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Mara A. Schonberg, MD, MPH

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


mschonbe@bidmc.harvard.edu

Mara A. Schonberg, MD, MPH

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor in Medicine, General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Dr. Mara Schonberg, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as a researcher and staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care. Her research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention among older adults. Her work has focused on delivery of preventive health care to older adults including, 1) decision-making and outcomes of mammography screening among older women; 2) physician counseling around mammography, exercise, and joint replacement surgery to older adults; and 3) examining how older women value preventive health services and trust medical recommendations about disease prevention. With support from a National Research Service Award, she examined what factors influence women over 80 years to be screened with mammography and how physicians counsel elderly women about mammography. With support from an NIA K23 grant, she is now examining the pschological impact and decision-making of older women after an abnormal mammogram.

Publications

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  • Schonberg MA, Breslau ES. Mammography screening for women aged 70 and older: at a crossroads. J Am Geriatr Soc 2015; 63:170-2. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Birdwell RL, Bychkovsky BL, Hintz L, Fein-Zachary V, Wertheimer MD, Silliman RA. Older women's experience with breast cancer treatment decisions. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2014; 145:211-23. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Hamel MB, Davis RB, Griggs MC, Wee CC, Fagerlin A, Marcantonio ER. Development and evaluation of a decision aid on mammography screening for women 75 years and older. JAMA Intern Med 2014; 174:417-24. PubMed
  • Drazer MW, Prasad SM, Huo D, Schonberg MA, Dale W, Szmulewitz RZ, Eggener SE. National trends in prostate cancer screening among older American men with limited 9-year life expectancies: Evidence of an increased need for shared decision making. Cancer 2014. 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
  • Drazer MW, Huo D, Schonberg MA, Razmaria A, Eggener SE. Population-Based Patterns and Predictors of Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening Among Older Men in the United States. J Clin Oncol 2011. 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, 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
  • 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,Silliman RA,Marcantonio ER. Weighing the benefits and burdens of mammography screening among women age 80 years or older. J Clin Oncol 2009; 27:1774-80. 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
  • Schonberg MA,Leveille SG,Marcantonio ER. Preventive health care among older women: missed opportunities and poor targeting. Am J Med 2008; 121:974-81. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA,York M,Basu N,Olveczky D,Marcantonio ER. Preventive health care among older women in an academic primary care practice. Womens Health Issues 2008; 18:249-56. 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
  • 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
  • Schonberg MA, Marcantonio ER, Wee CC. Receipt of exercise counseling by older women. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006; 54:619-26. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Wee CC. Menopausal symptom management and prevention counseling after the Women's Health Initiative among women seen in an internal medicine practice. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2005; 14:507-14. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, Davis RB, Wee CC. After the Women's Health Initiative: decision making and trust of women taking hormone therapy. Womens Health Issues 2005; 15:187-95. PubMed
  • Schonberg MA, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, Phillips RS, Hamel MB. Breast cancer screening in women aged 80 and older: results from a national survey. J Am Geriatr Soc 2004; 52:1688-95. PubMed
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