Samuel Christopher Durso, M.D., M.B.A.

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  • Jim and Patti Dresher and Dresher Foundation Professor
  • Professor of Medicine


Clinical Care of Older Adults, Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Consultation and Preventative Health, Geriatric Medicine, Health Services Research, Medical Education and Program Administration, Primary Care of Older Adults more

Research Interests

Education and health services research

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-0925
5505 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Beacham Center for Geriatric Medicine Geriatric Outpatient Services, Terrace Level 02
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Fax: 410-550-0182


Graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1978, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama Teaching Hospitals (1979 - 1981), Masters of Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2007.

Private practice of Internal Medicine in Columbia, SC until joining faculty in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in 1995. Clinical concentration on caring for older adults with complex health needs in the office and hospital settings. Academic concentration on teaching, program development in education and clinical care.

Roles in the Division included Fellowship Program Director (2003 - 2006), Clinical Director and Director of Education (2004 - 2008), Interim Director of the Division (2008 - 2009) and Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. 

In 2020 became Executive Vice Chair for the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, and 2021 Director of the Department of Medicine for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, both positions he holds currently. more


  • Jim and Patti Dresher and Dresher Foundation Professor
  • Executive Vice Chair, Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine
  • Director, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Baylor College of Medicine (1978)


  • Internal Medicine; UAB Hospital (1981)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1981)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Durso SC: The Season's End. On Being a Doctor, Ann Intern Med. 1998; 129: 158 – 60 (cited in the forward and selected for inclusion in On Being a Doctor 2: Voices of Physicians and Patients, 1999. Edited by Michael LaCombe)

Durso SC: Green Peace – A Piece of My Mind; JAMA online October 27, 2023

Durso SC: Trust. On Being a Patient. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2002; 137:1004 – 5 (selected for inclusion in On Being a Doctor 3: Voices of Physicians and Patients, 2007. Edited by Michael LaCombe).

Durso SC: A Piece of My Mind. A Survivor’s Way. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2002; 288(3): 287 – 8

Durso SC. Chekov on Epic. On Being a Doctor, Ann Intern Med. 2020 Sep 1;173(5):399-400

Contact for Research Inquiries

Mason F Lord Building
5200 Eastern Avenue
Mason F Lord Building
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Activities & Honors


  • Election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as undergraduate, Baylor College of Medicine, 1978
  • Clinician of the Year American Geriatrics Society, 1999
  • Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award for education, American Geriatrics Society, 2009
  • Annual Community Faculty Teaching Award, 2001
  • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award to Teaching Excellence, 2007
  • Mason F. Lord Professorship, 2010
  • Jim and Patti Dresher and Dresher Foundation Professor, 2023


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Geriatrics Society

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