Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.

Eric Biren Bass, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • Professor of Medicine


Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Evidence-Based Medicine; and Comparative Effectiveness of Medical and Surgical Interventions more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-614-0328 | Fax: 410-367-2185
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Dr. Bass attended Duke University for college and medical school, and received residency training in internal medicine and an MPH degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1989. His strongest research interests are in evidence-based medicine and assessment of the effectiveness, safety, and costs of medical and surgical management strategies. He has been the Director of the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center since 2001. His teaching activities focus on medical student education at the interface between medicine and public health. He is the Director of the medical school's course on Foundations of Public Health, and Co-Director of the medical school's Scholarly Concentration in Public Health Research. He was the Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins for 15 years. He served as the Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine for 5 years, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of a journal dedicated to community-based participatory research called Progress in Community Health Partnerships. He has been the CEO of the Society of General Internal Medicine since 2017. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and over 50 evidence reports. He continues to have a clinical practice as a general internist. more


  • Director, Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
  • Director of the Foundations of Public Health Course in the School of Medicine
  • Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Public Health and Community Service in the School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Promotions, Department of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; Duke University School of Medicine (1983)


  • Internal Medicine; Presbyterian University Hospital/UPMC (1986)


  • Internal Medicine; Presbyterian University Hospital/UPMC (1989)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1986)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Viswanathan M, Patnode CD, Berkman ND, Bass EB, Chang S, Hartling L, Murad MH, Treadwell JR, Kane RL. Recommendations for assessing the risk of bias in systematic reviews of health care interventions. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018; 97: 26-34.

Bennett WL, Wilson RF, Zhang A, Tseng E, Knapp EA, Kharrazi H, Stuart EA, Shogbesan O, Bass EB, Cheskin LJ. Methods for evaluating natural experiments in obesity: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med. 2018; 168: 791-800. 

Hsiao YL, Bass EB, Wu AW, et al. Implementation of a comprehensive program to improve coordination of care in an urban academic health care system. J Health Organ Manage. 2018; 32: 638-57.

Goyal M, Singh S, Siblinga EM, Gould NF, Rowland-Seymour A, Sharma R, Berger Z, Sleicher D, Maron DD, Shihab HM, Ranasinghe PD, Linn S, Saha S, Bass EB, Haythornthwaite JA. Meditation programs for psychological stress & well-being. A systematic review & meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2014; 174: 357-68. 

Chang SM, Bass EB, Berkman N, Carey TS, Kane RL, Lau J, Ratichek S. Challenges in implementing The Institute of Medicine systematic review standards. Syst Rev. 2013 Aug 27;2(1):69. doi: 10.1186/2046-4053-2-69. PMID: 23981546

Activities & Honors


  • George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar, American College of Physicians, 1993 - 1996
  • Fellow, America College of Physicians, 2008
  • Leadership and Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Institute for Excellence in Education, 2021
  • Election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2018
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