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Halima Amjad, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
Female

Languages: English, Punjabi, Urdu

Expertise

Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Dementia, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Dementia; Dementia Care; Health Services

Locations

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

5200 Eastern Avenue
Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower, Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Background

Dr. Halima Amjad is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry, with a focus on individuals living with dementia. 

Dr. Amjad earned her M.D. and Master’s of Public Health from Drexel University. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2016.

She is certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Her research focuses on informing and improving the care of older adults with dementia with research into safety, undiagnosed dementia, health services and new models of care.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD MPH, Drexel University College of Medicine (2009)

Residencies

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital / Internal Medicine (2013)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Geriatric Medicine (2016)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Amjad H, Roth DL, Samus QM, Yasar S, Wolff JL. Potentially unsafe activities and living conditions in older adults with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016; 64(6):1223-1232

Amjad H, Austin AM, Carmichael D, Chang CH, Bynum, JPW. Continuity of Care and Healthcare Utilization in Older Adults with Dementia in Fee-for-Service Medicare. JAMA Intern Med. 2016; 176(9): 1371–1378

Amjad H, Roth DL, Sheehan OC, Lyketsos CG, Wolff, JL, Samus QM. Underdiagnosis of dementia: an observational study of patterns in diagnosis and awareness in U.S. older adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2018; 33(7):1131-1138

Amjad H, Snyder S, Wolff JL, Oh E, Samus QM. Before Hospice: Symptom Burden, Dementia, and Social Participation in the Last Year of Life. J Palliat Med 2019 Sep;22(9):1106-1114

Aufill J, Amjad H, Roter DL, Wolff JL. Discussion of memory during primary care visits of older adults with cognitive impairment and accompanying family. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019; 34(11):1605-1612

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2008
  • Samuel D. Kushlan Award, for the medical intern contributing most to patient care, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 2010
  • First Prize, "Better Caregiving, Better Lives" Story Contest, John A. Hartford Foundation, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Mentored Career Development Award (KL2), NIH/NCATS, 2016 - 2019
  • Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2017
  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award, NIH/NIA, 2017 - 2021
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2019
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), NIH/NIA, 2020

Memberships

  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment
  • Maryland Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, 2019 - 2024

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

  • Dementia caregiving: Returning to the village. The John A. Hartford Foundation, March 12, 2015
  • Doyle K. Older adults with probable dementia often take part in unsafe activities. Reuters, June 3, 2016
  • Many people who have dementia don’t know it. Here’s who’s most at risk, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 23, 2018
  • Solo Doctor Visits Affect Dementia Detection AARP (2018)
  • With cognitive impairment, older adults struggle with — and face risks from — smartphones, computers. Washington Post, (October 13, 2019)

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