Mara E. Murray Horwitz, MD, MPH Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, University of California, San Francisco

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and a primary care physician in the Women's Health Unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC).

My research focuses on the integration of sexual and reproductive health care into primary care. I am particularly interested in improving primary care after pregnancy complications associated with future chronic diseases (e.g. preeclampsia associated with chronic hypertension and cardiovascular disease, CVD). Previously I have used administrative data to characterize postpartum health risks and acute care use after hypertensive pregnancies. My current work focuses on: (1) defining the role of the primary care clinicians in postpartum care, (2) understanding patterns of pregnancy-related CVD risk and follow-up at BMC, and (3) identifying multilevel barriers to postpartum follow-up at BMC. In the future, I hope to develop interventions that improve postpartum care coordination and primary care follow-up for BMC patients with elevated chronic disease risks.

Areas of Interest:
Primary care; Chronic disease prevention and management; Pregnancy-related CVD risk; Family planning; Care coordination; Health services research

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I am a primary care internist and researcher committed to improving health care outcomes and equity, and to helping build a more diverse workforce in medicine.

As a clinician, I strive to deliver high-quality and patient-centered care regardless of race, ethnicity, language, and sexual or gender identity. Family planning is a right, and I am honored to support individuals in choosing if, when, and how they want to have children. I am also committed to being accessible to postpartum individuals, who face many barriers to health care, through both in-person and virtual clinics.

As a researcher, my work focuses on preventive care (usually sexual and reproductive health care) in particular for structurally marginalized communities. My present work focuses on reducing social, informational, and financial barriers to improve continuity of care after pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, which are associated with future chronic disease.

In addition, I am particularly interested in helping to train, mentor, and sponsor individuals from underrepresented groups in medicine, such as people of color and first-generation college graduates, to build a workforce for the future that both reflects and meets the needs of our diverse patients.

Institutional Roles Related to DEIA
9/2021-7/2022 Assistant Director, Women's Health Network
3/2022-11/2022 Member, Faculty Development & Diversity Committee
12/2022-present Chair, Faculty Development & Diversity Committee

Externally Funded Grants Related to DEIA
4/1/2022-3/31/2025 American Heart Association Career Development Award

Pre notification From Hypertensive Pregnancy to Heart Health: Understanding and Addressing Multi-Level Barriers to Cardiovascular Health after Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
10/01/2023 - 09/01/2025 (PI)
March of Dimes

Adapting patient navigation to improve linkage to primary care after adverse pregnancy outcomes
04/01/2022 - 03/31/2025 (PI)
American Heart Association/AHA

From Hypertensive Pregnancy to Heart Health: Understanding and Addressing Multi-Level Barriers to Cardiovascular Health after Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
02/02/2024 - 02/01/2025 (PI)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS

Transitions in Health-Related Social Needs and Hypertension Management among High-Risk Postpartum Women
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
American Heart Association/AHA

Patient-provider racial concordance & severe maternal morbidity among patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
04/01/2023 - 03/31/2024 (PI)
American Heart Association/AHA


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  1. Murray Horwitz ME, Tabani A, Brédy GS, Flynn DB, Edwards CV, Curran NJ, Parikh NI. The effect of postpartum lifestyle interventions on blood pressure: a systematic literature review. J Hypertens. 2023 Aug 01; 41(8):1231-1238.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37404053
  2. Horwitz MEM, Edwards CV, Athavale P, McCloskey L, Cabral HJ, Benjamin EJ, Handley MA. The STAR-MAMA RCT: Bilingual Mobile Health Coaching for Postpartum Weight Loss. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Oct; 65(4):596-607.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37028566
  3. Edwards CV, Hassan H, Yildirim C, Ferri G, Verma KP, Murray Horwitz ME, Fillmore NR, Munshi NC. Peripheral blood monocyte count is a dynamic prognostic biomarker in multiple myeloma. Blood Adv. 2023 Feb 28; 7(4):482-490.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36409606; PMCID: PMC9979755; DOI: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2022008021;
  4. Murray Horwitz ME, Prifti CA, Battaglia TA, Ajayi AT, Edwards CV, Benjamin EJ, Yarrington CD, Parker SE. Prepregnancy Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in a Safety-Net Hospital. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 Apr; 32(4):401-408.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36827080; PMCID: PMC10329150; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2022.0322;
  5. Murray Horwitz ME, Fisher MA, Prifti CA, Rich-Edwards JW, Yarrington CD, White KO, Battaglia TA. Primary Care-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management After Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: a Narrative Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 03; 37(4):912-921.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34993867; PMCID: PMC8734553; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-07149-x;
  6. Murray Horwitz ME, Prifti CA, Fisher MA, Battaglia TA. Pregnancy-Related Weight Gain and the Obesity Epidemic-a Missed Opportunity: Systematic Review of Clinical Practice Recommendations. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 May; 37(6):1572-1574.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34518979; PMCID: PMC9085987; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-07030-x;
  7. Murray Horwitz ME, Rodriguez MI, Dissanayake M, Carmichael SL, Snowden JM. Postpartum health risks among women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, California 2008-2012. J Hypertens. 2021 05 01; 39(5):1009-1017. PMID: 33230021; PMCID: PMC8564993; DOI: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002711;
  8. Murray Horwitz ME, Molina RL, Battaglia TA. Preventing Chronic Diseases After Complicated Pregnancies in the COVID-19 Era: a Call to Action for PCPs. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 07; 36(7):2127-2129.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33782883; PMCID: PMC8006867; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-06734-4;
  9. Murray Horwitz ME, Pace LE, Schwarz EB, Ross-Degnan D. Use of contraception before and after a diabetes diagnosis: An observational matched cohort study. Prim Care Diabetes. 2021 08; 15(4):719-725. PMID: 33744164
  10. Wong J, Murray Horwitz M, Bertisch SM, Herzig SJ, Buysse DJ, Toh S. Trends in Dispensing of Zolpidem and Low-Dose Trazodone Among Commercially Insured Adults in the United States, 2011-2018. JAMA. 2020 12 01; 324(21):2211-2213. PMID: 33258882; PMCID: PMC7709087; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2020.19224;
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2021 Boston University: First Prize, 9th Annual CTSI Symposium Poster Session
2020-2022 Burnet Institute: Honorary Associate
2018 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute: Thomas O. Pyle Fellowship
2018 Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting: Best Women’s Health Oral Abstract Presentation
2018 Harvard School of Public Health: Women, Gender, and Health conference stipend
2016 Boston Medical Center: 2nd Prize Clinical Research, Senior Research Academic Day
2011 Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health: Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar
2010 University of California, San Francisco: MacKenzie Foundation Scholarship in Primary Care
2009 University of California, San Francisco: University-Community Partnerships Grant
2009 University of California, San Francisco: Global Health Frameworks Scholar
2009 University of California, San Francisco: Medical Scholars Program
2007 University of Pennsylvania: Summa Cum Laude
2005-2007 University of Pennsylvania: University Scholar

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