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Mary Catherine Beach, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Berman Institute for Bioethics
  • Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research


Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Bioethics; health care quality for vulnerable populations; HIV; Sickle-cell disease


  • English
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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore MD ) (1999)
    • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York NY ) (1995)


    • Mount Sinai Medical Center / Internal Medicine (New York NY ) (1998)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2002)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2010)
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    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Beach MC, Roter D, Korthuis PT, Epstein RM, Sharp V, Ratanawongsa N, Cohn J, Eggly S, Sankar A, Moore RD, Saha S. A multicenter study of physician mindfulness and health care quality. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Sep-Oct;11(5):421-8. doi: 10.1370/afm.1507. PMID: 24019273
    2. Westergaard RP, Beach MC, Saha S, Jacobs EA. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Trust in Health Care: HIV Conspiracy Beliefs and Vaccine Research Participation. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan;29(1):140-6. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2554-6. PMID: 23979684 
    3. Flickinger TE, Berry S, Korthuis PT, Saha S, Laws MB, Sharp V, Moore RD, Beach MC. Counseling to reduce high-risk sexual behavior in HIV care: a multi-center, direct observation study. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2013 Jul;27(7):416-24. doi: 10.1089/apc.2012.0426. Epub 2013 Jun 26. PMID: 23802144
    4. Aboumatar HJ, Carson KA, Beach MC, Roter DL, Cooper LA. The impact of health literacy on desire for participation in healthcare, medical visit communication, and patient reported outcomes among patients with hypertension. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Nov;28(11):1469-76. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2466-5. Epub 2013 May 21. PMID: 23690237
    5. Flickinger TE, Rose G, Wilson IB, Wolfe H, Saha S, Korthuis PT, Massa M, Berry S, Laws MB, Sharp V, Moore RD, Beach MC. Motivational interviewing by HIV care providers is associated with patient intentions to reduce unsafe sexual behavior. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Oct;93(1):122-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.04.001. Epub 2013 May 4. PMID: 23647982 
    6. Flickinger TE, Saha S, Moore RD, Beach MC. Higher quality communication and relationships are associated with improved patient engagement in HIV care. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Jul 1;63(3):362-6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e318295b86a. PMID: 23591637 
    7. Gudzune KA, Beach MC, Roter DL, Cooper LA. Physicians build less rapport with obese patients. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Oct;21(10):2146-52. doi: 10.1002/oby.20384. Epub 2013 Jun 6. PMID: 23512862 
    8. Beach MC, Fitzgerald A, Saha S. White coat hype: branding physicians with professional attire. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Mar 25;173(6):467-8. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.3766. No abstract available. PMID: 23420503 
    9. Laws MB, Taubin T, Bezreh T, Lee Y, Beach MC, Wilson IB. Problems and processes in medical encounters: the cases method of dialogue analysis. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 May;91(2):192-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.12.012. Epub 2013 Feb 4. PMID: 23391684 
    10. Haywood C Jr, Tanabe P, Naik R, Beach MC, Lanzkron S. The impact of race and disease on sickle cell patient wait times in the emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2013 Apr;31(4):651-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2012.11.005. Epub 2013 Feb 4. PMID: 23380119
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