David Kern

David E. Kern, M.D., M.P.H.

David E. Kern, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor Emeritus

I love this division. It provides a collaborative, creative, supportive and challenging environment for career advancement and accomplishments. It is fun and full of wonderful colleagues/people.


I am Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. I was division co-director from 1985-2005, division director from 2005-11, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program for Clinician-Educators and director of its Programs in Curriculum Development from 1987-2013. My scholarship has focused on the psychosocial domain of medical practice, medical education and curriculum development.

I am married to a judge, have three adult children (a musician, a med-peds physician, and a research manager), and one grandchild. I enjoy jogging, biking, traveling, reading, writing, cooking and fine food, and spending time with family and friends.


  • Degrees
    • B.A. / Princeton University 1966

    • M.D. / Harvard University 1971

    • M.P.H / Johns Hopkins University 1978

  • Residencies
    • Internship, Internal Medicine / Presbyterian-St Luke’s, Rush 1971-72

    • Residency, Internal Medicine / Baltimore City Hospital (JHBMC) 1975-78

    • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine / Baltimore City Hospital 1978-79

  • Fellowships
    • RWJ Clinical Scholar Fellowship / Johns Hopkins 1976-78

  • Board Certifications
    • Board Certified in Internal Medicine / American Board of Internal Medicine, 1979

Scholarly Interests

Curriculum development, medical education, learning/work environment
Selected Publications
  • Thomas PA, Kern DE, Hughes MT, Chen BY, eds. Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-Step Approach. 3rd ed. Baltimore (MD): Johns Hopkins University Press; 2016.

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  • Windish DM, Gozu A, Bass EB, Thomas PA, Sisson SD, Howard DM, Kern DE*. A ten-month program in curriculum development for medical educators: 16 years of experience. J Gen Intern Med. 2007;22:655-61.

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  • Kern DE, Branch WT Jr., Jackson JL, Brady DW, Feldman MD, Levinson W, Lipkin M Jr. Teaching the psychosocial aspects of care in the clinical setting: practical recommendations. Acad Med 2005 Jan;80(1):8-20.

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  • Kern DE, Wright SM, Carrese JA, Lipkin Jr. M, Simmons JM, Novack DH, Kalet A, Frankel R. Personal growth in medical faculty: a qualitative study. Western Journal of Medicine 2001; 175:92-98.

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  • Kern DE, Grayson M, Barker LR, Roca RP, Cole KA, Roter D, Golden A. Residency training in interviewing skills and the psychosocial domain of medical practice. J Gen Intern Med 1989; 4:421-431.

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