Wendy Bennett

Wendy L. Bennett, M.D., M.P.H.

Wendy L. Bennett, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Co-Director, Center for Women’s Health, Sex and Gender Research
Director of Research, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Joint Appointments in the Departments of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Our Bayview GIM practice is my clinical and 'learning to teach' home. Our Division and practice are special because we foster clinician educators who teach medical students and residents to become patient- and person-centered clinicians. We work closely together to share best practices about teaching and patient care, encourage the asking of questions and are open to feedback and others’ insights to continue to grow and improve.


I am most passionate about primary care and my research program that integrates evidence-based preventive health opportunities into real world settings. My research is focused on obesity and diabetes prevention. My research team created “Healthy for Two/Healthy for You,” a health coaching program integrated into prenatal care that helps women manage weight gain in pregnancy and postpartum. Ultimately, intervening in pregnancy is an opportunity for long-term obesity prevention for women and their families. I am also passionate about mentoring in primary care and women’s health.

In the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex and Gender Research, my team working to create and support career development opportunities for junior faculty, fellows and students in women’s health, sex and gender research.

Within Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, my team is working to support and implement primary care oriented research that addresses critical health care delivery problems to implement high value and effective health care and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. My research is informed by commitment to and work as a practicing primary care provides.

Personally, I have 2 children. I enjoy cooking vegetarian meals and being outdoors exploring with my family.


  • Degrees
    • M.D. / Rutgers - Robert Wood Johns Medical School 2003

    • M.P.H. / Rutgers - School of Public Health 2003

  • Residencies
    • Intern & Resident, Internal Medicine / Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 2006

  • Fellowships
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Internal Medicine / Johns Hopkins Hospital 2009

  • Board Certifications
    • Board Certified in Internal Medicine / American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006

Scholarly Interests

Improving and teaching women’s health care; addressing maternal health disparities; improving diabetes and obesity management and prevention; implementing innovations in primary care delivery.
Selected Publications
  • Sutherland L, Neale D, Henderson J, Clark J, Levine D, Bennett WL. Provider Counseling About and Risk Perception for Future Chronic Disease Among Women with Gestational Diabetes and Preeclampsia. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 May 29

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  • Ayyala MS, Coughlin JW, Martin L, Henderson J, Ezekwe N, Clark JM, Appel LJ, Bennett WL. Perspectives of pregnant and postpartum women and obstetric providers to promote healthy lifestyle in pregnancy and after delivery: a qualitative in-depth interview study. BMC Womens Health. 2020 Mar 4;20(1):44.

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  • Han P, Nicholson WK, Norton A, Graffeo K, Singerman R, King S, Sundaresan A, Bennett WL. DiabetesSistersVoices: An Online Patient Community to Identify Research Priorities for Women Living with Diabetes J. Medical Internet Research. 2019 May 10;21(5):e13312

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  • Bramante CT, McTigue KM, Lehmann HP, Clark JM, Rothenberger S, Kraschnewski J, Lent M, Herring SJ, Conroy MB, McCullough J, Bennett WL. Understanding primary care patients’ self-weighing habits: Retrospective analysis from the PaTH Clinical Data Research network. J. Gen Intern Med. 2019 Sep;34(9):1775-1781.

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  • Bennett WL, Wilson RF, Zhang A, Tseng E, Knapp EA, Kharrazi H, Stuart EA, Shogbesan O, Bass EB, Cheskin LJ. Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity: A Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Jun 5;168(11):791-800.

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