About LDI

With a gift from Leonard and Sophie Davis, the University of Pennsylvania established the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) in 1967, two years after Congress enacted Medicare. It was created to fill fundamental gaps in the evidence base that could inform policies critical to the financing and management of the nation's increasingly costly and complex health care system. Today, LDI is considered one of the world’s leading university-based programs of its kind. LDI and its Senior Fellows are among the pioneers in interdisciplinary health services research that has helped guide health policies at all levels of government and the private sector. More than 200 LDI Senior Fellows work to improve the health of the public through studies on the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered.

As Penn’s lead center for research, policy analysis, and education in health systems, LDI is one of the first university programs to successfully cultivate collaborative scholarship among typically disparate disciplines. LDI is a cooperative venture among Penn’s health professions, business, and communications schools (Medicine, Wharton, Nursing, Dental Medicine, and Annenberg School for Communication) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with linkages to other Penn schools, including Arts & Sciences, Education, Social Work, Law, and Veterinary Medicine.

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Past Executive Directors
 
David A. Asch, M.D. 1998 - 
J. Sanford Schwartz, M.D. 1989 - 1998
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. 1984 - 1989
John C. Hershey, Ph.D. 1983 - 1984
William P. Pierskalla, Ph.D. 1978 - 1983
Samuel P. Martin III, M.D. 1974 - 1978
Robert D. Eilers, Ph.D. 1967 - 1974

Senior Fellows
LDI's Senior Fellows include some of the world's most distinguished scholars in medicine, management,economics, insurance, nursing, dental medicine, anthropology, communications, sociology, education, history,engineering, and law. Its resources in the health, management, social, and behavioral sciences produce scholarship that ranks LDI among the world's leading centers of its kind.

LDI Staff

lLDI Executive Staff

David A. Asch, MD, MBA
Executive Director
209 Colonial Penn Center
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218
215-898-5611

asch@wharton.upenn.edu

 
Levy

Joanne H. Levy, MBA, MCP
Deputy Director
214 Colonial Penn Center

3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218

215-898-1655
levyj@wharton.upenn.edu

 

Elisabeth Madden
Assistant to the Executive Director
209 Colonial Penn Center

3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218

215-898-5611
maddene@wharton.upenn.edu

 

Megan Pellegrino
Research Coordinator
209 Colonial Penn Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104

215-573-9387
meganpel@wharton.upenn.edu

LDI Business Office

Diane Erdlen
Business Administrator
G6A Colonial Penn Center
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218

215-898-9713
erdlen@wharton.upenn.edu

 
Renee Zawacki
Financial Coordinator
G6 Colonial Penn Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-4238
rzawacki@wharton.upenn.edu

LDI Research Program
Polsky, Dan

Daniel E. Polsky, PhD, MPP
Director of Research

1204 Blockley Hall

Phildelphia, PA 19104-6021
215-573-5752
polsky@mail.med.upenn.edu

 
Groeneveld, Peter

Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS
Director, LDI Health Services Research Data Center

1229 Blockley Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-2569
petergro@mail.med.upenn.edu

 
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Rebecca Speck, MPH
Research Project Manager
4th Floor Colonial Penn Center
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
speckr@mail.med.upenn.edu

 
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Gina Pugliano, MA
Project Manager
1235 Blockley Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-573-2771
ginapug@mail.med.upenn.edu

LDI Health Policy Program

Janet Weiner, MPH
Associate Director for Health Policy
305 Colonial Penn Center
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218

weinerja@mail.med.upenn.edu

 
Grande,David

David Grande, MD
LDI Instructor
407 Colonial Penn Center
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6218

215-573-3804
dgrande@wharton.upenn.edu