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Sarah Lou Clever, M.D.

Associate Director, Clinical Skills Course
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Female  | Languages: English, Spanish

Appointment Phone


Main Location

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Out-of-State & International Patients +
Out of State Patients

Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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International Patients

Call +1-410-502-7683 (7a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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  • Associate Director, Clinical Skills Course
  • Asssistant Dean for Student Affairs
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine



Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-9434

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Medical Education; Patient-Physician Communication

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Yale University School of Medicine / MD (1996)


    • University of Washington (1999)


    • University of Washington / Medicine (2000)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (2015)
    • The University of Chicago / Internal Medicine (2015)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1999, 2019)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    1. Hall JA, Ship AN, Ruben MA, Curtin EM, Roter DL, Clever SL, Smith CC, Pounds K. The Test of Accurate Perception of Patients' Affect (TAPPA): An ecologically valid tool for assessing interpersonal perception accuracy in clinicians. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Oct 14. pii: S0738-3991(13)00405-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.10.004. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24184040
    2. Shochet R, King J, Levine R, Clever S, Wright S. 'Thinking on my feet': an improvisation course to enhance students' confidence and responsiveness in the medical interview. Educ Prim Care. 2013 Feb;24(2):119-24. PMID: 23498579
    3. Clever SL, Dudas RA, Solomon BS, Yeh HC, Levine D, Bertram A, Goldstein M, Shilkofski N, Cofrancesco J Jr. Medical student and faculty perceptions of volunteer outpatients versus simulated patients in communication skills training. Acad Med. 2011 Nov;86(11):1437-42. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182305bc0. PMID: 21952062
    4. Clever SL, Jin L, Levinson W, Meltzer D. Does doctor-patient communication affect patient satisfaction with hospital care? Results of an analysis with a novel instrumental variable. Health Services Research. 2008 October;43:1505-19.
    5. Clever SL, Ford DE, Rubenstein LV, Rost KM, Meredith LS, et al. Primary Care patients involvement in decision making is associated with improvement in depression. Med Care. 2006 May;44:398-405.
    6. Windish DM, Price EG, Clever SL, Magaziner J, Thomas PA. Teaching medical students the important connection between communication and clinical reasoning. J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Dec;20:1108-13.
    7. Clever SL, Novack D, Cohen D, Levinson W. Evaluating surgeons informed decision making skills: pilot test using a videoconferenced standardized patient. Medical Education. 2003;37:1094-99.
    8. Clever SL, Tulsky JA. Dreaded conversations: moving beyond discomfort in patient-physician communication. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Nov;17(11):893-894.
    9. Clever SL, Edwards KA, Feudtner, C, Braddock CH 3rd. Ethics and communication: does students comfort addressing ethical issues vary by specialty team? J Gen Int Med. 2001 Aug; 16(8):559-63.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Excellence in teaching, Alpha Omega Alpha, 1998
    • Honorable mention, American Academy on Physician and Patient¬†, 2003
    • Mack Lipkin Sr. Award, Society for General Internal Medicine National Meeting , 2003
    • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching , 2009


    • American College of Physicians
    • Society for General Internal Medicine
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