Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH

Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH

mschap@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Professor, Medicine, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH is a native of Montreal, Canada. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan School of Medicine and Public Health where she obtained an MD and MPH in Health Planning and Administration. Dr. Schapira a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the Division of General Medicine and an investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA. She has been funded by the Department of Defense, NCI, VA HSR&D, and the American Cancer Society in the area of health numeracy, risk communication and medical decision making. Her work focuses on the development and evaluation of patient decision support tools and in the measurement of health literacy. She has developed a bilingual health measure of health numeracy using item response theory (IRT) and has evaluated the measure for use at point of care in the setting of a cancer treatment consultation. Dr. Schapira is pursuing additional studies related to risk communication and medical decision making in the context of pain management and cancer prevention, screening, and treatment decisions. She is currently funded by a VA HSR&D Merit Award to develop and evaluate value preference assessment and shared decision making strategies for lung cancer screening among Veterans. Dr. Schapira is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Decision Making. She is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard David Institute, an Associate Director of the National Scholars Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.