Seeking Outstanding Director Candidates to Lead COAH

Outstanding candidates are invited to apply for the position of the Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center on Aging and Health.

The Center is a vibrant multidisciplinary center approaching its 25th anniversary. It is primarily housed in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology within the Department of Medicine but is a cross-disciplinary center that includes diverse faculty and trainees across the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing are world-leading centers of academic excellence. Aging is an affirmed priority for each. For more details, please visit Fact sheet about JHU COAH to review COAH’s rich environment and related resources.

COAH currently has 42 faculty members from 19 different departments or divisions across three schools. The COAH core faculty bring over $28,000,000 per year in grant funding for aging-related research and training. Historically, the COAH research focus has highlighted population aging topics. While maintaining this focus, COAH is proud of a diverse and innovative research portfolio which spans family caregiving, cognitive and sensory functioning, physical mobility, social engagement, health equity, and frailty and resiliency. COAH is also home to active predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs; education and mentoring are an important facet of its mission.

The Director of COAH will be the spokesperson and advocate for the Center across the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing and the University as a whole. The Director will oversee the Center’s research and educational activities with the goal to refine and enhance the Center’s mission through innovative and collaborative research programs and active mentorship. The Director will build upon the Center’s rich foundation to effectively guide the growth of the Center as a national leader with expertise in population-based aging research and as a model of multidisciplinary collaboration.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Grow existing and create novel research programs and projects
  • Lead collaborations and projects that can compete successfully for center grants (e.g. P30, U01)
  • Maintain forums for interdisciplinary academic partnership with other schools, departments, and other centers conducting aging-related research with the intent to grow research partnerships and interdisciplinary visibility
  • Foster synergy for training on aging at Johns Hopkins
  • Provide active mentorship to trainees and faculty to promote and safeguard their success
  • Work directly with division director, administrator, and other divisional leaders to ensure that appropriate financial support is in place for long-term success of Center/Division sponsored funding profile
  • Attract new trainees and investigators to the Center on Aging and Health to further enhance center, divisional, departmental, and institutional efforts

Successful candidates must have:

  • Expertise in aging research and population health, demonstrated experience leading multidisciplinary teams, a strong track record in mentorship, and strong commitment to health equity
  • A record of innovative and effective administrative and fiscal leadership, national stature in his or her field, and demonstrated dedication to promoting the health and well-being of older adults
  • An MD, PhD, or equivalent degree, and an academic record consistent with the rank of Associate or Full Professor at Johns Hopkins University
  • Demonstrated capacity to foster an environment in which excellence in research, scholarship, teaching, and clinical programs can simultaneously flourish
  • A commitment to promoting a diverse, inclusive academic environment is required

The search committee will accept nominations and applications until the position is filled. However, the committee strongly encourages applicants to submit their materials by the priority deadline of June 1, 2022.

To apply for this position:

Please submit your CV and cover letter to Jonathan Leer at


Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

Johns Hopkins University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. As such, Johns Hopkins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristic in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admission or employment.


Dr. David L. Roth Announces Plans to Step Down As Director of COAH

Dr. David L. Roth has announced plans to step down as the Director of the Center on Aging and Health (COAH) in the months ahead, and he will continue to work with the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and his COAH colleagues as a valued member of our faculty as a researcher, mentor, and leader in applied gerontology. This was a personal decision of Dr. Roth’s as he strives to discover a new kind of work/life balance.  He will remain involved in research with Johns Hopkins colleagues and help to bring in new leadership for COAH, while also creating more space for his family and favorite hobbies and activities that renew him.

Dr. Roth became the Director of COAH in January of 2012 and has served in this position for over 10 years.  His colleagues in the Center are grateful for his decade of steadfast leadership and commitment to the Center’s mission: to discover new and more effective ways to promote the health and well-being of older adults, and to help them continue to make valuable contributions to our communities. Empowering innovative colleagues, collaborating with interdisciplinary research teams, and mentoring students and trainees are all hallmarks of his leadership style. One of Dr. Roth’s favorite quotes on leadership is from the ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, Lao-Tsu:

“To lead people, walk beside them…  As for the best leaders, people do not notice their existence.  The next best, people honor and praise.  The next, people fear; and the next, people hate….  When the best leader’s work is done, people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’”

Dr. Roth created a climate in which members from Johns Hopkins University’s schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing collaborate with partners around the world on shared goals in population health and applied gerontology in the areas of research, training, clinical care, and public service.

The search for the Center’s new Director will be led by Dr. Nancy Schoenborn of the School of Medicine and Dr. Karen Bandeen-Roche of the School of Public Health.  Dr. Roth will remain as the Center Director until a new Director is found to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Want to nominate someone for the job?  Are you considering it for yourself?  The application priority deadline is June 1st; see the job description and application process here.

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Letters of Intent for Frailty Research Funding due 4/1

LOIs to Older Americans Independence Center Due Fri., April 1 (This is not a joke!)

The JHU Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is seeking Letters of Intent (LOIs) for scientific projects related to physical frailty in older adults. The goals of these proposals should be to elucidate the etiology of frailty, to develop interventions or treatments for frailty, or to develop methodologies to better study physical frailty in older Americans.  LOIs due by Friday, April 1, 2022.

There are two (2) separate award opportunities for funding in the 2022-2023 grant year; read more about them here. Successful applicants would receive salary, resource core support, and mentorship in aging and frailty research (biological, clinical, translational, and epidemiological) through the OAIC’s cores.

OAIC investigators have been extraordinarily successful in recent years, with a strong record of subsequent grant awards and publications that stem directly from the science produced as part of OAIC support.

Questions? Please contact:

Brian Buta, MHS
Project Administrator
Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health
Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Ph. 410-502-3412