Catherine Finneran, MD

Catherine Finneran, MD

Instructor in Medicine

Catherine Finneran, MD, MPH, is an Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Prior to joining the Division, Dr. Finneran worked in public health research and programming in the Southeastern United States, where she contributed to projects addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among sexual minorities and gender-diverse persons. A passionate researcher, her area of interest comprises ways in structural violence and oppression impact persons most at risk for health care disparities. Her work also focuses on graduate medical education of intern and resident physicians, with a special interest in infectious diseases, antibiotic management, and early identification and treatment of sepsis.   


  • BA, Anthropology: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (2008)
  • MPH: Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA (2011)
  • Medical Degree: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (2020)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2023)

Clinical Interests

HIV/AIDS, sexual health, gender minority health, LGTBQ+ health, healthcare disparities, research methods, epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted infections, clinical instruction, inpatient care, hospital medicine

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Stephenson R, Garofalo R, Sullivan PS, Hidalgo MA, Bazzi AR, Hoehnle S, Bratcher A, Finneran CA, Mimiaga MJ. Stronger Together: Results from a Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial of a Dyadic Intervention to Improve Engagement in HIV Care Among Serodiscordant Male Couples in Three US Cities. AIDS Behav. 2021 Aug;25(8):2369-2381. 

Finneran C, Johnson Peretz J, Blemur D, Palefsky J, Flowers L. “That’s Only for Women”: The Importance of Educating HIV-Positive Sexual Minority Men on HPV and High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA). J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2021 Jan-Dec;20:23259582211016134.

Bazzi AR, Fergus KB, Stephenson R, Finneran CA, Coffey-Esquivel J, Hidalgo MA, Hoehnle S, Sullivan PS, Garofalo R, Mimiaga MJ. A Dyadic Behavioral Intervention to Optimize Same Sex Male Couples’ Engagement Across the HIV Care Continuum: Development of and Protocol for an Innovative Couples-based Approach (Partner Steps). JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Aug 25;5(3):e168. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6271. PMID: 27562905; PMCID: PMC5016626. 

Goldenberg T, Finneran C, Andes KL, Stephenson R. Using participant-empowered visual relationship timelines in a qualitative study of sexual behaviour. Glob Public Health. 2016 May-Jul;11(5-6):699-718. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1170869. Epub 2016 Apr 19. PMID: 27092985. 

Stephenson R, Finneran C, Goldenberg T, Coury-Doniger P, Senn TE, Urban M, Schwartz A, Sullivan P. Willingness to use couples HIV testing and discussion of sexual agreements among heterosexuals. Springerplus. 2015 Apr 8;4:169. doi: 10.1186/s40064-015-0939-1. PMID: 25897413; PMCID: PMC4395621. 

Finneran C, Stephenson R. Intimate Partner Violence, Minority Stress, and Sexual Risk-Taking Among US MSM. J Homosex. 2013 Nov 18. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2014.865450. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 24245650. 

Finneran C, Stephenson R. Intimate partner violence among men who have sex with men: a systematic review. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2013 Apr;14(2):168-85. 

Oral Presentations

Stephenson R, Finneran C. Recent Experience of Intimate Partner Violence Reduces Self-Reported Condom Negotiation Efficacy among Gay and Bisexual Men. International AIDS Society Conference. 2013. Oral presentation.  

Stephenson R, Finneran C. The IPV-GBM Scale: A New Scale to Measure Intimate Partner Violence among Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS. 2012. Oral presentation.  

Finneran C, Stephenson R. Intimate Partner Violence, Minority Stress, and Sexual Risk-Taking among U.S. MSM. National HIV Prevention Conference. 2011. Oral presentation.  

Poster Presentations

Finneran C, Reno H. Assessment of Adoption of CDC Treatment Guidelines of Treatment of N. gonorrhea infections. STI World Congress. 2023. Poster presentation. 

Finneran C, Chard A, Sineath C, Sullivan P, Stephenson R. Perceived HIV Risk, Seriousness, and Ability to Avoid Infection among MSM in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, and Thailand. AIDS Conference. 2012. Poster presentation. 

Finneran C, Stephenson R. Intimate Partner Violence, Minority Stress, and Sexual Risk-Taking among U.S. MSM. International AIDS Society Conference. 2011. Poster presentation.