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Alicia Ines Arbaje, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

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Director of Transitional Care Research

Associate Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Research Interests: Designing healthcare systems to enhance safety and improve outcomes for older adults.


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

5200 Eastern Ave.
The Center for Transformative Geriatric Research, Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower, Floor 7
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-8677
Fax: 410-550-8701


Dr. Alicia Arbaje is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include general internal medicine and geriatric medicine, with a particular interest in helping older adults stay at home as they age and working with a team to coordinate care for her older patients. 

Dr. Arbaje serves as the Director of Transitional Care Research at Johns Hopkins.

After receiving her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a masters degree in public health from Harvard University, Dr. Arbaje completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She performed fellowships in health care research and geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins. 

Her research interests include designing health care systems to enhance safety and improve outcomes for older adults.

Dr. Arbaje is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. At Johns Hopkins, she was a founding member of the Hopkins Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA) and is a member of the Department of Medicine Diversity Council. Dr. Arbaje is active in speaking to the media about issues relevant to older adults (see her YouTube channel). She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Top 10 Doctors Under 40 by the Baltimore Sun Magazine and the American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award. more


  • Director of Transitional Care Research
  • Associate Professor of Medicine



  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine (2000)


  • Yale-New Haven Hospital / Internal Medicine (2003)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Medicine (2005)
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (2007)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (2008)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2003)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Arbaje's research interests include designing health care systems to enhance safety and improve outcomes for older adults.

Lab Website: Alicia Arbaje Lab

Selected Publications

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Arbaje AI, Yu Q, Newhall KA, Leff B. Prevalence, Geographic Variation, and Trends in Hospital Services Relevant to the Care of Older Adults: Development of the Senior Care Services Scale and Examination of Measurement Properties. Med Care 2015; (53): 768–775

Nasarwanji MF, Werner NE, Carl K, Hohl D, Leff B, Gurses AP, Arbaje AI. Identifying Challenges associated with the Hospital to Skilled Home Healthcare Transition Workflow: Perspectives of Home Healthcare Agency Providers. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2015 Jul-Dec; 34(3-4):185-203; Epub 2015 Oct 23

Arbaje AI, Werner NE, Kasda EM, Wu AW, Locke CFS, Aboumatar H, Paine LA, Leff B, Davis RO, Boonyasai RT. Learning from Lawsuits: Using Malpractice Claims Data to Develop Care Transitions Planning Tools. J Patient Saf. 2016 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Werner NE, Gurses AP, Leff B, Arbaje AI. Improving Care Transitions across Healthcare Settings through a Human Factors Approach. J Healthc Qual 2016 Jul 14

Lindquist LA, Miller RK, Saltsman WS, Carnahan J, Rowe TA, Arbaje AI, Werner N, Boockvar K, Steinberg K, Baharlou S. SGIM-AMDA-AGS Consensus Best Practice Recommendations for Transitioning Patients from Skilled Nursing Facilities to the Community. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Oct 4

Activities & Honors


  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas, 1994
  • Fellow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development, Kansas Health Foundation, 1994
  • Rhodes Scholar National Finalist, University of Kansas, 1996
  • Yale Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholar in International Health, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Yale, University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Fellow Grantmakers in Aging Fellow, 2005
  • New Investigator Award for Outstanding Research in Geriatrics, American Geriatrics Society, 2008
  • Catch a Shining Star Award, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 2010
  • Emerging Women’s Leadership Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Women in Science and Medicine, 2011
  • Nursing Nurse Competence in Aging Writer’s Award, MEDSURG, 2012
  • Armstrong Scholar in Patient Safety, 2012
  • Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation, 2012
  • Alumni Honorary Medal, University of Kansas Honors Program, 2012
  • Top 10 Doctors Under 40, Baltimore Region, Baltimore Sun Magazine, 2010


  • Academy Health, 2004
  • American Geriatrics Society, 2004
  • American Geriatrics Society Public Education Committee, 2012
  • Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine, 2000
  • Diversity Council, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Mosaic Initiative to Enhance Diversity, 2010
  • Gerontological Society of America, 2005
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety, 2012
    Advisory Board
  • Hopkins Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), 2009
    Founding Member
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, 2004

Videos & Media

Aging Well | Q&A

Lectures and Presentations

  • The Effects of Self-Management and Home Help on Medicare Beneficiaries Use of Hospitals: Insights into Issues of Transitional Care
    Lipitz Center Research Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (01/01/2005)
  • Creating a Geriatrics Center of Gravity around Hospitalized Older Adults: The Geriatric Floating Interdisciplinary Transitions Team
    Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Baltimore, Maryland (10/01/2008)
  • Measures to Rate the Quality of Care Transitions and Impact Re-Admissions: Lessons from Research
    Annual World Health Care Congress Leadership Summit on Hospital Re-Admissions: Best Practices for Implementing Transitional Care Models, National Harbor, Maryland (01/01/2010)
  • Across the Health Care System: Practical Approaches to Better Transitions for Older Adults
    30th Annual Aspirus Health System Primary Care Symposium Featuring Topics in Geriatrics, Wausau, Wisconsin (09/01/2010)
  • Guided Care: a Model of Health Care for Older People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
    American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians 34th Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference, San Antonio, Texas (11/01/2011)
  • Navigating Older Adults Transitions from Hospital to Home: Practical Steps for Homecare Providers
    Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (11/01/2011)
  • Polypharmacy: Strategies for Managing Medications in your Older Patients
    27th Semi-Annual Geriatric Symposium, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium, Atlanta, GA (04/01/2012)
  • Preparing for Fellowship: Options for those interested in public health, policy, and leadership
    National Hispanic Medical Association 16th Annual Conference, Speaker (04/01/2013)
  • Transitional Care 2.0: Broader Approaches to Improving Care Transitions of Older Adults After Hospital Discharge
    Welch Center Grand Rounds, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland (04/01/2013)
  • Successful agers enjoy life to the fullest (02/20/2013)
  • College towns doubling as retirement communities (02/21/2013)

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