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  • Friday, 19 June 2015

Patient Perspectives of Acute Pain Management in the Era of the Opioid Epidemic

Authors: Robert J. Smith, Karin Rhodes, Breah Paciotti, Sheila Kelly, Jeanmarie Perrone, Zachary F. Meisel

In the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Robert Smith and colleagues, including Karin Rhodes and Zachary Meisel, analyze patient perspectives on pain…

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In Memoriam: LDI's Seema Sonnad

  • Saturday, 30 May 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce to the LDI community the untimely death of Seema Sonnad, a dear friend, a colleague and a mentor. We extend our condolences to her husband, Henry Glick, professor of medicine and LDI senior fellow. Seema was an LDI Senior Fellow from 2003-2012 when…
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Scott Halpern Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

  • Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Scott Halpern has been elected to membership in the American Society For Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a century-old medical honors society that supports the research work
of physician-scientists.

Career accomplishment
New members were announced and inducted by the ASCI Council at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago. Nomination and election to ASCI…

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Therese Richmond Wins Distinguished Research Award

  • Monday, 11 May 2015

Photos: Megan Pellegrino

Therese Richmond on the podium at her award ceremony.

Penn School of Nursing Professor Therese Richmond has won the 13th Annual Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award.

Named for former Nursing School dean and pioneer of nurse scientist education, the award annually honors a faculty member who has…

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2015 WHCMAA Kissick Scholarship Goes to Gil Kaminski

  • Monday, 11 May 2015

First year Wharton MBA student Gil Kaminski has been named winner of the $15,000 2015 Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA) Kissick Scholarship.

The scholarship is given to a health care MBA student whose outside-the-classroom activities
First-year Wharton MBA student Gil Kaminski
involve significant…
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Kevin Volpp Wins ACTS-AFMR Distinguished Investigator Award

  • Monday, 11 May 2015
The Association of Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) have named Kevin Volpp winner of
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
the 2015 Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science.

'Distinguished investigator
Presented at the joint ACTS-AFMR Translational Science 2015 meeting in Washington,…

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2015 Winners of Wharton Kinney Alumni Scholarship Announced

  • Monday, 11 May 2015

Incoming Wharton Health Care Management MBA students Steven Cupps and Alex Wittenberg have been selected for $10,000 scholarships from the Kinney Alumni Scholarship fund.

Steven Cupps (top) and Alex Wittenberg (bottom) have won the 2015 Kinney Scholarship.
Established last year by the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA), the scholarship…
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Craig Umscheid, Medical News Today, Computer-Assisted Dermatology Diagnosis

  • Monday, 11 May 2015

An eighteen-month Penn Medicine analysis of a new computer-based dermatalogical diagnostic software found the tool showed promise and should be further studied. The software system contains data, including 28,000 photos, on over 1,300 skin diseases and conditions.

That VisualDx system study, originally published in the journal Diagnosis, and senior study…
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Ezekiel Emanuel: How to Solve the ER Problem

  • Monday, 11 May 2015

In a column in the New York Times, Ezekiel Emanuel details how a Seattle experiment with 13,500 of the sickest and most expensive set of patients reduced emergency room use by 27% over four years.

Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Chair of the Department…

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Jason Karlawish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Elder Fraud

  • Monday, 11 May 2015

The mild cognitive decline experienced by many older persons who do not have dementia make those elderly individuals vulnerable to financial fraud and subsequent financial disaster, Penn Medicine's Jason Karlawish emphasized in a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

Karlawish, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, Director…

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Charles Branas, Medscape, Economics-Driven Suicides

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015

A new study of economic downturns' relationship to suicides in Greece led by Charles Branas is the subject of an article in Medscape.

The study, which was co-authored by Brendan Carr
Charles Branas
and Douglas Wiebe, analyzed the patterns of austerity and prosperity along with the patterns of 11,505 Greek…
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Ezekiel Emanuel, OncologyNurseAdvisor, Cancer Patient Demands

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015

Despite the claims by many physicians that cancer patient demand is a major driver of high medical costs, a new study led by Ezekiel Emanuel found that clinically inappropriate demands occur in only 1% of oncology encounters, and clinicians comply with very few of those.

The study by a Penn Medicine…

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Giang Nguyen Named Executive Director, Penn Student Health Service

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015
Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and LDI Senior Fellow Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE, has been named
Giang Nguyen
Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service.

"I'm interested in the health of our students," Nguyen told the Daily Pennsylvanian, "but it's not just…

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David Casarett, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dementia-Related Suicide

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Commenting to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the case of Barbara Bitros -- a former hospice nurse planning to end her own life before dementia robs her of her identity -- Penn Medicine Director of Hospice and Palliative Care David Casarett noted that the reaction isn't unusual.

Bitros, a resident of Langhorne,…

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Linda Aiken Elected to Board of PA Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc.

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Penn Nursing Professor and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research Linda Aiken has been elected to the Board of Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), according to Penn Nursing Science News.

Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, conducts research on the health care workforce and quality…
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Robert Town, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, High-Cost Care

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

 Robert Town is quoted in a major Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article exploring the unusually high costs of some hospital care in its region of Wisconsin. 

Town, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an LDI Senior Fellow.

According to a 2014…

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Lawton Burns,, Hospital Costs

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Lawton Burns is quoted in an article on about the rising per-patient costs in many hospital systems, particularly those that have been part of recent mergers and acquisitions.
The article asks why economies of scale don't seem to work in hospital systems and suggests that the reason is higher…
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Penn Study Details Accuracy of 10 Wearable Pedometer Brands

  • Thursday, 12 February 2015

A new study of the accuracy of 10 different brands of digital, wearable pedometers co-authored by Mitesh Patel, Kevin Volpp and Penn medical student Meredith Case has generated an international flurry of publicity.

The wearable device study was conducted by having 14 people walk 500 and 1500 steps on a treadmill…
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Why One Health Economist Wants to Pay More for His Insurance

  • Thursday, 5 February 2015

By Hoag Levins

While labor leaders and some well-paid employee groups like Harvard professors rail against increased cost-sharing in health insurance as well as the coming "Cadillac Tax," a top health economist at the University of Pennsylvania has starkly different views about such cost containment measures.

Mark Pauly, PhD, a Professor…
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Robert Town, Phoenix Business Journal, Hospital Mergers

  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The 2013 study of hospital merger strategies and pricing impact co-authored by Wharton's Robert Town is the subject of an article in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Town, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton and an LDI Senior Fellow.

The Arizona newspaper details how Town's study,…

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