Mary Sue Beran, MD, MPH
Clinician Investigator

Joined the Institute: Park Nicollet Institute, 2003; HealthPartners Institute, 2016

Education and training: MD, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis; Internship in general internal medicine, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis; Residency in general internal medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis; MPH, University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health; Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of California Los Angeles Department of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research.

Overview/research interests:
Dr. Beran is an internist at Park Nicollet Clinic and a clinician investigator at HealthPartners Institute. Her work is focused on improving the delivery and quality of care for patients with chronic disease.  Specific interests include patient and physician communication, measures of health care quality and innovative models for health care delivery in primary care. Recent projects include a comprehensive evaluation of the medical home care delivery model, qualitative work on physician and patient perceptions of pay for performance measures, and understanding the patient and physician perspective of Medicare Annual Wellness visits. She designed and led the implementation of a team-based care model at a primary care internal medicine clinic and is currently involved in a multiyear project evaluating the role of pharmacist-led telehealth blood pressure monitoring for patients with hypertension.

Current research activities and funding:

  • Co-investigator on the Hyperlink study (PI, Karen Margolis) funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Sr. Research Investigator, MD, Primary care, pediatrics
  • Publications While At Healthpartners
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • The role of care coordination: a qualitative study of care coordinator perceptions
    Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 2024
  • Care coordination in primary care: mapping the territory
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2023
  • Association of an automated blood pressure measurement quality improvement program with terminal digit preference and recorded mean blood pressure in 11 clinics
    JAMA network open. 2022
  • Comparing pharmacist-led telehealth care and clinic-based care for uncontrolled high blood pressure: the Hyperlink 3 pragmatic cluster-randomized trial
    Hypertension (Dallas, Tex.. 2022
  • Comparison of explanatory and pragmatic design choices in a cluster-randomized hypertension trial: effects on enrollment, participant characteristics, and adherence
    Trials. 2022
  • Reach in a pragmatic hypertension trial: a critical RE-AIM component
    Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2022
  • Experiences and perceptions of patients with uncontrolled hypertension who are dissatisfied with their hypertension care
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2021
  • Primary care physician perspectives on using team care in clinical practice
    Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2021
  • Design of a pragmatic cluster-randomized trial comparing telehealth care and best practice clinic-based care for uncontrolled high blood pressure
    Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2020
  • Key components of success in a randomized trial of blood pressure telemonitoring with medication therapy management pharmacists
    Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2018
  • Potential clinical impact of abdominal aortic calcification on bone density lateral spine images
    Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2016
  • Medicare annual wellness visits. Understanding the patient and physician perspective
    Minnesota Medicine. 2015
  • Patient and physician communication about weight management: can we close the gap?
    American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2008
  • Clinician gender is more important than gender concordance in quality of HIV care
    Gender Medicine. 2007
  • High deductible health plans, pay-for-performance incentives and the patient-physician relationship
    Minn Physician. 2007
  • Medication costs: the role physicians play with their senior patients
    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2007
  • Views of primary care providers on follow-up care of cancer patients
    Family Medicine. 2007
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