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Ellen P. McCarthy, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Dean of Development and Diversity, Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

Contact Info

Ellen McCarthy
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1309 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA, 02446
Mailstop: 2nd Floor
Phone: 617-754-1403
Fax: 617-754-1440


Jonathan Yee
Administrative Assistant
General Medicine and Primary Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1309 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA, 02446
Mailstop: Co-1309
Phone: 617-754-1448
Fax: 617-754-1440

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Palliative Care
Outcomes Research

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.


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