Eric De Jonge MD
MedStar House Call Program
K. 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.