Catherine McCarty, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean of Research, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

Catherine McCarty

Contact Info

Office Phone 218-726-6351

Fax 218-726-7383

Office Address:
SMED 219

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
Medical School, Duluth Campus
219 Medical School
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Associate Dean of Research, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

Office for Research Support

Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, 1993

M.P.H. in Nutrition, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, 1990

M.S. in Bioethics, Clinical Ethics specialization, Clarkson University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2017

B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1986


Catherine A. McCarty, PhD, MPH, RD, was born and raised in Duluth, MN. She received her B.S. and MPH degrees in nutrition from the University of Minnesota and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She recently completed a master’s degree in bioethics with an emphasis in clinical ethics at Clarkson University. After completing her PhD, she was the Head of the Epidemiology Research Unit in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne, Australia for eight years. During that time, she directed a population-based study of eye disease in Victoria, Australia and collaborated on similar projects in Hyderabad and Chennai, India and on Hong Kong. Dr. McCarty returned to the US in 2001 as a Senior Research Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation where she was the Principal Investigator for the Personalized Medicine Research Project, a population-based biobank with more than 20,000 adult participants and 20 active research projects. 

She was the Director of the Research Division at Essentia Institute of Rural Health prior to taking up the position of Associate Dean for Research at the Medical School, Duluth campus, in February 2017. 

Dr. McCarty's awards include the Gwen Sebold research award at Marshfield Clinic, Alumni of the Year from her undergraduate college at the University of Minnesota and Silver and Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has published more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, earned more than $12 million in research grants, been invited to give many scientific talks, and mentored many students. She leads community engagement efforts for a PCORI-funded research network and has active research projects in the areas of trauma, genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetics. Dr. McCarty is a member of two clinical ethics committees at Essentia Health and teaches medical ethics



Provisional patent application, “Intraocular pressure response to topical b-blockers is associated with an ADRB2 SNP”.: M08012US


1. Eyer MM, Renier CM, Woehrle TA, Vogel LE, Conway PG, McCarty CA. Alcohol use at the time of traumatic brain injury: screening and brief intervention in a community hospital. J Trauma Nurs. 2017 Mar/Apr;24(2):116-124. PMID: 28272186

Impact Factor: 0.556; Sum of Times Cited: Document not currently indexed in Scopus; Dr McCarty contributed by being guarantor of integrity of entire study, developing Study design, manuscript preparation, and manuscript editing.

2. Pritchard DE, Moeckel F, Villa MS, Housman LT, McCarty CA, McLeod HL. Strategies for integrating personalized medicine into healthcare practice. Personalized Med 2017

Impact Factor: 1.0; Sum of Times Cited: 0; Dr McCarty contributed by defining intellectual content, data acquisition, manuscript editing, and manuscript review.

3. Dumitrescu L, Ritchie MD, Denny JC, El Rouby NM, McDonough CW, Bradford Y, Ramirez AH, Bielinski SJ, Basford MA, Chai HS, Peissig P, Carrell D, Pathak J, Rasmussen LV, Wang X, Pacheco JA, Kho AN, Hayes MG, Matsumoto M, Smith ME, Li R, Cooper-DeHoff RM, Kullo IJ, Chute CG, Chisholm RL, Jarvik GP, Larson EB, Carey D, McCarty CA, Williams MS, Roden DM, Bottinger E, Johnson JA, de Andrade M, Crawford DC. Genome-wide study of resistant hypertension identified from electronic health records. PLoS One. 2017 Feb 21;12(2):e0171745. PMID: 28222112

Impact Factor: 3.057; Sum of Times Cited: 0; Dr McCarty contributed by doing data acquisition, manuscript editing, and manuscript review.


Board Certifications

American Dietetic Association; Registered Dietician, 1988 

Community Engagement

Volunteer Reader, Twin Ports News of the Air Radio, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss , 2016 to present