Esther Seunghee Oh, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Korean


Clinical Care of Older Adults, Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, Delirium, Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, Perioperative Care of Older Adults more

Research Interests

Development of biomarkers for different stages of dementia, as markers of early detection as well as for markers of treatment response more

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Appointment Phone: 410-550-6337
5200 Eastern Ave.
The Center for Transformative Geriatric Research, Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower, Floor 7
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410-550-6337 | Fax: 410-550-8701
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Dr. Esther Oh is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise is in evaluation and management of memory disorders. She has an extensive experience in evaluating memory disorders in older adults with multiple chronic diseases, and takes and integrative approach in the treatment of memory disorders.

Dr. Oh also serves as the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center

Dr. Oh earned her M.D. from the UHS/Chicago Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was a chief resident. She completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Oh has received numerous awards including the Merck New Investigator Award, AFAR New Investigator Award in Alzheimer’s disease, and the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Award. She is also a recipient of several major grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She has also been honored for her teaching by Excellence in Teaching Award in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in 2013 and 2017.

Dr. Oh’s research is primarily focused on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Her current projects include: development of biomarkers for detecting early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; understanding the interrelationship between delirium and Alzheimer’s disease; cognitive changes after surgery; and understanding the role of sensory problems (hearing and vestibular function) in Alzheimer’s disease. more


  • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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  • MD; Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago SOM (1998)


  • Internal Medicine; University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (2002)


  • Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatrics) (2004)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2001)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trials

Post-Operative Delirium in Elderly Surgical Patients (STRIDE)

Selected Publications

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Oh E, Li M, Fafowora T, Inouye S, Chen C, Rosman L, Lyketsos C, Sieber F, Puhan M. Preoperative risk factors for postoperative delirium following hip fracture repair: A systematic review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2015; 30(9):900-910. PMID 25503071 PMCID 4465414 

Oh ES,Marano CM, Leoutsakos JM, Lee RW, Rissman RA, Smith GS, Craft S, Lyketsos CG, Oral glucose tolerance testing to modulate plasma amyloid levels: A novel biomarker. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. 2015 Sep; 1(3):311-315. PMID 26413562 PMCID 4578701

Oh ES, Sieber F, Leoutsakos JM, Inouye S, Lee HB, Sex differences in hip fracture surgery: preoperative risk factors of delirium and postoperative outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2016 Aug;64(8):1616-21 PMID 27384742

Lee HB, Oldham M, Sieber F, Oh ES. Impact of Delirium After Hip Fracture Surgery on One-Year Mortality in Patients With or Without Dementia: A Case of Effect Modification. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2017 Mar;25(3):308-315, PMID 27838314

Oh ES, Fong TG, Hshieh TT, Inouye SK, Delirium in Older Persons: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment. JAMA 2017 Sept:318(12):1083-1198

Activities & Honors


  • American Geriatrics Society, 2001
  • Christian Medical & Dental Associations, 1996
  • International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, 2010
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2006

Professional Activities

  • Biologist Department of Molecular Cell Biology, American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), 1993 - 1994
  • Investigator Clinical Core, Johns Hopkins Alzheimers Disease Research Center, 2007
  • John A. Hartford Foundation Student Researcher Molecular Neurobiology Section, National Institute on Aging, 1990 - 1991
  • Student Researcher Department of Microbiology, Okayama University, 1991 - 1992
  • Student Researcher Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester, 1990 - 1990
  • Student Researcher National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, 1995 - 1995
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