Shaista Urooj Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Urdu


Geriatric Medicine


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Dr. Shaista Ahmed is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise include internal medicine and geriatric medicine; her main interest is in improving the outcome of older adults who get admitted to the hospitals with geriatric syndromes, with focus on safe discharges, and avoidance of iatrogenic complications, through teaching and collaboration both locally and internationally.

Dr. Ahmed earned her medical degree from People Medical College, Pakistan. She completed her internal medicine residency from Oklahoma State University- Tulsa Campus, and MPH degree from Emory University. She joined Johns Hopkins Geriatrics fellowship program in 2017 and completed two year training on clinician-educator track.

She joined geriatric division after completing fellowship as clinical associate in July 2019 and later transitioned to assistant professor in July 2021. In this new role, she helped establish the geriatric cognitive-behavioral service for inpatient and geriatric emergency department consult service. She is serving as the geriatric–liaison for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)’s Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation application from our hospital. She is working closely with the emergency department (ED) faculty to develop standardized tools and protocols for the care of older adults who often present to the ED with complex medical conditions in order to meet all the requirements for this certification.

Prior to joining the division of geriatrics as a geriatric fellow, Dr. Ahmed acquired clinical and leadership experience in internal medicine while working in three different states in the US and internationally in the United Arab Emirates. During that time, Dr. Ahmed has served as clinic director for an internal medicine practice, providing primary care and hospital follow-up for patients primarily discharged from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also served as Director of Admission and Transfer Center at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (2011-2017); in this role, she supervised all patient transfers from different parts of the UAE and borders of Oman and other Gulf countries. She also served as Associate Program Director of the internal medicine residency program (2012-2017) at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. In this role, Dr. Ahmed helped the program successfully attain ACGME-International accreditation.

Her current research interest is to improve delirium management in the inpatient setting by redesigning training module for the health care workers providing care of older adults with delirium or other neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) of dementia and related disorders in the inpatient setting. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MBBS; Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences for Women (1992)


  • Internal Medicine; Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (1995)
  • Internal Medicine; University of Oklahoma College of Medicine - Tulsa (2001)


  • Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2019)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatric Medicine) (2018)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2001)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Shaista Ahmed, Matthew McNabney, Jeremy Barron, Qian-Li Xue. “Frail” is More Than a Descriptor for Patients Enrolled in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Annals of Long-term Care 2020; doi:10.25270/altc.2020.6.0000 Shaista Ahmed, Matthew McNabney, Jeremy Barron, Qian-Li Xue. “Frail” is More Than a Descriptor for Patients Enrolled in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Annals of Long-term Care 2020; doi:10.25270/altc.2020.6.00004

Shaista Ahmed, Burke B, McGuire M, Massare J, Boyd CM, Pollack CE, Lentz C, Schoenborn NL. A novel curriculum on using life expectancy to inform cancer screening in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2021; 69:524-529

Shaista U Ahmed, Moazzam Zaidi. Factors Affecting Length of Hospital Stay for Older Adults in United Arab Emirates, Emirates Medical Journal 2009; 27(3):13-20

Majid Alameri, Shaista Ahmed, Mohamed Al Marzooqi. Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion as a First Clinical Manifestation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research; 2016;11(3): 1-5, Article no. BJMMR.21490; ISSN: 2231-0614, NLM ID: 101570965

Shaista U Ahmed, Ayobami Akenroye, Matthew McNabney. Angioedema, an uncommon side effect of ACE- inhibitor use. Archive of Gerontology and Geriatrics Research 2018; 3(1): 001-003

Contact for Research Inquiries

Mason F Lord Building Center Tower
5200 Eastern Ave
Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Activities & Honors


  • American Geriatric Association


  • American College of Physicians


  • ACP Maryland Chapter Diversity Committee

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Talking with older patients about winter hazards, CLOSLER January 26, 2022

Advising patients about heat-related illness, CLOSLER (September 9, 2021)

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