Daniel Ernest Ford, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Professor of Medicine


Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Epidemiology and treatment of depression; Physician health; Internet health applications; Primary care research; Tobacco use; Stroke; Information technology; Coronary artery disease; Myocardial infarction ...read more

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Dr. Daniel Ford is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds joint appointments in psychiatry and behavioral sciences and, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in health policy and management and in epidemiology. 

Dr. Ford serves as the director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Widely regarded as a pioneer in research associated with the interrelationships between mental disorders and chronic medical conditions, Dr. Ford gained international acclaim for clinical studies documenting depression as an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease and for research describing the long-term health risks related to sleep disturbances. He was chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to direct the evaluation of its $12 million Depression in Primary Care Initiative. He also has been the principal researcher on a large training grant to develop researchers in general internal medicine.

A leader in using the Internet for clinical research, Dr. Ford worked closely with Johns Hopkins personnel who developed e-IRB, an electronic process for submitting research proposals to the school of medicine’s Institutional Review Board, which oversees requests to launch clinical studies. His research interests include ways to improve the treatment of chronic diseases through information technology. He also advocates treating human research subjects as partners, ensuring that they receive sufficient thanks for their commitment and willingness to contribute to scientific progress.

Dr. Ford received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982. He arrived at Hopkins that year as a medical resident and, except for a brief period as a National Institutes of Health fellow, has been on the Johns Hopkins faculty ever since. He received his master’s degree in public health from the Bloomberg School in 1986. He has published more than 120 research papers and book chapters, and was associate editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and a member of the editorial board of General Hospital Psychiatry.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1982)


  • Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1984)
  • Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1985)


  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1985)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Ford’s research has focused on understanding the relationships between depression and chronic medical conditions, particularly coronary artery disease, and how to improve care for patients with medical comorbidity. He was one of the first investigators to publish data documenting depression as a risk factor for myocardial infarction and stroke. In the spirit of translation, he has also sustained an interest in how to utilize information technology (IT) to improve care of patients with depression and tobacco abuse. Moving these interventions into the commercial world has been part of this process. Dr. Ford has broad interests and is always willing to work with research teams and patient groups to learn more about the challenges they face and how we can address barriers as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Clinical Trials

Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being

Selected Publications

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Sadasivam RS, Hogan TP, Volkman JE, Smith BM, Coley HL, Williams JH, Delaughter K, Ray MN, Gilbert GH, Ford DE, Allison JJ, Houston TK; National Dental PBRN and QUITPRIMO Collaborative Groups. “Implementing point-of-care ‘e-referrals’ in 137 clinics to increase access to a quit smoking internet system: the Quit-Primo and National Dental PBRN HI-QUIT Studies.” Transl Behav Med. 2013 Dec;3(4):370-8. doi: 10.1007/s13142-013-0230-3. PMID: 24294325

Coley HL, Sadasivam RS, Williams JH, Volkman JE, Schoenberger YM, Kohler CL, Sobko H, Ray MN, Allison JJ, Ford DE, Gilbert GH, Houston TK; National Dental PBRN and QUITPRIMO Collaborative Group. “Crowdsourced peer- versus expert-written smoking-cessation messages.” Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov;45(5):543-50. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.07.004. PMID: 24139766

Sadasivam RS, Kinney RL, Delaughter K, Rao SR, Williams JH, Coley HL, Ray MN, Gilbert GH, Allison JJ, Ford DE, Houston TK; National Dental PBRN Group; QUIT-PRIMO Collaborative Group. “Who participates in Web-assisted tobacco interventions? The QUIT-PRIMO and National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Hi-Quit studies.” J Med Internet Res. 2013 May 1;15(5):e77. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2385. PMID: 23635417

Ayers JW, Althouse BM, Allem JP, Rosenquist JN, Ford DE. “Seasonality in seeking mental health information on Google.” Am J Prev Med. 2013 May;44(5):520-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.01.012. PMID: 23597817

Van Voorhees BW, Hsiung RC, Marko-Holguin M, Houston TK, Fogel J, Lee R, Ford DE. “Internal versus external motivation in referral of primary care patients with depression to an internet support group: randomized controlled trial.” J Med Internet Res. 2013 Mar 12;15(3):e42. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2197. PMID: 23482332

Cahoon EK, McGinty EE, Ford DE, Daumit GL. “Schizophrenia and potentially preventable hospitalizations in the United States: a retrospective cross-sectional study.” BMC Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 25;13:37. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-37. PMID: 23351438

Sadasivam RS, Allison JJ, Ray MN, Ford DE, Houston TK. “Using a resource effect study pre-pilot to inform a large randomized trial: the Decide2Quit.Org Web-assisted tobacco intervention.” AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012;2012:789-98. Epub 2012 Nov 3. PMID: 23304353

Shihab HM, Meoni LA, Chu AY, Wang NY, Ford DE, Liang KY, Gallo JJ, Klag MJ. “Body mass index and risk of incident hypertension over the life course: the Johns Hopkins Precursors Study.” Circulation. 2012 Dec 18;126(25):2983-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.117333. Epub 2012 Nov 14. PMID: 23151344

Cole S, Reims K, Kershner L, McCombs HG, Little K, Ford DE. “Improving care for depression: performance measures, outcomes and insights from the Health Disparities Collaboratives.” J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 Aug;23(3 Suppl):154-73. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0138. PMID: 22864495

Activities & Honors


  • David M. Levine Professor of Medicine, 2005

Professional Activities

  • Oversight Committee Member, Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Funds to Support Your Scholarly Work: Foundation, Corporate and Federal
    Lecture, Baltimore, MD (06/15/2016)
    Junior Faculty Membership Program, Office of Faculty Development
  • Clinical Databases and Scholarship
    Lecture, Baltimore, MD (06/15/2016)
    Junior Faculty Membership Program, Office of Faculty Development
  • Support for Clinical Academic Pursuits: CTSA, Clinical Trials, Clinical Research
    Lecture (08/05/2015)
    Clinical Orientation, Office of Faculty Development
  • Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research: A CTSA Program
    Lecture, Clinical and Translational Science Awards (01/01/2008)

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Hopkins wins $70 million NIH grant; UM left out, Baltimore Sun, Oct 22, 2013

The Immortal Henrietta Lacks, CBS News, March 15, 2010

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