About

 

What is hypertension and why we care

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke, and it causes other severe health conditions as well, such as peripheral vascular disease, renal impairments, retinal hemorrhage and visual impairment.   More than 10 million individuals die worldwide every year due to hypertension — this is over 12% of all deaths!  Almost one out of three adults in the world has hypertension.  Despite the fact that there are several effective, low cost, low risk treatments for hypertension, less than 15% of the people who have hypertension have it under control.  This can be due to a person being unaware of their condition (hypertension has no symptoms), maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle, not having access to medications, or being unable to afford them, or simply forgetting to take their medicines.

What we do

We are a diverse group of doctors, scientists, nutritionists and advocates who seek to improve the worldwide situation related to hypertension.  We hope to provide research evidence that can influence policy and practice that improves hypertension screening, diagnosis and management.  We hope to increase awareness of this condition and its treatment options in individuals, as well as for healthcare providers and those people in power positions within governments who can help institute policies that will reduce the burden of hypertension across the globe.

Who we are

Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH

Dr. Appel is Professor of Medicine with Joint Appointments in Epidemiology, International Health, and Nursing at Johns Hopkins. He is also the Director of the Welch Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Clinical Research. His research has focused on preventing and controlling hypertension and its cardiovascular-kidney consequences.

Tammy Brady, MD, PhD

Dr. Tammy Brady is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in pediatric hypertension and serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Hypertension Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In this role she also serves as the Medical Director of the ReNEW clinic, a multidisciplinary pediatric obesity hypertension clinic.

Jeanne B. Charleston, PhD

Dr. Charleston is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine.

Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PHD, MHS, RN, FAHA, FPCNA

Dr. Commodore-Mensah is a cardiovascular nurse epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her research seeks to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease risk among Africans locally (United States) and globally (sub-Saharan Africa) through community-engaged research. 

Arlene Dalcin, RD

Ms. Dalcin is Research Associate in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. She is an experienced lifestyle interventionist who is adept at developing, tailoring, and testing practical, patient-oriented strategies to accomplish lifestyle change, particularly sodium reduction and weight control. She has a strong interest in health behavior modification and the social determinants of health.

Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb, PhD, RN

Dr. Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb is Associate Professor of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as a clinician, researcher and nurse educator at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her research focuses on patient safety and cardiovascular care.

Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Anbrasi Edward is Associate Scientist in the Department of International Health and a member of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies and the Center for Global Health. She has been involved in projects on health systems research and evaluation, including conducting performance assessments, training on quality management and community based research, primarily in Low and Middle Income economies.

Raquel Greer, MD, MHS

Dr. Raquel Greer is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core member of the Welch Center. Her areas of clinical expertise include general internal medicine and primary care management of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Megan Henry, MS, PhD

Dr. Henry is Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Henry has a background in nutritional anthropology, and has worked on a variety international health projects including improving infant and young child feeding through the Bill & Melinda Gates-funded Alive & Thrive Initiative in Vietnam, and evaluating nutrition indicators for the USAID-funded Demographic and...

Junishi Ishigama

Dr Ishigama is Assistant Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is a trained nephrologist and epidemiologist.  His research focuses on the intersection between the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

Matti Marklund, PhD

 Dr. Marklund is a Research Fellow in the Vascular Metabolic Group at The George Institute for Global Health. He completed postdoctoral training at the Department for Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Uppsala University, Sweden. He has extensive knowledge on research design, statistical analysis and scientific writing.

Kunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD

Dr. Matsushita is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and a member of the Welch Center. He is a certified cardiologist of Japan and has expertise in risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and in applying epidemiological methods to create an evidence base to improve the treatment and prevention of CVD and its risk factors.

Edgar R. Miller, III, MD, PhD

Dr. Miller is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with a joint appointment in Epidemiology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is also a core faculty member of the Welch Center. His areas of clinical expertise include hypertension and internal medicine. He is an expert in non-pharmacological and pharmacologic therapies for hypertension.

Dinesh Neupane, PhD

Dr. Neupane will be Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, China. He has extensive experience in population-based surveys, cardiovascular disease prevention, cluster randomized trials, systematic reviews, and qualitative studies.

George Pariyo, MBChB, PhD

Dr. Pariyo is Senior Scientist in the Department of International Health and Director of the Health Systems Summer Institute. He has experience in mid-level health program management and evaluation, evidence synthesis, development of national health strategies, health policy and systems research, epidemiological research, implementation research, analysis and support of international programs.  

Kristin Riekert, PhD

Dr. Kristin Riekert is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine She is leading intervention trials focused on improving adherence and health outcomes in cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease and secondhand smoke reduction.

Carol Resnick, BA

Ms. Resnick is Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She has supported multiple faculty members on a variety of research projects.  She has organized community and faculty advisory boards, been project manager of community based research projects, and manager for multiple large federal and non-federal grants.

Nicole A. Shilkofski, MD, MEd

 Dr. Shilkofsky is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Her areas of clinical expertise include pediatric critical care medicine.  In addition to her work at Johns Hopkins, she is also vice dean for Education at Purdana University Graduate School of Medicine in Malaysia.

Steve Tamplin, MSE

Mr. Tamplin is Associate Scientist in the Department of Health Behavior and Society. His effort is primarily focused on tobacco control through the Center for Global Health and the Institute for Global Tobacco Control.  He is an experienced professional in tobacco control, environmental health and environmental engineering, and currently oversees leadership and research capacity building efforts at the Institute for Global Tobacco Control.

Di Zhao, MHS, PhD

Dr. Zhao is Research Associate in the department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg of Public Health. Her work has been focused on glaucoma screening, and gender differences in cardiovascular disease. She also developed novel algorithms for glaucoma screening and organizing a large-scale glaucoma screening campaign in local communities in the Baltimore area.

Outside Collaborators

Lyn Steffen, PhD, MPH, RD

Dr. Steffen is Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She has expertise in nutrition epidemiology and cardiovascular disease epidemiology. Her research focuses on diet assessment, diet patterns, and cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, the Coronary Artery Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study and the Multi-Ethnic Study in Atherosclerosis (MESA). Recently, she completed a landmark study on dietary sources of sodium in the US.

Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH

Dr. Anderson is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention Center of Excellence, as well as the Health Behavior Changes in Underserved and Vulnerable Populations Center of Excellence. Her research focuses on nutrition and chronic disease prevention, as well as cardiovascular disease epidemiology.

Other Contributors

Todd Joseph “Joey” Mattingly II, PharmD, MB, PhD, Univerity of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Ning Ding, Research Data Analyst, Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Olive Tang, PhD student, Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Minghao Kou, MHS student, Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Yumin Gao, PhD student, Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health