Inspired to Serve

School of Medicine alumna wins the John Carroll Award for 17 years of leadership

Mary Beth Connell, MDMary Beth Connell, MD (M’89, Parent’17)

In April, Mary Beth Connell, MD (M’89, Parent’17) received the John Carroll Award for embodying Jesuit values in her profession and for her longtime service to the Georgetown community. In her career as a practitioner of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Connell puts cura personalis first.

“The Jesuit values—care of the whole person, men and women for others, the idea of service—really make a difference to a Georgetown-trained physician, and the Jesuit spirituality of seeing God in all things and all people impacts my patient care,” Connell says.

After medical school, Connell worked as a specialist providing inpatient and outpatient care for musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. She is currently the pre-health programs coordinator for Georgetown University.

“I’m a better physician for having attended Georgetown School of Medicine— more empathetic, and better able to treat the whole patient, draw the family in, and work as part of a team to deliver the best care possible for the patient,” Connell says. “Georgetown gave me my ability to practice this profession, and so it’s a privilege and a responsibility to give back.”

She enjoys mentoring students in their medical careers and serving her alma mater. Her service to the university began in 1993 for the Georgetown Clinical Society, which she led from 2003–2004. She served as chair of the Medical Alumni Board; president of the alumni association; member of the Board of Directors; and president and chair of the Board of Governors.

Connell accepted her award at the Alumni Association’s annual John Carroll Weekend in Austin, Texas.

“It’s been an incredible honor to present the John Carroll Award to alumni in London and in Miami. I never thought the day would come that I would be given this honor,” says Connell. “I feel blessed and humbled. It’s daunting to look at the list of past alumni who have received it.”

Connell lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Marc D. Connell, MD (C’80, G’83, M’86, R’92), and their three children: Marc Jr. (F’17), Woods, and Catherine.