Robert P. Ferguson, MD

Faculty of Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
Director, UMSOM Professionalism Enhancement Initiative
Baltimore, Maryland 2l204, USA



Dr. Ferguson is a Faculty of Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. After graduation from Cornell university medical college in 1972, did an Internal Medicine Residency at North Shore Hospital in New York.
Relocated to Hartford Connecticut Mount Sinai hospital and university of Connecticut in 1976. Served as Internal Medicine Residency Program Director in 1982, chief of medicine 1984. Clinical Associate professor at Uconn.
Relocated to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore in 1992, Associate Professor Johns Hopkins. Clinical Professor at University of Maryland, Chief of Medicine and Program Director.
In 2013, took position as Academic Faculty at Greater Baltimore Medical Centre (GBMC), (current) Director of the University of Maryland SOM professionalism enhancement initiative (current). Founder in 2011 and current Editor of journal of community hospital internal medicine perspectives (JCHIMP).

Research Interest

His research interest include: Reviewing, Editing and publishing community hospital scholarly activities, Case reports, Health Literacy, Professionalism, Illicit drug use, Undergraduate and graduate medical education and Interactions between pharmaceutical industry and physicians.

Scientific Activities


• (1983) Fellowship, American College of Physicians Foster McGaw Award (American Hospital Association) in Recognition of the Geriatric Outreach Program at Mount Sinai
• (1987) Sinai Hospital (Clinical Director) Physician Educator Award Mount Sinai
• (1989) Hospital Department of Medicine
• (1989-1990) John A. Hartford Foundation Scholar in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Connecticut Travelers Center on Aging
• (1992) Excellence in Education Award University of Connecticut Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Excellence in Education Award
• (1994) University of Maryland Family Medicine Residency
• (1995) APDIM Award for Innovations in Internal Medicine Residency Curricula
• (1998) Maryland ACP C. Lockard Conley Award for Contributions to Resident Education and Research
• (2003) Golden Apple Award-Union Memorial Hospital University of Maryland Alpha Omega Alpha
• (2009) (AOA) Honor Society-Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award
• (2011) Maryland ACP Ted Woodward Award for Education and Research
• (2014) Master, American College of Physicians


• American College of Physicians (1975-Present)
• Hartford County Medical Society (1977-l992)
• Connecticut State Medical Society (1978-1980)
• Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (1982-Present)
• Fellowship in American College of Physicians (1983-Present)
• American Geriatric Society (1990-Present)
• Baltimore City Medical Society (l992-Present)
• Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland (l992-Present)
• Southern Medical Association (l994-Present)
• Society of General Internal Medicine (1998 Present)
• Association of Subspecialty Professors Council (2002-2005)
• Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) Council (2004-2007)
• Association of Chiefs and Chairs of Medicine (ACCM) (2005-2011)
• ACCM Council (2008-2011)
• Master, American College of Physician (2014-Present)


1. Deck M, Ferguson R, Potts D. Continuous monitoring during cerebral angiography. Radiology. 1971; 99: 349 352. doi:
2. Alderman M, Ferguson R. The impact of a family planning clinic in rural jamaica. West Indian Medical Journal. 1976; 25: 11 16.
3. Ferguson R, Smith J. Cryptococcus and cushings syndrome. Annals of Internal Medicine. 1977; 87: 65 66.
4. Alderman M, Wise P, Ferguson R. Reduction of young child malnutrition and mortality in rural jamaica. Tropical Pediatrics and Environmental Child Health. 1978; 7-11.
5. Lentnek A, Ferguson R, Fierer E. Group B. Streptococcal Meningitis Associated with a CSF Fistula. Archives of Neurology. 1978; 35: 114-115.
6. Ferguson R, Hoang G. Transient functional hyposplenia. Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 1981; 22: 748-749.
7. Wu T, Ferguson R, Gabel R. Pneumonia caused by haemophilus influenza Serotype E. American Journal of Medical Technology. 1982; 48(7): 617-619.
8. Ferguson R, Alvino E. Rebound hypertension after low dose clonidine withdrawal. Southern Medical Journal, (Letter). 1983; 76(1): 98.
9. Ferguson R. A comparison of steroid and thiazide diabetes. Connecticut Medicine. 1986; 50: 506-509.
10. Ferguson R, Rubinstein E. Preoperative medical consultations in a community hospital. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 1987; 2: 89-92.
11. Ferguson R. Declining appeal of foreign medical education for us students. Journal of Medical Education. 1987; 62: 719-724.
12. Katz J, Dias S, Ferguson R. Fatal cardiac calcification secondary to primary hyperparathyroidism. American Journal of Medicine. 1988; 85: 122-123.
13. Khoury G, Ferguson R. Testicular feminization presenting in a 78 year old. Connecticut Medicine. 1988; 52: 584-585.
14. Ferguson R, Hasson J, Walker S. Metastatic lung cancer in a young marijuana smoker. JAMA, (Letter). 1989; 261: 41-42. doi: 10.1001/jama.1989.03420010051015
15. Ferguson R. Iatrogenesis: the hidden and general dangers. Hospital Practice. 1989; 824: 89-94.
16. Ferguson R. Training the Resident to Meet the Detail Man. JAMA, (Letter). 1989; 261: 992-993. doi: 10.1001/jama.1989.03420070042021
17. Ferguson R, Rosenthal I. Testicular feminization syndrome revisited. Connecticut Medicine, (Letter) 1990; 54: 296.
18. Ferguson R. Teaching medical residents critical analysis of pharmaceutical promotional material. Delaware Medical Journal. 1990; 62: 1127-1129.
19. Ferguson R. Replacing an old drug with a new one. Connecticut Medicine. 1991; 55: 1687-6901.
20. Ferguson R. Developing and implementing a private office based longitudinal elective for internal medicine residents. Resident and Staff Physician. l992; 38: 97-99.
21. Sturm P, Abramovitz J, Wagner C, Ferguson R, Walker S. Malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the spine: a case report and review of the literature. Spine. l992; 17: 975-977.
22. Ferguson R. Freebies: is the enemy us? Annals of Internal Medicine (Letter). l993; 118: 653. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-118-8-199304150-00032
23. Ferguson R, OConnor P, Crabtree B, et al. Serum albumin and prealbumin as predictors of clinical outcomes in hospitalized elderly nursing home residents. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. l993; 41: 545-549.
24. Ferguson R. Non-Pharmacologic prescribing: the psychosocial aspects of drug therapy. Drug Therapy. l994; 31-36.
25. Ferguson R, Wetle T, Dubitzky D, Winsemius D. Relative importance to elderly patients of effectiveness, side effects, convenience and cost of antihypertensive medications. Drugs and Aging. l994; 4: 56-62. doi: 10.2165/00002512-199404010-00006
26. Ferguson RP, Bahrami P. Teaching managed care, educational clearinghouse. Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. l994; 3: 79-82.
27. Ferguson R. Harrisons principles of internal medicine. Annals of Internal Medicine (Book Review). l995; l22: l58-l59.
28. Ferguson RF, Bahrami P. Managed care training for internal medicine residents. Academic Medicine (Letter). l996; 71: l06.
29. Ferguson RP, Kohler FR, Puthumana J, Chavez J, Shakil H, Zaidi S. Discovering asymptomatic biochemical abnormalities on a baltimore internal medicine service. Maryland Medical Journal. 1996; 45: 543-546.
30. Ferguson RP, Ziedins E, Richardson JP, Michocki R, West Z. Elderly drug choice survey. Journal of Geriatric Drug Therapy. 1996; 11: 61-70.
31. Ferguson R. Teaching managed care, educational clearinghouse. Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. 1996; 4: 83-86.
32. Ferguson RP. AIDS in the older adult: a challenge for the geriatrician. Clinical Geriatrics. 1996; 4: 19-30.
33. Ferenchik G, Ferguson, RP, Ognibene A, et al. Logistics, community-based teaching: state of art and how to get there. American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, February, 1996.
34. Speckart P, Ferguson RP, Medd WC. Teaching in the Office. Community Based Teaching, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia. Chapter 1, 1997; 1-20.
35. Chen H, Ryan PA, Ferguson RP, et al. Characteristics of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in older adults. JAGS. 1998; 46: 153-156.
36. Ferguson R, Booher C. Developing a Managed Care Seminar Series for Internal Medicine. Residents New Medicine. 1998; 2: 327-330.
37. Allison-Ottey S, Ferguson RP, Heym K. Characteristics of AIDS in Older Persons-A Follow-Up Study. JAGS (letter). 1999; 47: 764-765.
38. Ferguson RP, Rhim E, Belizaire W, Egede L, Carter K, Lansdale T. Encounters with pharmaceutical sales representatives among practicing internists. American Journal of Medicine. 1999; 107: 149-152. doi: 10.1016/S0002-9343(99)00192-8
39. Allison-Ottey S, Weston C, Hennawi G, Nichols M, Eldred L, Ferguson R. Sexual practices of older adults in a high HIV prevalence environment. Maryland Medical Journal. 1999; 48: 287-291.
40. Wolfstahl S, Beasley B, Kopelman R, The Membership Survey and Scientific Data Committee of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine. Benchmarks of Support in Internal Medicine Residency Training Programs. Academic Medicine. 2002; 77: 50-56.
41. Ferguson R, Arun A, Carter C, et al. Hydroxyurea treatment of sickle cell anemia in hospital-based practices. American Journal of Hematology. 2002; 70(3): 326-328. doi: 10.1002/ajh.10184
42. Ferguson R, Richard K. International Medical Graduates APDIM Program Manual, 7th ed. 2002; 272-286.
43. Ferguson R. Need for better interactions between physician and pharmaceutical sales representatives. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2002; 36: 1966-1968
44. Ferguson R, Hennawi G, Puthumana L, Burkhardt l. Consecutive autopsies on an internal medicine service. Southern Medical Journal. 2004; 97: 335-337.
45. Ferguson R, Richards K. International Medical Graduates. A Toolkit for Internal Medicine Education Programs, 8th ed, 2005; 245-253.
46. Ferguson R, Gao Y, Cumming R. A survey of active heroin users regarding their beliefs and knowledge of the narcotic alternative bupenorphrine. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment. 2008.
47. Ferguson RP, Phelan T, Haddad T, Hinduja A, Dubin NH. Once Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation has Started, What Factors Predict Outcome? Southern Medical Journal. 2008.
48. Ferguson RP, Porto Carreiro F. Changes in approved internal medicine fellowship programs and positions, 2001-2008. Med Ed On-Line. 2009.
49. Ferguson R. Origins of JCHIMP. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2011; 1: 6328. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v1i1.6328
50. Quianzon C, Quade L, Shawon I, Ferguson R. The utility of the initial electrocardiogram in predicting acute coronary events in current cocaine users with chest pain in the emergency department. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2011; 1: 6308. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v1i1.6308
51. Ferguson R. Evolution of JCHIMP. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2011; 1: 7292. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v1i2.7292
52. Sittambalam CD, Ferguson RP. Injection indicator diseases: bacterial and viral infections that indicate injection drug use in a community hospital setting. The Internet Journal of Public Health. 2011; 1(2).
53. Ferguson R. Resident scholarly work in the community hospital setting. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2011; 1: 8486. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v1i3.8486
54. Ferguson R. Anniversary issue of JCHIMP. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2011; 1: 15885. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v1i4.15885
55. Ferguson R. The value of reporting cases. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2011; 1: 15884. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v1i4.15884
56. Omene A, Ferguson R. Absolute lymphocyte count as a predictor of pneumocystis in a patient previously unknown to have HIV. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2012; 2: 15696.
57. Ferguson R, Mike M, Griffin S, Lever C. Perspective on plagiarism. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2012; 2: 18048.
58. Detterline S, Ferguson R. In the SOAP. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2012; 2: 18712.
59. Ferguson R, Griffin S. Peer review. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2012; 2: 19690.
60. Ferguson R, Kearney C. Journal of community hospital internal medicine perspectives second anniversary. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2012; 2: 20218. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v2i4.20218
61. Abed K, Mugmon M, Alfreijat M, Ferguson R. Congenital complete heart block in a 71 year old. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2012; 2: 20069.
62. Ferguson R. Health literacy. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2013; 3.
63. Ferguson RP. Rebirth of JCHIMP. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2013; 3(3-4). doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v3i3-4.23202
64. Karsenty C, Landau M, Ferguson R. Assessment of medical residents attention to the health literacy level of newly admitted patients. J Commun Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2013; 3: 23071. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v3i3-4.23071
65. Sittambalam CD, Vij R, Ferguson R. Buprenorphine outpatient 205 outcomes project (BOOP): can Suboxone be a viable outpatient option for heroin addiction? J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2014; 4: 22902. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v4.22902
66. Ali NK, Ferguson RP, Mitha S, Hanlon A. Do medical trainees feel confident communicating with low health literacy patients? J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2014; 4: 22893. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v4.22893
67. Ferguson R. Professionalism: hard to measure but you know it when you see it. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2014; 4: 24226. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v4.24226
68. Ferguson RP, Deborah T. Medical eponyms. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2014; 4(3).
69. Ferguson RP. JCHIMP: A proud 4 year old with the best yet to come. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. 2014; 4(5). doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v4.26425