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Jeffrey Alan Tornheim, M.D., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Background

Dr. Jeffrey Tornheim is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research explores the application of new diagnostic technologies to improved health outcomes in the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis among both adult and pediatric patients in India. 

He completed his infectious diseases fellowship at Johns Hopkins, during which he worked with Drs. Amita Gupta, Vidya Mave, Bob Bollinger of Johns Hopkins, and with Dr. Zarir Udwadia at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. His interest in clinical outcomes for underserved populations led him to practice in physician training environments in Bolivia, Peru, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and the United States.

Prior to his fellowship training, he completed residencies at Yale University in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He received an M.D./M.P.H. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, with his thesis evaluating the impact of water policy on rates of pediatric diarrhea in Bolivia. 

After completing undergraduate studies in international development and economics at Brandeis University, he moved to East Africa, where he engaged in health system strengthening for returning refugees to South Sudan and worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the epidemiology of pneumonia and diarrhea in Western Kenya. At the same time, he worked at the Bureau of TB Control for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and was actively engaged in the operations of an East Harlem free clinic. 

As a Fogarty International Clinical Scholar, Dr. Tornheim spent two years in rural Bolivia, establishing and managing operations for a Chagas Disease treatment program.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2010)

Residencies

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital / Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (2014)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Infectious Diseases (2017)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Infectious Disease (2016)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2014)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (2014)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Tornheim's research explores whether a combination of MDR-TB drug susceptibility tests using whole genome sequencing and minimum inhibitory concentrations can yield personalized treatment options for improved MDR-TB treatment outcomes.

Selected Publications

Ajbani K, Kazi M, Tornheim J, Naik S, Soman R, Shetty A, Rodrigues C. "Pyrosequencing to resolve discrepant Xpert MTB/RIF and Mycobacterial Growth Indicator Tube 960." Lung India. 2018 Mar-Apr;35(2):168-170. doi: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_71_17.

Tornheim JA, Dooley KE. "Tuberculosis associated with HIV infection." Microbiol Spectr. 2017 Jan;5(1). doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.TNMI7-0028-2016. Review.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • W. Leigh Thompson Excellence in Research: Clinical Research Faculty Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine, 2018
  • Fogarty International Clinical Scholar, National Institutes of Health, 2016 - 2017
  • Fellow Teaching Award, Hopkins Bayview Medical Housestaff Training Program

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Linezolid Experience Among MDR-TB Patients in Mumbai
    Presentation, 2018 Research Retreat, Baltimore, MD (03/16/2018)
    Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine
  • Linezolid Experience Among MDR-TB Patients in Mumbai
    Presentation, RePORT India Annual Meeting, New Delhi, India (02/15/2018)
  • Drug Susceptibility of Rifampin-resistant Tuberculosis using Whole Genome Sequencing to Identify Genes of Interest in Pune, India
    Presentation, RePORT India Annual Meeting, New Delhi, India (02/15/2018)
  • Drug Susceptibility of Rifampin-resistant Tuberculosis using Whole Genome Sequencing to Identify Genes of Interest in Pune, India
    Presentation, 48th Annual Union World Conference of Lung Health, Guadalajara, Mexico (10/12/2017)
  • Linezolid Experience among MDRTB Patients in Mumbai, ERS International Congress.
    Presentation, European Respiratory Society,, Milan, Italy (09/13/2017)
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