Dori Abel, MD is a Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also serves as an affiliate trainee at PolicyLab. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Health Policy Research with a Concentration in Healthcare Quality and Safety at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abel has a strong interest in health equity, medication adherence, and outcomes for children with chronic rheumatic disease. Her current work aims to explore the impact of treatment adherence on disease activity in children with arthritis and drivers of suboptimal adherence to improve disease outcomes and narrow the known disparity gaps. She plans to use this work to inform quality improvement initiatives focused on optimizing medication adherence.
Dr. Abel grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in an individualized major titled “A Gendered Examination of Global Health Inequalities.” She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was also a Health Justice Scholar. She completed her pediatrics residency at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University.