Before he became a physician and health services researcher, Pete Groeneveld, MD, MS was a computer engineer. He brings an engineer's fundamental traits—curiosity, creativity, analytic thinking, and attention to detail—to his research on comparative effectiveness, clinical outcomes evaluation, economic assessment, and social consequences of health care technology.
Dr. Groeneveld's career in medicine and health services research grew from a fascination with how to maximize the societal benefits of technology while using limited societal resources wisely. "I wanted to do something that directly helped people and explored the economic and social implications of the amazing medical innovations that have emerged in the past 50 years," he said. He has since built a research agenda on the comprehensive assessment of new technologies in cardiovascular health care.
A central aim of his research is to improve the value of health care by illuminating both the opportunities and downsides of expanded use of technology, such as the cost-effectiveness of automated external defibrillators on aircraft, the comparative effectiveness of carotid arterial stenting versus endarterectomy, and the value delivered by new devices such as transcatheter valve replacements. An additional aim is to enhance the equity of the U.S. health care system by demonstrating how the increasing complexity and costs of many new technologies can worsen long-established racial disparities in health care. His research has appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA-Internal Medicine, JAMA-Cardiology, Health Affairs, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Circulation. His research has been funded by the NIH, AHRQ, the VA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and various national foundations. In 2018 he was elected to the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the nation’s honor society of physician-scientists.
Dr. Groeneveld also maintains an active clinical practice as a primary care physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He is equally excited about providing primary care for veterans as with his research in health care technology. "The VA is a wonderful place to practice medicine. I feel very privileged to work there to be the primary care physician for so many great men and women who have bravely served our country," he said. He also points to the VA's strong commitment to comprehensive data collection and cutting-edge analytics as an invaluable resource for his research.
Dr. Groeneveld is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a Core Faculty Member of the VA's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), Director of Research at LDI, Director of LDI's Health Services Research Data Center, and Founding Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Cardiovascular Outcomes, Quality and Evaluative Research Center (CAVOQER). He received his undergraduate degree in Computer, Electrical, and Systems Engineering from Harvard, his medical degree from Tufts, and his Master of Science in Health Services Research from Stanford.