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Colleen Christmas, M.D.

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  • Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Geriatric Medicine, Medical Education, Primary Care of Older Adults more

Research Interests

Geriatrics curriculum development and evaluation for medical students. more

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Colleen Christmas is associate professor of medicine. Practicing geriatric medicine primary care and consultative geriatric medicine, she serves as the director of the Primary Care Leadership Track and faculty in the Colleges Advising Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her academic interests include medical education, professional identity formation, nutrition and exercise in the elderly.

She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital. more


  • Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Director, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; UConn John Dempsey Hospital (1993)


  • Internal Medicine; Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (1996)


  • Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (1999)
  • Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1999)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatric Medicine) (1998)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1996)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Christmas C, Park EM, Schmaltz H, Gozu A, Durso SC. A model intensive course in geriatric teaching for non-geriatrician educators. J Gen Intern Med. 2008;23(7):1048-52

Christmas C, Durso SC, Kravet SJ, Wright SM. Advantages and challenges of working as a clinician in an academic department of medicine: academic clinicians’ perspectives. J Grad Med Educ 2010;2:478-84

Zakaria S, Johnson EN, Hayashi JL, Christmas C. Graduate medical education in the Freddie Gray era. N Engl J Med 2015;373(21):1998-2002

Thorp J, Dattalo M, Ghanem K, Christmas C. Implementation of 2011 duty hours regulations through a workload reduction strategy and impact on residency training. J Gen Int Med 2016,31(12):1475-81

Christmas C, Rogus-Pulia N. Swallowing disorders in the older population. J Am Geriatr Soc 2019 Dec;67(12):2643-2649. PMID:31430395

Activities & Honors

Professional Activities

  • Faculty, Colleges Advising Program, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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