Esther Oh, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Core Faculty


Esther Oh, MD, PhD


Esther Oh, MD, PhD, is the Sarah Miller Coulson Human Aging Project Scholar and an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (Department of Medicine) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Neuropathology and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and is a core faculty member of the Cochlear Center on Hearing and Public Health. Oh is the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, co-director of the Johns Hopkins University Artificial Intelligence & Technology Collaboratory for Aging Research, Pilot Core A (AD/ADRD) and member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Innovation Advisory Council.

Oh’s current work with the Cochlear Center includes examining the role of hearing loss and neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease with Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH, as co-PIs for an R01 from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) titled “Addressing Hearing Loss as a Common Unmet Contributor of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms.” She is also actively working with Nicholas Reed, AuD, examining the role of hearing loss in delirium in medical settings, for which Reed received a K23 career development award from the NIA.

An investigator for the Richman Family Precision Medicine Center of Excellence in Alzheimer's disease, Oh also serves as faculty on a T32 Health Services and Outcomes Research for Aging Populations (HSOR Aging) award and as an Affiliate for the Hopkins' Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services (HEADS) Center. Oh is currently the president of the American Delirium Society.

Oh E, Li M, Fafowora T, Inouye S, Chen C, Rosman L, Lyketsos C, Sieber F, Puhan M. Preoperative risk factors for postoperative delirium following hip fracture repair: A systematic review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2015; 30(9):900-910. PMID 25503071 PMCID 4465414

Oh ES,Marano CM, Leoutsakos JM, Lee RW, Rissman RA, Smith GS, Craft S, Lyketsos CG, Oral glucose tolerance testing to modulate plasma amyloid levels: A novel biomarker. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. 2015 Sep; 1(3):311-315. PMID 26413562 PMCID 4578701

Oh ES, Sieber F, Leoutsakos JM, Inouye S, Lee HB, Sex differences in hip fracture surgery: preoperative risk factors of delirium and postoperative outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2016 Aug;64(8):1616-21 PMID 27384742

Lee HB, Oldham M, Sieber F, Oh ES. Impact of Delirium After Hip Fracture Surgery on One-Year Mortality in Patients With or Without Dementia: A Case of Effect Modification. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2017 Mar;25(3):308-315, PMID 27838314

Oh ES, Fong TG, Hshieh TT, Inouye SK, Delirium in Older Persons: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment. JAMA 2017 Sept:318(12):1083-1198