Thought Leader, Care Redesign

Bruce Leff, MD

Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Leff is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. He is a geriatrician and the Director for the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research, Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins. His principal areas of research relate to innovative models of care for older adults, including the Hospital at Home (, Guided Care (, geriatric service line models (, and home-based primary care and palliative care. His research interests extend to issues related to quality of care measurement and improvement for home-based medical care, the care of people with multiple chronic conditions, guideline development, and case-mix issues. He recently co-chaired an Institute of Medicine workshop on the future of home health care and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Dr. Leff cares for patients in the acute, ambulatory, and home settings.  He directs the Medicine Clerkship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has received multiple awards for his teaching and mentorship. He is Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Specialty Board, a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Council, a board member and Past-President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, a board member of the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a member of the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Committee for the National Quality Form, Measure Application Partnership, and a former member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians. He also serves on the Clinical Advisory boards for Landmark Health and Honor and has consulted for Abt Associates.

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