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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

Female

Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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

Locations

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

Background

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. 

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Titles

  • Director of Transitional Care Research
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine (2000)

Residencies

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

Fellowships

  • 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

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
  • Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service, Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society, 2015 - 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University, 2016 - 2016
  • Provost Diversity Recognition Award, Diversity Leadership Council, Johns Hopkins University, 2016 - 2016

Memberships

  • Academy Health, 2004
  • American Geriatrics Society, 2004
  • American Geriatrics Society Public Education Committee, 2012
    Member
  • Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine, 2000
  • Diversity Council, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008
    Member
  • Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Mosaic Initiative to Enhance Diversity, 2010
    Member
  • 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
  • Wellpoint / Resolution Health, Inc., 2007

    Faculty Consultant

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2008 - 2009

    Member

  • The Gerontologist, 2009

    Journal reviewer

  • JHMI Readmissions Task Force, Subcommittee on Care Transitions, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

    Member

  • Work Group on Care Transitions, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2010 - 2011

    Member

  • Annual World Health Care Congress Leadership Summit on Hospital Re-Admissions, 2010 - 2013

    Chairperson

  • Physicians and Providers Advancing Care Transitions Initiative, American College of Physicians, 2011 - 2012

    Section author

  • International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 2012 - 2013

    Journal Reviewer

  • Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society, 2012 - 2013

    Member

  • Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2012 - 2013

    Journal Reviewer

  • Society for General Internal Medicine Work Group on Creating Best-Practices for Older Adults Transitioning from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Outpatient Primary Care, 2012

    Member

  • Healthcare Research and Training Study Section, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015 - 2017

    ad hoc Member

  • Healthcare Research and Training Study Section, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2017

    Standing Member

  • Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society, 2017

    Vice Chair

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
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50859012 (02/20/2013)
  • College towns doubling as retirement communities
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50880368 (02/21/2013)
  • Care Transitions in Older Adults
    Invited lecturer, Post-doctoral clinical and research fellows, Bayview Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Curriculum, Bayview (04/04/2014)
    Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, JHMI
  • Cultural Competence in End-of-Life Care
    Invited lecturer,, post-doctoral clinical and research fellows, Bayview Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Curriculum, Bayview (04/05/2015)
    Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
  • Measuring and Improving the Quality of Older Adults’ Transitions from the Hospital to Home Care
    Invited lecturer, Seminar, COAH Scientific Seminar, COAH (12/04/2017)
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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