Danelle Cayea, M.D., M.S.

Danelle Olson Cayea, M.D., M.S.

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  • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care of Older Adults

Research Interests

Medical education; Elder care; Geriatrics

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Dr. Danelle O. Cayea is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a specialist in geriatric medicine. Her clinical interests include the primary care of older adults with chronic illness and the care of hospitalized seniors.

She serves as the director of the Daniel and Jeannette Hendin Schapiro Geriatric Medical Education Center, as the associate vice chair for education for the Department of Medicine, and as the Director of the Medicine Core Clerkship Program.

Her research focuses on developing and evaluating curricula used to teach medical trainees about elder care. She has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters on this topic and has been recognized for her teaching excellence.

Dr. Cayea holds an M.S. in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed internal medicine residencies at both Montefiore University Hospital and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, as well as a geriatric medicine fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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  • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
  • Director, Daniel and Jeannette Hendin Schapiro Geriatric Medical Education Center
  • Director, Medicine Core Clerkship
  • Director, TRIPLE Course
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

  • Daniel and Jeannette Hendin Schapiro Geriatric Medical Education Center



  • MD; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2000)


  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (2002)
  • Internal Medicine; Montefiore University Hospital/UPMC (2003)


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2005)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatric Medicine) (2005)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2004)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Cayea’s research focuses on developing and evaluating curriculum aimed at teaching internal medicine to residents and medical students about the care of older adults—including those with complex heath issues—in the hospital and ambulatory settings.

Selected Publications

Weiner D, Cayea D. “Low Back Pain and Its Contributors in Older Adults: A Practical Approach to Evaluation and Treatment.” In: Pain in Older Persons. IASP Press. Seattle, 2005, pp 329-354

Cayea D. “Falls” In: Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine. Oxford University Press. New York. 2010, pp 82-86

Cayea D, Leff B. Weight loss. IN: Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students, Third edition. ACP Press, Philadelphia, 2011

Chang A, Fernandez H, Cayea D, Chheda S, Paniagua M, Eckstrom E, Day H. “Complexity in graduate medical education: a collaborative education agenda for internal medicine and geriatric medicine.” J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jun;29(6):940-6. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2752-2

Karani R, Fromme HB, Cayea D, Muller D, Schwartz A, Harris IB. “How medical students learn from residents in the workplace: a qualitative study.” Acad Med. 2014 Mar;89(3):490-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000141

Levine RB, Mechaber HF, Reddy ST, Cayea D, Harrison RA. "’A good career choice for women’: female medical students' mentoring experiences: a multi-institutional qualitative study.” Academic Medicine. Apr 2013, Vol. 88, No. 4: 527-534

Levine, RB, Shochet RB, Cayea D, Ashar BH, Stewart RW, Wright SM. “Measuring medical students’ sense of community and satisfaction with a structured advising program.” Intl J Medical Education 2011; 2:125-132

Cayea D, Eckstrom E, Christmas C. “Update in geriatric medicine.” J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Mar;27(3):371-5. doi: 10.1007/s11606-011-1876-5. Epub 2011 Oct 25

Levine R, Cayea D, Shochet R, Wright S. “A mid-clerkship crisis: Lessons learned from advising a medical student with career indecision.” Acad Med 2010; 85(4):654-659

Wendel VI, Durso SC, Cayea D, Arbaje AI, Tanner E. “Implementing staff nurse geriatric education in the acute hospital setting.” Medsurg Nurs 2010; 19(5):274-280

Mahoney K, Cayea D, Li Q, Gelber A. A Handy Clue to Uncover the Occult Source of Weight Loss. In press. Am J Med 

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • “Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life (TRIPLE),” Year Four, Genes to Society

Activities & Honors


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, 2011
  • The Lisa J. Heiser Award for Junior Faculty Contribution in Education (Teaching, Less Than Ten Years on Faculty), Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2014
  • Berkheimer Faculty Education Scholarship (“Improving Medical Students' Practice of High Value Care”), Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education, 2014
  • American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award, 2014
  • Elected to Fellowship in the Academy on Communication in Healthcare, 2016
  • High Value Practice Academic Alliance High Value Care Curriculum Educational Excellence Award, 2017
  • Professors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, Clinical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2018
  • Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award, 2019

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