Scott A. Lorch, MD, MSCE, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and holds the Kristine Sandberg Knisely Endowed Chair in Neonatology. He is an attending neonatologist, the director of clinical research within the division of neonatology, and director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is centrally involved with research projects concerning health care organization, racial and socioeconomic disparities, perinatal epidemiology, health economics, and quality of care in the perinatal setting, particularly maternal and neonatal care. His work has investigated various measures of infant quality of care and analyses of various systems for delivering neonatal care, specifically using an instrumental variables approach and other methods to reduce systematic biases. Dr. Lorch has extensive experience in quantifying the quality of health care received by pediatric and adult patients, and identifying factors, such as socioeconomic factors, that are associated with poorer quality care. He also has experience using longitudinal cohorts of discharged premature infants to study the role of race and ethnicity on outcomes and health care use. Additionally, his other R01-funded work investigates the role of the health system on variations in patient outcomes, particularly around regionalization of health care services.
Dr. Lorch earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Medical Degree from Northwestern University in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) from the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.