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Jessica Leigh Colburn, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Geriatric Medicine

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Primary care partnerships with older adults and their caregivers more

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Dr. Jessica Colburn is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise is geriatric medicine. 

She earned her M.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and performed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins.  

Dr. Colburn’s clinical research in primary care partnerships with older adults and their caregivers.

She is the principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center and Consortium, a major educational initiative in geriatrics at Johns Hopkins, designed to provide broad-based education in geriatric medicine to health professionals throughout Maryland. In addition, Dr. Colburn is the director of the Johns Hopkins Topics in Geriatric Medicine Course; she teaches a course in geriatrics for physician assistant students at Anne Arundel Community College; leads the Life Cycle-Aging Longitudinal Strand course for all medical students; and precepts and mentors students, residents and fellows.  

In 2015, she was recognized with the Lisa J. Heiser Award for Junior Faculty Contribution in Education from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education. She, along with her colleagues John Burton, M.D., and Jan Marks, R.N., M.S., won a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to focus on improving geriatric primary care through inter-professional geriatrics education. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2005)


  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2008)


  • Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatric Medicine) (2011)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Colburn, JL, Jasinski DR, Rastegar DA. "Long-term opioid therapy, aberrant behaviors, and substance misuse: Comparison of patients treated by resident and attending physicians in a general internal medicine clinic." J Opioid Manag. 2012 May-Jun;8(3):153-60

Colburn JL, Mohanty S, Burton JR.  Surgical guidelines for perioperative management of older adults: What the geriatrician needs to know. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(6):1339-1346

Colburn JL, Nothelle S. The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Clin Geriatr Med. 2018; 34(1):1-10

Foley KT, Farrell TW, Salzman B, Colburn JL, Kumar C, Rottman-Sagebiel R, Wagner LM, Abrams J, Chang A. Learning to Lead: Reflections from the Tideswell-AGS-ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program Scholars. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Mar;67(3):434-46

Colburn JL, Leff B, Hayashi J, Schuchman M, editors. Home-Based Medical Care for Older Adults: A Clinical Case Book. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2019

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Johns Hopkins Topics in Geriatric Medicine Course

Activities & Honors


  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins Bayview Residency Program, 2020
  • Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Inductee, 2019
  • American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year, 2016
  • Tideswell, AGS, and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program, 2015
  • Lisa J. Heiser Award for Junior Faculty Contribution in Education, Institute for Excellence in Education, 2015
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