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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

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Carnegie 446D1
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)
    • The University of Chicago / Internal Medicine (2002)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (2003)


    • 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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