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Bimal H Ashar, M.B.A., M.D.

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  • Clinical Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Executive Health, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine

Research Interests

Preventive medicine; Complementary and alternative medicine; Medical education

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Dr. Bimal H. Ashar is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the clinical director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, director of the Executive & Preventive Health Program and co-director of the Advanced Clerkship in Medicine

Named one of the “Best Doctors in America” and board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Ashar’s primary research interests include preventive medicine, dietary supplements and medical education, and he has authored numerous book chapters and articles on these topics. Dr. Ashar is also an editor of The Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Board Review book, which is in its fourth edition.

Dr. Ashar is an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and has served as president for the mid-Atlantic region. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Ashar is very involved in medical education. He serves as an adviser and mentor for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Colleges Program and is a member of the medical school's admissions committee.

He obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. He subsequently became chief resident and a faculty member at Case Western. Dr. Ashar left Cleveland in 1998 and joined the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Clinical Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Executive and Preventive Health Program
  • Co-Director, Advanced Medicine Clerkship
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine (1992)


  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center / Internal Medicine (1995)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1996)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Ashar BH, Miller RG, Getz KJ, Pichard CP. A critical evaluation of internet marketing of products that contain ephedra. Mayo Clin Proc 2003;78:944-946.

Ashar BH, Hughes MT, Marinopoulos SS, et al. Current evidence for the use of emerging technologies for disease screening. Am J Manag Care 2005;11:385-392.

Ashar BH, Rice TN, Sisson SD. Physicians understanding of the regulation of dietary supplements. Arch Int Med. 2007;167:966-69.

Ashar B, Levine R, Magaziner J, Shochet R, Wright S. An association between paying physician-teachers for their teaching efforts and an improved educational experience for learners. J Gen Intern Med 2007;22:1393-7.

Ashar BH, Miller RG, Pichard CP, Levine R, Wright SM. Patients understanding of the regulation of dietary supplements. J Community Health 2008;33:22-30.

Ashar BH, Rowland-Seymour A. Advising patients' who use dietary supplements. Am J Med 2008;121:91-97.

Ashar BH, Rice TN, Sisson SD. Medical Residents' Knowledge of Dietary Supplements. South Med J 2008;101:996-1000.

Ratanawongsa N, Thomas PA, Marinopoulos SS, Dorman T, Wilson LM, Ashar BH, Magaziner JL, Miller RG, Prokopowicz GP, Qayyum R, Bass EB. "The reported validity and reliability of methods for evaluating continuing medical education: a systematic review." Acad Med. 2008 Mar;83(3):274-83. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181637925. Review.

Reed DA, Levine RB, Miller RG, Ashar BH, Bass EB, Rice T, Cofrancesco J Jr. "Impact of duty hour regulations on medical students' education: views of key clinical faculty." J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jul;23(7):1084-9. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0532-1.

Kue P, Ashar B. Executive physicals. N Engl J Med. 2009;360(4):421-422.

Ashar BH. "The dietary supplement health and education act: time for a reassessment: comment on ‘acute selenium toxicity associated with a dietary supplement.’" Arch Intern Med. 2010 Feb 8;170(3):261-3. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2009.480. No abstract available.

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American College of Physicians


  • Society of General Internal Medicine

Professional Activities

  • President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Society of General Internal Medicine

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Young MDs Hazy on Dietary Supplements,” Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2007

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