Halima Amjad, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Punjabi, Urdu


Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Dementia, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine ...read more

Research Interests

Dementia; Dementia Care; Health Services


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower, Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Dr. Halima Amjad is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry, with a focus on individuals living with dementia. 

Dr. Amjad earned her M.D. and Master’s of Public Health from Drexel University. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2016.

Her research focuses on informing and improving the care of older adults with dementia with research into underdiagnosis, hospitalization, and primary care in dementia.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD MPH; Drexel University College of Medicine (2009)


  • Internal Medicine; Yale-New Haven Hospital (2013)


  • Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatric Medicine) (2016)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Amjad H, Roth DL, Samus QM, Yasar S, Wolff JL. Potentially unsafe activities and living conditions in older adults with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016; 64(6):1223-1232

Amjad H, Austin AM, Carmichael D, Chang CH, Bynum, JPW. Continuity of Care and Healthcare Utilization in Older Adults with Dementia in Fee-for-Service Medicare. JAMA Intern Med. 2016; 176(9): 1371–1378

Amjad H, Roth DL, Sheehan OC, Lyketsos CG, Wolff, JL, Samus QM. Underdiagnosis of dementia: an observational study of patterns in diagnosis and awareness in U.S. older adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2018; 33(7):1131-1138

Amjad H, Samus QM, Huang J, Gundavarpu S, Bynum JPW, Wolff JL, Roth DL. Acute care utilization risk among older adults living undiagnosed or unaware of dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc 2022. Epub ahead of print.

Amjad H, Mulcahy J, Kasper JD, Burgdorf J, Roth DL, Covinsky, K, Wolff JL. Do caregiving factors affect hospitalization risk among disabled older adults? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021; 69(1):129-139.

Activities & Honors


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2008
  • Samuel D. Kushlan Award, for the medical intern contributing most to patient care, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 2010
  • First Prize, "Better Caregiving, Better Lives" Story Contest, John A. Hartford Foundation, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Mentored Career Development Award (KL2), NIH/NCATS, 2016 - 2019
  • Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2017
  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award, NIH/NIA, 2017 - 2021
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2019
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), NIH/NIA, 2020


  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment
  • Maryland Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, 2019 - 2024

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

  • Doyle K. Older adults with probable dementia often take part in unsafe activities. Reuters, June 3, 2016
  • Many people who have dementia don’t know it. Here’s who’s most at risk, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 23, 2018
  • With cognitive impairment, older adults struggle with — and face risks from — smartphones, computers. Washington Post, (October 13, 2019)
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