Dr. Jillian Irwin is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician offering a full range of adult primary care services including Women's Health. The focus of her practice is to care for each patient as a whole person. Through integrated attention to body, mind, spirit, and community, Dr. Irwin joyfully cares for adults from all walks of life and believes it is important she learns each patient's story. Dr. Irwin harnesses the deeper understanding she gains of each individual's unique circumstances to help optimize their life journeys going forward -- working in tandem with patients to tailor treatment plans to target self-defined functional goals and to employ modalities that are consistent with their values.
Beyond primary care, Dr. Irwin has a demonstrated interest in mental health, population health and health policy. Prior to medical school, Dr. Irwin served as a peer counselor for university students and later as a court-contracted family therapist. She also helped perform research studies of a therapy for bipolar disorder and of the effects of childhood abuse on the brain.
Dr. Irwin received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She majored in the social and cognitive neuroscience track of psychology with an academic focus on global health and medical anthropology. During this time, she also studied physiology, anatomy, and medical communication at Universidad de Chile Medical School in Santiago, Chile.
While in medical school at the University of Miami, Dr. Irwin completed her Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) field experience researching best practices in the provision of primary care for refugees. For her capstone project, Dr. Irwin performed a quality improvement study of a student-run free clinic.
Dr. Irwin completed a residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University, during which time she served as a Trustee to the Board of the Maryland Medical Society and was resident leader and community liaison for the Johns Hopkins Medicine for the Greater Good Initiative. She has led workshops on heart disease, sexually transmitted infections, chronic pain and mindfulness meditation to multiple religious congregations in the Baltimore area. She also created a curriculum to train a network of trauma-informed peer supporters in communities with high rates of violence.
In her previous primary care practice, Dr. Irwin developed a niche providing holistic health care to individuals struggling with mental illness, many of whom were immigrants. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Italian.