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Biography

Biography

The fictional namesake of the 1970s TV show, Marcus Welby, MD, made a big impression on Dr. Eileen McGrath. The genial doctor who made house calls---and an overarching love of people—are what motivated her to go into medicine. Dr. McGrath spent time in college with a family doctor, shadowing him as he tended to patients. She watched as he took care of people in jail, and delivered babies in Ithaca, NY. “He was a true family doctor,” she says. That inspired her choice of family medicine as her specialty.

Dr. McGrath’s Irish heritage is important to her. Her parents came from Ireland and she visits the Emerald Island every couple of years, where she has 68 first cousins. Dr. McGrath did her residency at UCLA and decided to stay in Santa Monica. She loves the weather, the ocean, the mountains and exercising outdoors. Her activities of choice are hiking, running and biking along beach trails. In her time off, she also enjoys travel. Her favorite places so far include Brazil, Argentina, Peru, South Africa and Japan. Her bucket list destination? The 7th continent: Antarctica.

Dr. McGrath's husband, Mark Needham MD, also practices family medicine. Their daughter is in pre-med, majoring in global health and Spanish. They also have two sons, one who resides in New York and is a professional dancer and choreographer, and another who is attending the UCLA Herb Alpert music school as a percussionist.

Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship
  • Providence St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA
Residency
  • Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA
Languages
  • English

Locations

Santa Monica Family Physicians
1831 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite B
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-8903
(424) 212-5933

Specialties

Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Primary Care Physician

Insurance

Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Medicare Adv PPO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Blue Shield Access + HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plus POS
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Oscar Health Plan EPO
  • Scan Senior Health Plan HMO
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
  • United Healthcare Medicare Adv
  • United Healthcare PPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • Saint John's Health Clinic

Medical Groups

Affiliated Medical Groups
  • Santa Monica Family Physicians