Elham Hatef Naimi, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Academic Director, General Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Elham Hatef, MD, MPH earned her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, in Tehran, Iran, and her Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). Dr. Hatef completed a preliminary year in Internal Medicine at Yale-affiliated Griffin Hospital in Connecticut and the Preventive Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at JHBSPH. She then completed the Clinical Informatics Practice Pathway at JHBSPH.

Dr. Hatef moved to the United States in 2006, where she learned to conduct clinical research in preventive medicine with a focus on preventive ophthalmology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She continued to pursue her interest in preventive medicine and prevention of blindness as a research postdoctoral fellow at Wilmer Eye Institute and as an MPH student with a focus on Epidemiology and Biostatistics at JHBSPH. She also worked with Cochrane Eye and Vision Group on systematic reviews in this field. After completing her training at JHBSPH she joined the Center for Population Health IT (CPHIT) where she conducts a number of projects in preventive medicine and population health with a focus on social determinants of health, using health information technology and Big Data. She also serves as the academic director of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

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  • Academic Director, General Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • M.P.H.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2010)
  • M.D.; Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran) (2004)

Additional Training

Preventive Medicine and Public Health (2016)

Clinical Informatics (2018)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

As a preventive medicine-public health physician and clinical informatician, Dr. Hatef focuses on population health, social and behavioral determinants of health, and health disparities using health IT and informatics. She is involved in several projects in this area; at the Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT (CPHIT) she led the development of population health framework and measurements for Maryland, a collaboration with Maryland Health Information Exchange (a.k.a, CRISP: Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients) supported through Maryland State Improvement Model and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She also led the project to evaluate the health outcomes such as hospitalization rate at the primary care level at the Veterans Health Administration while taking into account social and behavioral risk factors of veterans. Also, in collaboration with other faculty across Johns Hopkins University, she works on new methods of data mining and natural language processing to address social and behavioral determinants of health by using structured and unstructured data in electronic health records.

Contact for Research Inquiries

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