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Ellen P. McCarthy, PhD, MPH

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Phone: (617) 754-1403
Fax: (617) 754-1440


emccarth@bidmc.harvard.edu

Ellen P. McCarthy, PhD, MPH

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Dean of Development and Diversity, Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Dr. McCarthy is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with expertise using large administrative databases and national surveys to address healthcare issues. Her primary area of research interest is to investigate disparities in cancer across the continuum of care from secondary prevention to diagnosis, treatment and end of life. She is Principal Investigator of two Research Scholar Grants funded by the American Cancer Society targeted at poor and underserved populations. She is particularly interested in decision-making at the end of life care for the very elderly and patients with advanced cancer, and on how disparities in cancer screening and cancer care affect cancer outcomes in racial/ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Dr. McCarthy has also published studies describing determinants of and variablity in mammography use in older women as well as the relationship between regular mammography use and breast cancer outcomes in older women. Dr. McCarthy was the receipient of the 2008 Harvard Medical School Young Mentor Award and the 2012 A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She is the Assistant Dean for Development and Diversity in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School.

Publications

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  • Schonberg MA, Breslau ES, Hamel MB, Bellizzi KM, McCarthy EP. Colon cancer screening in U.S. adults aged 65 and older according to life expectancy and age. J Am Geriatr Soc 2015; 63:750-6. PubMed
  • Aizer AA, Chen MH, McCarthy EP, Mendu ML, Koo S, Wilhite TJ, Graham PL, Choueiri TK, Hoffman KE, Martin NE, Hu JC, Nguyen PL. Marital status and survival in patients with cancer. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:3869-76. PubMed
  • Ferrante JM, Lee JH, McCarthy EP, Fisher KJ, Chen R, Gonzalez EC, Love-Jackson K, Roetzheim RG. Primary care utilization and colorectal cancer incidence and mortality among Medicare beneficiaries: a population-based, case-control study. Ann Intern Med 2013; 159:437-46. PubMed
  • Fisher KJ, Lee JH, Ferrante JM, McCarthy EP, Gonzalez EC, Chen R, Love-Jackson K, Roetzheim RG. The effects of primary care on breast cancer mortality and incidence among Medicare beneficiaries. Cancer 2013; 119:2964-72. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Breslau ES, McCarthy EP. Targeting of mammography screening according to life expectancy in women aged 75 and older. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013; 61:388-95. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Marcantonio ER, Ngo L, Li D, Silliman RA, McCarthy EP. Causes of Death and Relative Survival of Older Women After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis. J Clin Oncol 2011. PubMed
  • Smith AK, Ayanian JZ, Covinsky KE, Landon BE, McCarthy EP, Wee CC, Steinman MA. Conducting High-Value Secondary Dataset Analysis: An Introductory Guide and Resources. J Gen Intern Med 2011. PubMed
  • Mak RH, McCarthy EP, Das P, Hong TS, Mamon HJ, Hoffman KE. Adoption of Preoperative Radiation Therapy for Rectal Cancer From 2000 to 2006: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Patterns-of-Care Study. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010. PubMed
  • Smith AK, Schonberg MA, Fisher J, Pallin DJ, Block SD, Forrow L, McCarthy EP. Emergency department experiences of acutely symptomatic patients with terminal illness and their family caregivers. J Pain Symptom Manage 2010; 39:972-81. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Marcantonio ER, Li D, Silliman RA, Ngo L, McCarthy EP. Breast cancer among the oldest old: tumor characteristics, treatment choices, and survival. J Clin Oncol 2010; 28:2038-45. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Davis RB, McCarthy EP, Marcantonio ER. Index to predict 5-year mortality of community-dwelling adults aged 65 and older using data from the national health interview survey. J Gen Intern Med 2009; 24:1115-22. PubMed
  • Byfield SA, Earle CC, Ayanian JZ, McCarthy EP. Treatment and outcomes of gastric cancer among United States-born and foreign-born Asians and Pacific Islanders. Cancer 2009; 115:4595-605. PubMed
  • Hoffman KE, McCarthy EP, Recklitis CJ, Ng AK. Psychological distress in long-term survivors of adult-onset cancer: results from a national survey. Arch Intern Med 2009; 169:1274-81. PubMed
  • Smith AK,Fisher J,Schonberg MA,Pallin DJ,Block SD,Forrow L,Phillips RS,McCarthy EP. Am I Doing the Right Thing? Provider Perspectives on Improving Palliative Care in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med 2009; 54:86-93, 93.e1. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA,McCarthy EP. Mammography screening among women age 80 years and older: consider the risks. J Clin Oncol 2008; 27:640-1; author reply 641-2. PubMed
  • Smith AK,Earle CC,McCarthy EP. Racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care in fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; 57:153-8. PubMed
  • Wee CC,Huang A,Huskey KW,McCarthy EP. Obesity and the likelihood of sexual behavioral risk factors for HPV and cervical cancer. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008; 16:2552-5. PubMed
  • Smith AK,McCarthy EP,Paulk E,Balboni TA,Maciejewski PK,Block SD,Prigerson HG. Racial and ethnic differences in advance care planning among patients with cancer: impact of terminal illness acknowledgment, religiousness, and treatment preferences. J Clin Oncol 2008; 26:4131-7. PubMed
  • McCarthy EP,Pencina MJ,Kelly-Hayes M,Evans JC,Oberacker EJ,D'Agostino RB Sr,Burns RB,Murabito JM. Advance care planning and health care preferences of community-dwelling elders: the Framingham Heart Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2008; 63:951-9. PubMed
  • Smith AK,Ladner D,McCarthy EP. Racial/ethnic disparities in liver transplant surgery and hospice use: parallels, differences, and unanswered questions. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2008; 25:285-91. PubMed
  • Roetzheim RG, Chirikos TN, Wells KJ, McCarthy EP, Ngo LH, Li D, Drews RE, Iezzoni LI. Managed care and cancer outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities. Am J Manag Care 2008; 14:287-96. PubMed
  • Iezzoni LI, Ngo LH, Li D, Roetzheim RG, Drews RE, McCarthy EP. Treatment disparities for disabled medicare beneficiaries with stage I non-small cell lung cancer. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008; 89:595-601. PubMed
  • Ngo-Metzger Q, Phillips RS, McCarthy EP. Ethnic disparities in hospice use among Asian-American and Pacific Islander patients dying with cancer. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007; 56:139-44. PubMed
  • McCarthy EP, Ngo LH, Chirikos TN, Roetzheim RG, Li D, Drews RE, Iezzoni LI. Cancer stage at diagnosis and survival among persons with Social Security Disability Insurance on Medicare. Health Serv Res 2007; 42:611-28. PubMed
  • Sabatino SA, McCarthy EP, Phillips RS, Burns RB. Breast cancer risk assessment and management in primary care: provider attitudes, practices, and barriers. Cancer Detect Prev 2007; 31:375-83. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, McCarthy EP, York M, Davis RB, Marcantonio ER. Factors influencing elderly women's mammography screening decisions: implications for counseling. BMC Geriatr 2007; 7:26. PubMed
  • McCarthy EP, Ngo LH, Roetzheim RG, Chirikos TN, Li D, Drews RE, Iezzoni LI. Disparities in breast cancer treatment and survival for women with disabilities. Ann Intern Med 2006; 145:637-45. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Ramanan RA, McCarthy EP, Marcantonio ER. Decision making and counseling around mammography screening for women aged 80 or older. J Gen Intern Med 2006; 21:979-85. PubMed
  • Gelber RP, McCarthy EP, Davis JW, Seto TB. Ethnic disparities in breast cancer management among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ann Surg Oncol 2006; 13:977-84. PubMed
  • Sabatino SA, Burns RB, Davis RB, Phillips RS, McCarthy EP. Breast cancer risk and provider recommendation for mammography among recently unscreened women in the United States. J Gen Intern Med 2006; 21:285-91. PubMed
  • Sabatino SA, Burns RB, Davis RB, Phillips RS, Chen YH, McCarthy EP. Breast carcinoma screening and risk perception among women at increased risk for breast carcinoma: results from a national survey. Cancer 2004; 100:2338-46. PubMed
  • Cintron A, Hamel MB, Davis RB, Burns RB, Phillips RS, McCarthy EP. Hospitalization of hospice patients with cancer. J Palliat Med 2003; 6:757-68. PubMed
  • Ngo-Metzger Q, McCarthy EP, Burns RB, Davis RB, Li FP, Phillips RS. Older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders dying of cancer use hospice less frequently than older white patients. Am J Med 2003; 115:47-53. PubMed
  • McCarthy EP, Burns RB, Ngo-Metzger Q, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Hospice use among Medicare managed care and fee-for-service patients dying with cancer. JAMA 2003; 289:2238-45. PubMed
  • McCarthy EP, Burns RB, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Barriers to hospice care among older patients dying with lung and colorectal cancer. J Clin Oncol 2003; 21:728-35. PubMed
  • Wee CC, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Screening for cervical and breast cancer: is obesity an unrecognized barrier to preventive care? Ann Intern Med 2000; 132:697-704. PubMed
  • McCarthy EP, Phillips RS, Zhong Z, Drews RE, Lynn J. Dying with cancer: patients' function, symptoms, and care preferences as death approaches. J Am Geriatr Soc 2000; 48:S110-21. PubMed
  • Roetzheim RG, Lee JH, Ferrante JM, Gonzalez EC, Chen R, Fisher KJ, Love-Jackson K, McCarthy EP. The influence of dermatologist and primary care physician visits on melanoma outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries. J Am Board Fam Med 2013; 26:637-47. PubMed
  • Roetzheim RG, Ferrante JM, Lee JH, Chen R, Love-Jackson KM, Gonzalez EC, Fisher KJ, McCarthy EP. Influence of primary care on breast cancer outcomes among medicare beneficiaries. Ann Fam Med 2012; 10:401-11. PubMed
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