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Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH


Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Beach is a Core Faculty Member of the Berman Bioethics Institute and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, her M.D. from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins. She has completed the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy, a fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and was a Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.  

Dr. Beach is a past recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award and a K-08 Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She has since served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), was elected to the Editorial Board of Patient Education and Counseling, and now serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Communication in Healthcare.  In 2010, she was awarded the Jozien Bensing Award for outstanding research contributing to effective healthcare communication, given by the European Association of Communication in Healthcare.

Dr. Beach’s scholarship focuses on patient-physician communication, with a focus on improving healthcare quality for under-served populations particularly in under-resourced primary care settings, the treatment of HIV, and the treatment of sickle cell disease.

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