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Daumit to Step Down as Vice Chair for Clinical & Translational Research

We are in search of our next vice chair for clinical and translational research. Dr. Gail Daumit will step down to become vice dean for clinical investigation.

We’d like to express our gratitude to Dr. Daumit for the important work she has done to guide our strategic efforts related to research in partnership with the School of Medicine and the broader Johns Hopkins University community over the past two years.

If you are interested in applying, please see the request for applications here.

Applications should be submitted by Friday, July 16.

Gail L. Daumit Named Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation

The below announcement was sent via email to JHM:

We are delighted to announce that Gail L. Daumit, M.D., M.H.S., has been named vice dean for clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a professor in the departments of medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences, as well as the Samsung Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University.

In her new position, Dr. Daumit will succeed Dan Ford, who served ably in this role for more than 15 years. We want to again thank Dan for his years of exceptional service as vice dean.

Dr. Daumit earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, her medical degree at Emory University and her Master of Health Science in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital, and joined Johns Hopkins in 1996 as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and general internal medicine fellow. During her career here, Dr. Daumit has served in a number of important roles, and has built a strong reputation across the institution as a dedicated and thoughtful clinician and researcher, a caring educator and mentor, and a dynamic and collaborative leader.

Dr. Daumit has been the associate director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research and the research director of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She is a member and former co-chair of an institutional review board committee, and leads the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research K-to-R Transition Program. She is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Council and vice chair of clinical and translational research for the Department of Medicine, where she helped lead planning and implementation of the reopening of research during the pandemic.

Dr. Daumit’s research has focused on developing innovative ways to improve the physical health of people with mental illness through descriptive epidemiology, health services research, clinical trials and implementation science. She has obtained continuous NIH funding for this work since 2000, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Her behavioral weight loss intervention trial in persons with serious mental illness, ACHIEVE, won the Society for Clinical Trials Trial of the Year Award. Dr. Daumit participated in the World Health Organization Guideline Development Group to address physical health conditions in serious mental illnesses. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Psychiatric Services and Implementation Research and Practice. She is a past recipient of the David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Department of Medicine, and has been selected for the 2021 National Alliance on Mental Illness Scientific Research Award.

As vice dean, Dr. Daumit will be the Designated Institutional Official for oversight of our human subjects research program.   Among the opportunities that Dr. Daumit will pursue will be to assess our programs through a customer lens in order to identify and address potential barriers for our patients and investigators to participate in clinical research.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Daumit on her well-deserved appointment as vice dean for clinical investigation.

-Paul B. Rothman, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty, CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine

-Landon S. King, MD, Executive Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Kelsey Bennett