• 2024 East Monument Street
  • Room 2-500
  • Baltimore, MD 21205

Mary Catherine Beach

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Beach is a Core Faculty Member of the Berman Bioethics Institute and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Dr. Beach received her B.A. from Barnard College, her MD from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins. She has completed the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy as well as a fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Beach was a Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, where she worked on such issues as the patients rights, mental health parity, human subject protection, genetic discrimination, human cloning and stem cell research. Dr. Beach is a past recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award and a K-08 Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is currently conducting research on the theoretical foundations of respect and the impact of physician attitudes and patient-physician communication on patients in the primary care setting, in the treatment of HIV and substance abuse, and in the treatment of sickle cell disease.


BA, Barnard College
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Recent Publications:

Beach, M. C., Roter, D., Korthuis, P. T., Epstein, R. M., Sharp, V., Ratanawongsa, N., Cohn, J., Eggly, S., Sankar, A., Moore, R. D., Saha, S. (2013). A multicenter study of physician mindfulness and health care qualityThe Annals of Family Medicine11(5), 421-428.

Saha, S., Beach, M. C. (2011). The impact of patient-centered communication on patients’ decision making and evaluations of physicians: A randomized study using video vignettesPatient Education and Counseling, 84(3), 386-392.

Selected earlier publications

Beach, M. C., Duggan, P. S., Cassell, C. K., Geller, G. (2007). What does ‘respect’ mean? Exploring the moral obligation of health professionals to respect patientsJournal of General Internal Medicine22(5), 692-695.

Beach, M. C., Roter, D. L., Wang, N. Y., Duggan, P. S., Cooper, L. A. (2006). Are physicians’ attitudes of respect accurately perceived by patients and associated more positive communication behaviors? Patient Education and Counseling62(3), 347-354.

Beach M. C., Keruly, J., Moore, R. D. (2006). Is the quality of the patient-provider relationship associated with better adherence and health outcomes for patients with HIV? Journal of General Internal Medicine21(6), 661-665.