Smita Jha, M.B.B.S.

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Specializes in: Adults (18+ years)


Languages: English, Hindi

Research Interests

metabolic bone diseases; genetics; adrenal diseases; diabetes more


Suburban Hospital

8600 Old Georgetown Road
4th Floor Hospitalist Office
Bethesda, MD 20814 map
Phone: 301-896-7500 | Fax: 301-896-2393


Dr. Jha is an endocrinologist with the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Suburban Hospital. She completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the National Institutes of Health with a research focus on disorders of bone and mineral metabolism primarily parathyroid diseases. 

She has authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has over 200 citations. She presents regularly at scientific conferences and was awarded the NIH Group Merit Award and the NICHD Collaboration Award for her work. She is also a recipient of the Helmsley Charitable Trust Abstract Award by Endocrine Society for her work on inpatient management of diabetes and its complications. Her article on relative decline in the use of anti-osteoporosis drugs, published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Article of the Year Award by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching and serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals. more



  • MBBS; Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (2007)


  • Internal Medicine; Life Care Medical & Maternity Center (2007)
  • Internal Medicine; North Shore Medical Center (2012)


  • Reproductive Endocrinology; National Institutes of Health (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism) (2016)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Jha S, Turcu A, Sinaii N, Brookner B, Auchus RJ, Merke DP. 11-Oxygenated Androgens Useful in the Setting of Discrepant Conventional Biomarkers in 21-Hydroxylase Deficiency, Journal of Endocrine Society 2021; 5 (2): bvaa192, PMID: 33447690

Kang H*, Jha S*, Ivovic A*, Fratzl-Zelman Nadja, Deng Z, Mitra A, Cabral WA, Hanson EP, Lange E, Katz J, Roschger P, Klaushofer K, Dale RK, Siegel RM, Bhattacharyya T, Marini JC. Somatic SMAD3 activating mutations cause melorheostosis by upregulating the TGF-β/ SMAD pathway, Journal of Experimental Medicine, 2020: 217(5). PMID: 32232430

Jha S*, Sinaii N*, McGlotten RN, Nieman LK. Remission of hypertension after surgical cure of Cushing’s Syndrome, Clin Endo, 2020; 92(2):124-130. PMID: 31721265

Kang H*, Jha S*, Deng Z*, Fratzl-Zelman N, Cabral WA, Ivovic A, Meylan F, Hanson EP, Lange E, Katz J, Roschger P, Klaushofer K, Siegel R#, Marini JC#, Bhattacharyya T#. Somatic Activating Mutations in MAP2K1 Cause Melorheostosis” Nature Communications 9(1): 1390, 2018. PMID: 29643386

Jha S, Wang Z, Laucis N, Bhattacharyya T. Trends in Media Reports, Oral Bisphosphonate Prescriptions, and Hip Fractures 1996-2012: An Ecological Analysis; Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 2015; 30(12): 2179-2187. PMID: 26018247

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow Travel Grant, American Diabetes Association Fellows Forum on Metabolic Bone Diseases, Endocrine Fellows Foundation, 2014
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust Abstract Award in Diabetes, Endocrine Society, 2014
  • Fellow Travel Grant, Endocrine Fellows Foundation Research Meeting, Endocrine Fellows Foundation, 2015
  • Letter of Honorable Mention, Outstanding Article of the Year, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015
  • Invited to compete in the Presidential Poster Competition for a first-authored top-scoring abstract, Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Fellow Travel Grant, Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, Endocrine Society, 2017
  • Fellow Travel Grant, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting, Endocrine Fellows Foundation, 2017
  • Fellow Travel Grant, Santa Fe Bone Symposium, Endocrine Society, 2017
  • NIH Group Merit Award, 2018
  • NICHD Collaboration Award, 2018


  • Endocrine Society
  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • Women in Endocrinology

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Following Media Reports of Safety Concerns, Use of Osteoporosis Drugs Down, Science 2.0 (June 18, 2015)

Bisphosphonates use drop after media reports of safety concerns, Healio (June 18, 2015)

Did reports of side-effects contribute to drop in bone drug use?, Reuters (July 20, 2015)

More Support for Osteoporosis Drugs, Wall Street Journal (February 15, 2016)

Fearing Drug's Rare Side Effects, Millions Take Their Chances With Osteoporosis, New York Times (June 1, 2016) 

Experts streamline guidelines for treating osteoporosis, CNN (May 8, 2017)

Scientists uncover cause of disease that makes bones “drip like candle wax”, Newsweek (April 12, 2018)

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