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Laura Dawn Sander, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Medical Director, Community Outreach and Population Health

Languages: English, Mandarin


Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Primary Care, Public Health more


Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Sibley Memorial Hospital

Appointment Phone: 202-537-4400
5215 Loughboro Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016 map


Laura Sander, M.D., M.P.H., is the medical director for community outreach and population health for Sibley Primary Care at Sibley Memorial Hospital, as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Sander is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as public health and general preventive medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. 

Dr. Sander earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she completed a residency in internal medicine on the Primary Care and Global Health Track. She continued on to earn her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she completed a residency in general preventive medicine and served as chief resident. 

Dr. Sander previously served as the medical director for the Priority Access Primary Care Program for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Center. In this role, she developed an ambulatory intensive care program for Medicaid high-utilizer patients and iterated an innovative model for primary care with integrated behavioral health and social services, training residents and medical students in this model. In recognition for this work, Dr. Sander received the 2016 Johns Hopkins Medicine Innovations in Clinical Care Award. 

Dr. Sander currently volunteers as an internist for the Asian American Healthcare Center. Her previous work included projects related to primary care and public health, both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Sander is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association and the American Medical Association. more


  • Medical Director, Community Outreach and Population Health

Departments / Divisions

  • Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital



  • MD; University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2008)


  • Internal Medicine; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • Preventive Medicine; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2013)


  • Preventive Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Addiction Medicine (Addiction Medicine) (2018)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2011)
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine (Public Health & Gen Preventive Med) (2014)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Sander LD and Li ZP. (2015). “Primary Care in the United States: key principles undergoing reform.” Chin J Gen Pract, 14(9), 732-4. In Mandarin Chinese.

Sander LD, Holtzman D, Pauly M, & Cohn J. (2015). “Time savings – realized and potential – and fair compensation for community health workers in Kenyan health facilities: a mixed-method approach.” Human Resources for Health. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-13-6

Sander LD, Newell K, Ssebbowa P, Serwadda D, Quinn TC, Gray RH, Wawer MJ, Mondo G, & Reynolds S. (2014). “Hypertension, Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Anti-Hypertensive Medication Utilization among HIV-infected Individuals in Rakai, Uganda.” Tropical Medicine & International Health. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12443

Nwadiuko J, Sander LD. (2017). "Simplifying care: when is the treatment burden too much for patients living in poverty?" BMJ Qual Saf. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2017-006968.

Activities & Honors


  • Innovations in Clinical Care Award, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2016


  • American College of Physicians


  • American College of Preventive Medicine


  • American Public Health Association


  • American Medical Association


Videos & Media

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2016 Innovations in Clinical Care Award – Laura Sander, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

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