Katherine Chang Chretien is Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs and Director of Medical Student Wellness. She is a general internal medicine physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins in these roles in 2021, Katherine was Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she served as a career advisory dean, oversaw the Office for Financial Aid and the Scholarly Concentration Program, and co-chaired the Dean's Wellness Committee. Katherine worked clinically as a hospitalist physician at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 18 years and was medicine clerkship site director for George Washington (10 years) and the first division chief for Hospital Medicine (2010-2016).
She served as President of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) from 2019-2020, and is on the Northeast Group of Student Affairs AAMC Steering Committee (Executive Committee 2017-2022; NEGSA Chair 2020-2021; Northeast Representative to the national Committee on Student Affairs 2022- ). She is the recipient of the Charles H. Griffith III Educational Research Award from CDIM and the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Students Association.
Katherine graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Osler Medical Residency. Her academic focus has been on social media in medicine, medical education, narrative medicine, and well-being. She is the editor of the book Mothers in Medicine: Career, Practice, and Life Lessons Learned (Springer, 2018) based on the group blog she founded in 2008 and author of the book I Wish I Read This Book Before Medical School (Peterson's, 2021). Katherine became a certified Life Coach in July 2023.