Sarah Lou Clever, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Spanish


Internal Medicine

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 410-847-3565
10751 Falls Road
Falls Concourse, Suite 303
Lutherville, MD 21093
Fax: 410-578-2859
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As a concierge physician and general internist, I am grateful for the opportunity to develop longitudinal relationships with my patients. I believe in meeting my patients where they are, as they are, and listening first. Then, we work together with the shared goal of their best possible health. A healthy lifestyle is the first step; keeping people healthy is my favorite thing to do. I am also constantly updating my medical knowledge so that my patients can benefit from the highest-quality medical advances and approaches. I am adept at coordinating care across multiple specialists when needed, and ensuring that my patients feel supported through their medical journeys.

I received my AB in History at Stanford and my MD from Yale. I completed training in internal medicine at the University of Washington, where the medical students nominated me to the medical honors society, Alpha Omega Alpha, in recognition of outstanding teaching. I was selected to be a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and obtained my M.S. in health studies at the University of Chicago, focusing on patient-physician communication. In 2003, I joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in General Internal Medicine. I served as a course and clerkship director for medical students, an outpatient preceptor for the Internal Medicine residents, and was Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. My work was recognized by the Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Council Diversity Leadership Award, and the Department of Medicine Ambulatory Teaching Award. I have been selected as a Baltimore Magazine Top Doctor, and as one of the Best Doctors in America by my peers for many years in a row. I was nominated 3 times as Best Physician at Johns Hopkins. I am a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. I continue to teach the medical students and residents.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my teenage twins and our dogs, Pepper and Levi. I am an avid reader, walker, cook, and baker, and enjoy time in the garden and with friends and family. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Yale School of Medicine (1996)


  • University of Washington School of Medicine (1999)


  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)
  • Internal Medicine; The University of Chicago Medical Center (2002)
  • Medicine; University of Washington School of Medicine (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1999)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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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 

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clever SL, Tulsky JA. Dreaded conversations: moving beyond discomfort in patient-physician communication. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Nov;17(11):893-894.

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.

Activities & Honors


  • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching , 2009
  • Honorable mention, American Academy on Physician and Patient , 2003
  • Mack Lipkin Sr. Award, Society for General Internal Medicine National Meeting , 2003
  • Excellence in teaching, Alpha Omega Alpha, 1998
  • Diversity Leadership Council Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins, 2012


  • American College of Physicians

Professional Activities

  • Research Compensation Committee, Johns Hopkins, 2015 - 2015
  • LGBTI Liaison Group, Association of American Medical Colleges Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Patient Care Project Advisory Committee, 2012 - 2016
  • Fellowship Advisory Committee, Johns Hopkins
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