Mary Naylor

Senior Fellow

Mary Naylor, PhD, RN

  • Marian S. Ware Professor, Gerontology, Penn Nursing
  • Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, Penn Nursing

Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN is a Professor of Gerontology at the School of Nursing and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health. For over two decades, Dr. Naylor has designed, tested, implemented, and translated a model of transitional care to improve outcomes for older adults and their family caregivers. Dr. Naylor has also been a leader in building the evidence linking nursing to the quality of care delivered by nurses. With Mark Pauly, Naylor designed and directed the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Quality Initiative (INQRI) that supported research teams to advance the science of nursing through rigorous, interdisciplinary research, focused on new methods to facilitate and advance efforts to improve care for patients.

Dr. Naylor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2005; she is a member of NAM’s Leadership Consortium for Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs the Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative. She recently completed six-year terms as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), board member of the National Quality Forum and member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council. In 2016, she was honored with AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award, a recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research.

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