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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Established 1893
Type Private
Endowment US$ 1.9 Billion [1]
Dean Edward D. Miller
Faculty 3,697 [2]
Students 1,240 (482 MD and 758 PhD) [2]
Location Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Campus Urban
The JHMI Campus Logo

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHUSOM), located in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University.



The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is located in the East Baltimore campus of Johns Hopkins University together with the the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. Known collectively as the "Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions" (JHMI) Campus,[3] it comprises several city blocks, radiating outwards from the Billings building of the Johns Hopkins Hospital with its historic dome.

The School of Medicine is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, its major teaching hospital, as well as several other community sites, including the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Sinai Hospital, Howard County General Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Together they form an academic health science center.

Ranking and reputation

According to U.S. News and World Report, Johns Hopkins and Harvard have consistently been the top two medical research schools in the nation, rotating into the top spot periodically.[4] For years, Johns Hopkins has been the nation's top medical school in the amount of competitive research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Its major teaching hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been ranked as the best hospital in the United States every year since 1992 by U.S. News and World Report[5]

The School has served as the model for most American medical schools since its founding in 1893.[6] It was the first medical school to require its students to have an undergraduate degree and was also the first graduate-level medical school to admit women on an equal basis as men. Mary E. Garrett, head of the Women's Medical School Fund, was a driving force behind both of these firsts. In addition, Sir William Osler, the first professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and the physician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital was responsible for establishing the residency system of postgraduate medical training, where young physicians were required to "reside" within the hospital to better care for their patients.

In 1998 Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre (JHS) was established as the base of the school's medical operations in South East Asia. JHS has a tripartite mission of research, education and patient care, integrating basic translational and clinical research components.[7]

The colleges

Upon matriculation, medical students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are divided into four Colleges named after famous Hopkins faculty members who have had a major impact in the history of medicine (Florence Sabin, Vivien Thomas, Daniel Nathans and Helen Taussig). The Colleges were established to "foster camaraderie, networking, advising, mentoring, professionalism, clinical skills, and scholarship."[8] Students are assigned to faculty advisors within their colleges. Each advisor has a group of five students from each of the four years. They instruct these same five students in 'Clinical Skills', a core first-year course, and continue advising them throughout their 4 years of medical school. Every year, the Colleges compete in the “Colleges Bowl”.


The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is led by Ronald J. Daniels, the president of the Johns Hopkins University, Edward D. Miller, CEO and dean of the medical faculty, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and health system. The CFO of Johns Hopkins Medicine is Richard A. Grossi, who is also the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. A board of over 50 members is chaired by former AT&T chairman C. Michael Armstrong,[9] and the board of advisors is co-chaired by Lenox D. Baker and David C. Hodgson.[10]

Vice deans preside over specific administrative task areas. The vice deans are: William A Baumgartner, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs; Janice E. Clements, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs; Chi Dang, Vice Dean for Research; Daniel E. Ford, Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation; David G. Nichols, Vice Dean for Education; and David Hellmann, Vice Dean for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The dean's office also includes over twenty administrators in the position of associate or assistant dean.[11]

Nobel laureates

Eighteen Nobel laureates associated with JHUSOM as alumni and faculty have won the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Chemistry.[12]

Notable past and present faculty

In popular culture

  • In the Fox television program House, MD, Dr. Gregory House is a world-famous diagnostician who attended Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate degree and, later, medicine, but was expelled for cheating.[13] Neurologist Dr. Eric Foreman also attended Hopkins.
  • In the TV comedy/drama Gilmore Girls the school is mentioned as one of the medical schools the character of Paris Geller wants to get accepted to, and eventually is.
  • In the TV drama Grey's Anatomy, two of the cardiothoracic surgeons Preston Burke and Erica Hahn graduated from Hopkins Med, coming first and second in their class respectively.
  • In the TV drama Private Practice the character of Charlotte King is a graduate of Hopkins Med.
  • In The Simpsons, Julius Hibbert is a family physician who graduated from Hopkins Med.
  • Dr Hannibal Lecter, from The Silence of the Lambs and other books, completed his residency training at Hopkins Hospital.
  • The character of Alex Cross created by author James Patterson is a graduate of Hopkins Med.
  • In The West Wing, President Bartlet's middle daughter Ellie is a student at Hopkins Med.
  • Johns Hopkins is mentioned many times in Tom Clancy's novels: Jack Ryan's wife, Cathy, is an ophthalmology professor there.
  • The ABC documentary Hopkins takes a look at the life of the medical staff and students of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System [14] This new series is a sequel to the 2000 ABC Series Hopkins 24/7. Both "Hopkins" and "Hopkins 24/7" were awarded the prestigious Peabody Award.[15]
  • Butters, from South Park, gets sent to Johns Hopkins Hospital for scientific study. [16]
  • Movie Something The Lord Made is the story of two men - an ambitious white surgeon, head of surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a gifted black carpenter turned lab technician - who defied the racial strictures of the Jim Crow South and together pioneered the field of heart surgery.[17]
  • Dr. Cox from the TV series Scrubs attended Johns Hopkins.
  • Melanie Barnett from the TV series The Game always discusses how she gave up Johns Hopkins for professional football player boyfriend Derwin.


  1. ^ "Financial Statement".  
  2. ^ a b "Hopkins Pocket Guide 2007".  
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  4. ^ U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Medical Schools in the United States
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  6. ^ Ludmerer, Kenneth. The Development of American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care . Accessed July 8, 2007
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  9. ^ Johns Hopkins Medicine Leadership and Board, 2008-2009
  10. ^ Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Advisors, 2008-2009
  11. ^ Johns Hopkins Medicine deans 2008-2009
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  13. ^ "Dr. House Bio".  
  14. ^ "ABC Hopkins".  
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