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Mary Beth Hamel, MD, MPH

Research Concentrations

• Patient Decision Making
• End-of-Life Care
• Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

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Professional Biography

View Dr. Hamel's  CV (PDF)

View Dr. Hamel's publication history at PubMed Author Search

View Dr. Hamel's professional research networking profile at Harvard Catalyst

Dr. Hamel's research has focused on decision-making, clinical outcomes and costs of intensive care and major surgery for elderly patients. She has evaluated patterns of resource use, physician decision-making, and clinical outcomes from invasive treatments. She has examined the effect of older age on hospital costs and intensity of hospital care, and on decisions to withhold life-sustaining therapies for seriously ill patients. Her work also has included evaluations of the cost-effectiveness of  a variety of treatment strategies in elderly patients with chronic and serious illnesses.  Dr. Hamel is a Deputy Editor for the New England Journal of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School..

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Hamel MB, Henderson WG, Khuri SF, Dale J. Surgical outcomes for patients age 80 and older: morbidity and mortality form major noncardiac surgery. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005; 53:424-429.
2. Rosen AB, Hamel MB, Weinstein MC, Cutler Dm, Fendrick Am, Vijan S.  Cost-effectiveness of full medicare coverage of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors for beneficiaries with diabetes. Ann Intern Med 2005; 143:89-99.
3. Hamel MB, Toth M, Legedza A, Rosen MP. Joint replacement surgery in elderly patients with severe osteoarthritis of the hip or knee - decision making, postoperative recovery and clinical outcomes. Arch Intern Med 2008;168:1430-1440.
4. Mitchell SL, Teno JM, Kiely DK, Shaffer ML, Jones JN, Prigerson HG, Volicer L, Givens JL, Hamel MB. The Clinical Course of Advanced Dementia. N Engl J Med 2009;361:1529-1538.
5. Loo TS, Davis RB, Lipsitz LA, Irish J, Bates C, Agarwal K, Markson L, Hamel MB.  Electronic medical record reminders and panel management to improve primary care of elderly patients. Arch Intern Med. 2011; 171:1552-1558.