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 Policy & Practice, Law, and Veterinary Medicine.



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April 19: Campus-wide research retreat on decision-making in serious illness
The retreat will held from 8:30-4:00 on April 19th in Houston Hall. It is designed to develop Penn’s research strategy related to improving decision-making in advanced, serious illness. Registration is free, but is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

LDI Senior Fellows receive School of Medicine Awards of Excellence
Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award- Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award- Virginia Chang, MD, PhD
Arthur Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award- Harold Feldman, MD, MSCE

G.J. Melendez-Torres, a 2008 SUMR Scholar, receives the 2011 Marshall Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded for study at any university in the United Kingdom. G.J. will study at Oxford for the MPhil in Evidence-Based Social Intervention.

LDI Working Group Grant- Conference Proceedings
LDI Senior Fellow Karin Rhodes, MD prepared Conference Proceedings "Improving the Primary-Specialty Care Interface: A Conference to Promote Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects" resulting from a LDI Working Group Grant.

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD receives Patricia Price Brown Prize
Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, LDI Senior Fellow, Director of the Center for Bioethics, and Emanuel and Robert Hart Chair of Bioethics, was selected to receive the Patricia Price Brown Prize in Biomedical Ethics. This $10,000 prize administered by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is given every two years to an individual who demonstrates high standards in the medical or professional ethics fields.

Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, receives Policy Luminary Award

Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, LDI Senior Fellow, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health was chosen by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) as the 2010 winner of the Policy Luminary Award. The award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding nurse leaders and their contribution to public policy.

Students looking for projects
Many of us receive requests from students looking to get involved in research.  And many of us also have projects that are good for these students.  LDI has decided to facilitate some matchmaking.

Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA, Professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, comments on WHYY Radio about two newer models of primary care--concierge care and membership-based practices. (2/22/11) Doctor offers 'concierge care' with smaller price tag

David Casarett, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about difficult decisions surrounding end-of-life care.  (2/14/2011) Ex-surgeon at Lankenau now a pioneer in end-of-life services

Zachary Meisel, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, writes a regular Medical Insider column for (1/12/2011) The Health IT Paradox: Why More Data Doesn't Always Mean Better Care (2/2/2011) Why Belly Pain is Such a Headache for ER Doctors (2/9/2011) Roundtable: Can We Reduce CT Radiation in the ER

Mark Pauly, PhD, Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management, was interviewed by the Washington Post's Ezra Klein about the history of the individual mandate for health insurance. (2/1/2011) An interview with Mark Pauly, father of the individual mandate

Justin Bekelman, MD
, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, was featured in Radiology Today about new advances and treatments for prostate cancer. (1/1/2011) Treating Prostate Cancer

Zachary Meisel, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, co-authored a column with Dr. Jesse M. Pines for Medical Insider about "McDonald's Medicine," the patient-driven demand for immediate medical care. (1/26/11) McDonald's Medicine: Too Impatient to Wait for Care?

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, Professor of Medicine, wrote a commentary for the Philadelphia Inquirer on how appropriate health care might have prevented the January 8th shooting in Tuscon, Arizona. (1/18/11) Loughner needed a doctor 

Bob Herbert, New York Times  columnist, referred to a 2009 study led by LDI Senior Fellows Charles Branas, Therese Richmond, Dennis Culhane, Thomas Tenhave, and Douglas Wiebe that estimated people with a gun were 4.5 times more likely to be shot during an assault than someone in the same situation without a gun. (1/17/11) How Many Deaths Are Enough?

Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, MPH, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, spoke to the New York Times about patients negotiating prices with their health care providers. (11/7/11) A Talk With the Doctor May Help Patients Afford Care

Archived Senior Fellow Sightings

Issue Brief
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LDI "Issue Briefs" highlight current issues and developments in health services research.

February Issue Brief:
Evaluating Health Information Technology’s
Clinical Effects

Volume 16, Number 4 - February 2011

Archived Issue Briefs

LDI Senior Fellows include faculty from across Penn's Campus. For a complete listing of LDI Senior Fellows and their research interests, follow this link:

LDI Senior Fellows

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are 12-1:30 pm. in the Colonial Penn Center auditorium 3641 Locust Walk

2010-2011 Seminar Calendar

LDI, the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School, and the VA Center of Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) co-sponsor a summer program for undergraduates to get experience exploring the field of health services research.

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