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Katherine Ornstein Appointed As Director of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Equity in Aging


Katherine Ornstein, PHD, MPH, will join the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) as Director of the school’s newly renamed Center for Equity in Aging (formerly Center for Innovative Care in Aging). Ornstein is an epidemiologist with extensive expertise in the research of home-based care, family caregiving, dementia, and aging, among many other topics. She will officially join the school on July 11, 2022.

“Dr. Ornstein has the experience, knowledge, and strategic insight to direct and lead our center and to link together our many areas of cross-collaborative research and work, says JHSON Dean Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We look forward to the perspective, intellect, and qualification she will offer.”

Ornstein is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and the Institute for Translational Epidemiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As the Research Director for the Institute for Care Innovations at Home at Mount Sinai, she champions efforts to develop and evaluate home-based clinical care programs including home-based palliative care and Hospital at Home. Ornstein directs the population data management core within Mount Sinai’s Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and serves as Associate Program Director of Research Disparities in Aging and Dementia, an NIH-funded post-doctoral research fellowship program.

Through several NIH, CDC and foundation-funded research projects, Ornstein leads research on: the caregiving experience for persons with dementia and other serious illnesses; social determinants of homebound status; home-based clinical care; the use of community health workers in home-based primary care; and frailty and aging among World Trade Center responders.

Ornstein’s work has also focused on the unique caregiving experience and associated burden, healthcare utilization, and cost in the context of dementia. She aims to measure the growing homebound population, study their health and caregiving needs, and examine the social and economic factors that impact aging in place.

In 2020, she was inducted as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a selected participant in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Emerging Leaders Forum. In 2018, she received the Dan Gilden Creative Investigator Award from the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. Ornstein received her BA from Duke University, her MPH from UNC Chapel Hill, and a PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s and DNP programs. In addition, JHSON is ranked as the No. 3 nursing school in the world by QS World University and No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. The school is a four-time recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and a three-time Best School for Men in Nursing award recipient. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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