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Stephen Douglas Sisson, M.D.
Vice President, Clinical Operations, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians
Professor of Medicine
Expertise: Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Community outreach; Medical education; Ambulatory care
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Dr. Stephen D. Sisson is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Sisson’s area of clinical expertise is internal medicine.
He serves as the executive director of Ambulatory Services at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as director of the hospital’s Physician Education and Assessment Center (PEAC), formerly the Internet Learning Center for Medical Education. He is the Philip A. Tumulty Chair of Medicine.
Dr. Sisson holds a B.S. in chemistry from Duke University. He earned his M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha, with research honors) at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Johns Hopkins, serving as assistant chief of service for the Barker Firm. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1996.
He served for 15 years as the associate director of the Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program.
His research interests include community outreach, medical education and ambulatory care.
- Vice President, Clinical Operations, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians
- Director, Physician Education and Assessment Center (PEAC)
- Philip A. Tumulty Chair of Medicine
- Professor of Medicine
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Tufts University School of Medicine (1990)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1993)
Research & Publications
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Sisson SD, Bertram A, Yeh HC. "Concurrent validity between a shared curriculum, the internal medicine in-training examination, and the American Board of Internal Medicine certifying examination." J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Mar;7(1):42-7. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-14-00054.1.
Talwalkar JS, Satcher D, Turner TL, Sisson SD, Fenick AM. "Use of extramural ambulatory care curricula in postgraduate medical training." Perspect Med Educ. 2015 Apr;4(2):93-7. doi: 10.1007/s40037-015-0166-z.
Corriere MD, Minang LB, Sisson SD, Brancati FL, Kalyani RR. "The use of clinical guidelines highlights ongoing educational gaps in physicians' knowledge and decision making related to diabetes." BMC Med Educ. 2014 Sep 8;14:186. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-186.
Hernandez RG, Cowden JD, Moon M, Brands CK, Sisson SD, Thompson DA. "Predictors of resident satisfaction in caring for limited English proficient families: a multisite study." Acad Pediatr. 2014 Mar-Apr;14(2):173-80. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2013.12.002.
Yehia BR, Cronholm PF, Wilson N, Palmer SC, Sisson SD, Guilliames CE, Poll-Hunter NI, Sánchez JP. "Mentorship and pursuit of academic medicine careers: a mixed methods study of residents from diverse backgrounds." BMC Med Educ. 2014 Feb 9;14:26. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-26.
Thompson DA, Hernandez RG, Cowden JD, Sisson SD, Moon M. "Caring for patients with limited English proficiency: are residents prepared to use medical interpreters?" Acad Med. 2013 Oct;88(10):1485-92. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a3479d.
Hsu S, Ton VK, Dominique Ashen M, Martin SS, Gluckman TJ, Kohli P, Sisson SD, Blumenthal RS, Blaha MJ. "A clinician's guide to the ABCs of cardiovascular disease prevention: the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease and American College of Cardiology Cardiosource Approach to the Million Hearts Initiative." Clin Cardiol. 2013 Jul;36(7):383-93. doi: 10.1002/clc.22137. Epub 2013 May 13. Review.
Estrella MM, Sisson SD, Roth J, Choi MJ. "Efficacy of an internet-based tool for improving physician knowledge of chronic kidney disease: an observational study." BMC Nephrol. 2012 Sep 27;13:126. doi: 10.1186/1471-2369-13-126.
Dalal D, Brancati FL, Sisson SD. "Factors affecting learner satisfaction with an internet-based curriculum." South Med J. 2012 Aug;105(8):387-91. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31825d9abb.
Chang LW, Kadam DB, Sangle S, Narayanan S, Borse RT, McKenzie-White J, Bowen CW, Sisson SD, Bollinger RC. "Evaluation of a multimodal, distance learning HIV management course for clinical care providers in India." J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2012 Sep-Oct;11(5):277-82. Epub 2012 Jul 16.
Sisson SD, Rastegar DA, Hughes MT, Bertram AK, Yeh HC. Learner feedback and educational outcomes with an internet-based ambulatory curriculum: a qualitative and quantitative analysis. BMC Med Educ. 2012 Jul 12;12:55. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-12-55. PMID: 22788677
Patel HC, Sisson SD, Lauder NN. Wegener's granulomatosis in a patient with fever of unknown origin. Am J Med. 2012 Jul;125(7):e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.02.012. Epub 2012 May 8. No abstract available. PMID: 22571779
Taylor HA, Kass NE, Ali J, Sisson S, Bertram A, Bhan A. Development of a research ethics knowledge and analytical skills assessment tool. J Med Ethics. 2012 Apr;38(4):236-42. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100025. Epub 2011 Nov 3. PMID: 22052994
Rastegar DA, Bertram A, Sisson SD. Use of an internet-based curriculum to teach internal medicine residents about addiction. J Addict Med. 2010 Dec;4(4):233-5. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0b013e3181cc9fc7. PMID: 21769041
Aggarwal R, Gupte N, Kass N, Taylor H, Ali J, Bhan A, Aggarwal A, Sisson SD, Kanchanaraksa S, McKenzie-White J, McGready J, Miotti P, Bollinger RC. A comparison of online versus on-site training in health research methodology: a randomized study. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Jun 17;11:37. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-11-37. PMID: 21682858