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Rachel Johnson Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor


General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine


Mason F. Lord Building
Center Tower, 4th Floor Suite 4200, Room 4117


Medical School:
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Pediatrics

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Disease Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine


Dr. Thornton is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  Dr. Thornton is a former White House Fellow and served as a Health Policy Advisor to senior staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban.  Her policy work addresses Health in All Policies with an emphasis on housing, community development, and urban planning policy. Dr. Thornton’s research focuses on childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease risk, health disparities, and social determinants of health.  She has expertise in racial/ethnic disparities in heath and health care. She is committed to informing the development of novel interventions to eliminate health disparities by addressing individual-, family-, and community-level factors that contribute to disparities in child and adolescent obesity and cardiovascular disease risk. In 2009 she directed a health impact assessment (HIA) of Baltimore City's comprehensive zoning code rewrite, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which highlighted in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2014 Health Equity Guide. Dr. Thornton is a board certified general pediatrician and maintains a primary care practice at the Children’s Medical Practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview where she also teaches residents.

Phone: 410-550-4117

Fax: 410-502-5440

Email: rjohns21@jhmi.edu