Erica Imani Shelton, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Research Interests

Community engagement; Patient engagement; Health outcomes and disparities research; Improving health care access for underserved and vulnerable populations more


Erica Shelton, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., is an assistant professor of emergency medicine, initially joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2012 to pursue a research fellowship. Dr. Shelton’s research focuses on optimization of health care access for vulnerable populations to decrease health disparities and enhance value and efficiency of emergency care. Her work is aimed at increasing patient and community engagement in the health care system to optimize emergency department access and service utilization for vulnerable populations.

In particular, Dr. Shelton’s research focuses on enhancing patient-provider communication, especially among urban populations and communities of color, to overcome linkage barriers to follow-up care and self-management. more


  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2006)


  • Preventive Medicine; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2009)
  • Emergency Medicine; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2012)


  • Pathology; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2004)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine (Emergency Medicine) (2013)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Carpenter C, Shelton E, Fowler S, Suffoletto B, Platts-Mills T, Rothman R, Hogan T. Risk Factors & Screening Instruments to Predict Adverse Outcomes for Undifferentiated Older Emergency Department Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Academic Emergency Medicine.  January 2015. PMID: 25565487

Gibbons MC, Wilson RF, Samal L, Lehmann CU, Dickersin K, Lehmann HP, Aboumatar H, Finkelstein J, Shelton E, Sharma R, Bass EB.  Consumer Health Informatics: Results of a Systematic Evidence Review and Evidence Based Recommendations. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research. 1(1):72-82. March 2011. PMID: 24073033

Gibbons MC, Wilson RF, Samal L, Lehmann CU, Dickersin K, Lehmann HP, Aboumatar H, Finkelstein J, Shelton E, Sharma R, Bass EB.  Impact of Consumer Health Informatics Applications. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 188. AHRQ Publication No. 09(10)-E019.  Rockville, MD.  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. October 2009. PMID: 20629477

Wolff T, Shelton E, Sessions C, and Miller T. Screening for Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women: Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement. Annals of Internal Medicine. 150 (10):710-716. May 19, 2009. PMID: 19451578

Activities & Honors


  • Principal Investigator: Collaborative Commitment to Emergency Department Follow-Up Care: A Community-Based Approach to Patient Engagement, Sponsor: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Patient and Family Engagement Early-Career Investigator Award
  • Adherence to Follow‐Up Care Instructions after the Emergency Department Visit: Infusing the Patient Perspective; Sponsor, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute
  • Regional Community Health Partnership Task Force of Baltimore: Healthcare Transformation Program, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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