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Cynthia M. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2008-2011 Cohort
Project Title:  “Treatment Burden Among Older Adults with Multimorbidity”

About the Project:

This project’s goal was to lay the groundwork for the development of practical instruments and clinical strategies that access and incorporate treatment burden as a core element in medical decision making within the clinical encounter in older adults with multi morbidity.


Cynthia M. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a joint appointment in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health . Dr. Boyd is a core faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care.  Dr. Boyd received her B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry with a joint major in Studies of the Environment at Yale University.  She received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine, where she was selected for AOA honor society. She received her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.   Dr. Boyd completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and then trained in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 

Dr. Boyd’s primary areas of inquiry relate to improving health and health care for older adults with multimorbidity.  As a fellow, Dr. Boyd received grants from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Pfizer/American Geriatrics Society on Research on Health outcomes to evaluate the effects of hospitalization for acute illness on function in older adults. Her subsequent work has focused on multimorbidity, the use of clinical practice guidelines and quality standards in older adults with multimorbidity, and interventions to improve care for older adults with multimorbidity.

Dr. Boyd’s current research interests include understanding the role of treatment burden in clinical decision-making for older adults with multimorbidity and methods of assessing complexity for clinical decision-making.  Dr. Boyd and colleagues have recently begun work examining patterns of multimorbidity that represent opportunities to improve health and health care for disabled and older adults with multimorbidity with Medicaid.

She maintains her clinical practice teaching residents and medical students in the university-based primary care geriatric practice.  This clinical work serves as the foundation for her research ideas.

Her Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was entitled, “Treatment Burden in Older Adults with Multimorbidity,” and evaluated the presence of treatment burden in older adults with multimorbidity. This work will help describe appropriate metrics of quality of care for older adults with multimorbidity.

Outside of work, Dr. Boyd enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

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