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Mary Catherine

Mary Catherine Beach

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine

Contact Info

2024 E Monument Street, Suite 2500

Research Interests

patient-clinician communication; health care quality; HIV/AIDS; sickle cell disease; respect
Experiences & Accomplishments
Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH is a professor of Medicine and Core Faculty in the Berman Bioethics Institute and the Center for Health Equity, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Health Behavior & Society), at Johns Hopkins University. A former Greenwall fellow (Bioethics and Health Policy), health policy fellow in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award, Dr. Beach’s scholarship about respect and relationships in healthcare encompasses both empirical and conceptual dimensions.

Dr. Beach’s empirical work has focused primarily on respect and communication between patients and clinicians. For the last several years, most of Dr. Beach’s research has centered on people living with HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease (SCD). Her empirical work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation. Dr. Beach is on the editorial board for Patient Education and Counseling and on the Advisory Board for Communication in Medicine.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Beach serves as co-chair of an Institutional Review Board (IRB), Course Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program (a course spanning 2 years in the School of Medicine curriculum that guides students through a mentored scholarly project), and Director of the TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research training program (a year-long interdisciplinary program).
Honors & Awards
2010 Jozien Bensing Award for Outstanding Research contributing to Effective Healthcare Communication, European Association for Communication in Healthcare

2015 David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

2017 22nd annual George L. Engel Award for Outstanding Research contributing to the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effective Healthcare Communication and Related Skills” Academy of Communication in Healthcare