K. Eric De Jonge

eric de jongeK. Eric De Jonge, MD, is the Director of Geriatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. De Jonge is an innovative physician leader with a vision and commitment to population-based, patient-centered health care delivery to the frail elderly patient population.

In 1999, Dr. De Jonge co-founded the award-winning MedStar Washington Hospital Center MedStar House Call Program, a hospital-based program that delivers skilled in-home primary care to frail, ill, elderly persons in Washington, DC. In the program, a team of 17 geriatricians, nurse practitioners, social workers and allied staff coordinate primary, specialty, urgent and acute medical care to an average census of 600 people. The MedStar House Call program promotes the health and dignity of frail elders so that they can continue to live in their own homes.

On the national level, Dr. Jonge is a leading spokesperson and advocate for Medicare reform, to support the expansion of home-based elder care and to enact legislation to create pilot programs that would allow hospitals to share in cost savings to the Medicare program. He has frequently testified before governmental agencies and bodies as well as associations and advocacy groups on behalf of this care model.

Dr. De Jonge has appeared in the media many times, including: NPR Morning Edition, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, CNN, the Washington Post and on multiple local TV and radio outlets. He was named "National House Call Doctor of the Year" by the American Academy of Home Care Physicians (AAHCP) in 2003.

Dr. De Jonge graduated with a dual degree in biology and history with honors from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, and received his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. He performed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He is a member of the AAHCP Board of Directors and is also a member of the American Geriatrics Society and the American College of Physicians.

Research Interests

Dr. De Jonge's areas of interest include healthcare delivery demonstration projects related to

  • Providing skilled in-home primary care to the elderly
  • Medicare reform - pilot programs allowing hospitals to share in cost savings
  • Innovations in the delivery of care to geriatric patients
  • Efficient use of mobile devices and technologies for non-traditional approaches to the delivery of care
  • Healthcare cost-effectiveness

Learn more about the MedStar House Call Program.

Selected Publications

De Jonge KE, Christmas C, Levy P, Mears S, Wenz J, Franckowiak S, Andersen R; Hip Fracture Service: An Interdisciplinary Model of Care. J Amer Ger Soc, December 2001

De Jonge KE, Sulmasy DP, Gold K, Harper MG, Eisenberg JE, Schulman KS. Timing of Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders and Hospital Costs. J Gen Intern Med 1999; 14:190-192.

Fantry L, De Jonge E, Auwaerter PG, Lederman HM. Immunodeficiency and elevated CD4 lymphocyte counts in two patients co-infected with HIV and HTLV-1. Clin Infect Dis. 1995: 21(6): 1466-68.

Chapters / Expert Reports
De Jonge KE.
Boling P. Taler G. Independence at Home (IAH): Community-Based Care for Older Adults with Severe Chronic Illness. Clinics in Geriatr Med. Feb. 2009:25(1):155-69. Home-Based Care of Frail Elders. Consensus Report from National Expert Panel. Funded by Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. Washington D.C. March, 2008

De Jonge KE, Taler GA. "Is There a Doctor in the House?" Caring Magazine. August 2003.

De Jonge KE, et al. Guide to Geriatrics Training Across the Continuum of Care. John A. Hartford Foundation. March, 1998

McGeary M, De Jonge KE, Sanville J, Weiss R (staff authors). AIDS Research Program of the NIH: Report of Study by Institute of Medicine. National Academy Press, Washington D.C. 1990


De Jonge KE, Gammel JD, Gottlieb A, Hayashi J, Taler GA. Growth and Outcomes in Medical House Call Program. American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Meeting, Presidential Session. May, 2002

De Jonge KE, Granet JP, Calvert A, Kohlman-Trigoboff D, Smith B. Benefits of a Geriatrics/Vascular Surgery Team. American Geriatrics Society (AGS) National Meeting, Poster. May, 2001

De Jonge KE, Ng YY, Khin LL, Taler GA. A House Call Program For Frail Urban Elders American Geriatrics Society (AGS) National Meeting, Presidential Poster Session. May, 2001

C Christmas, MD; KE DeJonge, MD; P Levy, RN; S Mears, MD; J Wenz, MD; S Franckowiak; R Andersen, PhD; Benefits of a Orthogeriatrics Hip Fracture Service on Short-Term Outcomes. American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Meeting- Poster, May, 2000.

De Jonge KE, Ling SM, Burton JB. Teaching Geriatric Medicine Across the Continuum of Care. Poster presentation - American Geriatrics Society (AGS) National Meeting. May, 1998.

De Jonge KE, Sulmasy DP, Gold K, Harper M, Eisenberg J, Schulman K. Are Admit Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders Associated with Lower Hospital Costs? Poster- Society of General Internal Medicine, National Meeting - April, 1996.

De Jonge KE, Sulmasy DP, Gold K, Harper M, Eisenberg JE, Schulman KS. What patient and clinical variables are associated with Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders? Poster, Fellows Meeting, Agency for Health Care Policy Research (ACHPR), June, 1995.

  • Research Areas
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes