarship, Creativity, and Conversational Courage, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, 2010
  • Robert Dyar Memorial Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, 2008
  • The Agnes Varis Scholarship, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, 2004 - 2005
  • Annals of the American Thoracic Society 2019 Top Reviewer Award, ATS, 2019
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