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Mariana P. Socal, MD

  • Associate Scientist

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Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 301
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

410-502-9238

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Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
MPP, Princeton University, 2010
MSc, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2008
MD, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2000

Overview

Dr. Socal is a physician trained in adult Neurology. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University and a PhD in Public Health/Health Systems from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Socal’s research focuses on improving pharmaceutical coverage and access to medicines for individuals living with chronic conditions. Her most recent work involves understanding biosimilar adoption, improving FDA regulation for follow-on insulins, and removing wasteful drugs from health insurers' formularies. Dr. Socal has testified before the U.S. Congress on drug pricing and the provisions established in H.R.3. Dr. Socal has also testified at the Food and Drug Administration on issues related to biopharmaceutical regulation, including insulins. Dr. Socal teaches courses on U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy and the U.S. Healthcare System.

Honors and Awards

2020 Excellence in Teaching (U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2019 Excellence in Teaching (U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2016 David and Elinor Bodian Scholarship Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2016 Henry K. and Lola Beye Scholarship in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2015 Teaching-As-Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources

2015 Gordis Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

2013 Gordis Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

2009 Research Fellowship, Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil

2008 Research Fellowship, Princeton University Grand Challenges Initiative and the Ford Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Socal MP, Greene JA. Interchangeable Insulins - New Pathways for Safe, Effective, Affordable Diabetes Therapy. N Engl J Med. 2020 Mar 12;382(11):981-983.
  • Socal MP, Sharfstein J, Greene JA. Critical Drugs for Critical Care: Protecting the US Pharmaceutical Supply in a Time of Crisis. American Journal of Public Health. 2020 Sept; 110(9): 1346–1347
  • Socal MP, Parasrampuria S, Anderson GF. Modifying the Criteria for Granting Orphan Drug Market Exclusivity. Value In Health. September 28, 2020 [Epub ahead of print] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2020.08.004
  • Socal MP, Anderson GF Older Americans' Preferences Between Lower Drug Prices and Prescription Drug Plan Choice, 2019. Am J Public Health. 2020 Mar;110(3):354-356.
  • Socal MP, Bai G, Anderson GF. Favorable Formulary Placement of Branded Drugs in Medicare Prescription Drug Plans When Generics Are Available. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Jun 1;179(6):832-833.