Who We Are

The Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine (CIM) was founded upon the belief that Medicine is a Public Trust.  The CIM, which was established at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2005 by Dr. David Hellmann and Mr. Richard Paisner, is a think-tank and incubator that strives to identify and implement novel ways to make Medicine a better Public Trust.  Projects have focused on developing innovative clinical centers for excellence, teaching foundational principles of medical education, and engaging our community to decrease disparities in healthcare.

Our Vision

We envision a world where Medicine is a Public Trust.

Our Mission

We are a think tank, and our mission is to serve Johns Hopkins and academic medicine.  We bring the brightest minds in medicine to the challenge of finding and exploring the best ways to make medicine a better Public Trust.  We do not just look to medicine for these ideas, but to the worlds of business, art, literature, and to other fields of science.  Since good ideas, by themselves, don’t do much, we are also an incubator, where those good ideas hatch, are nurtured, tested in small programs and implemented on a larger scale.


We’re not going to ask you to dream with us.  Dreams are wonderful things, things you might think about and sigh, and wish the world were a different kind of place.  But they don’t often come true.

Instead, we’d like to invite you to share our vision.  The big difference between a dream and a vision, at least the way we look at it, is that with a vision comes a plan for how we’re going to make it happen

At the Center for Innovative Medicine, we envision a world where Medicine is a Public Trust.  CIM works as both a “think tank” and an incubator of our best ideas. CIM also helps fund other projects that align with our three themes:

  • The Good Doctor & Good Nurse – an educational program that emphasizes the importance of knowing the patients as people, and to promote interprofessional training of nurses and physicians.
  • Precision Medicine – highly individualized focused care in which subsets of patients are identified and their treatments are custom-tailored, putting the needs of the patient and their families first.
  • Medicine for the Greater Good – our medical peace corps that empowers all medical residents to pursue public service, embracing the call to service the health needs of our community by meeting our neighbors where they are: in churches and community centers throughout Baltimore.

Although we love technology and promote its wise use, in the end, the changes we are talking about mainly come down to people.  To talking, and listening, and working together, and valuing each other, and trying to make life better through making medicine better.

The CIM needs philanthropy. We wouldn’t be here without it. We might have great ideas, but they would just be talk at the water cooler or wishful thinking over coffee or at a meeting. Academic medicine doesn’t really fund great ideas. Federal funding supports specific hypotheses, mapped out and likely to answer a specific question. But the government doesn’t quite know what to do with ideas like, “How can we teach doctors to know their patients as people?”  That’s where the CIM comes in. The ideas that we generate, explore, nurture, and advance, are made possible only with philanthropic support. If you like what we’re doing here and you would like to help, we’d love to talk with you.