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 Naylor, PhD, RN is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has led a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and disseminating research findings designed to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their caregivers. She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple National Institutes of Health clinical trials and foundation sponsored translational efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes, while decreasing use of costly health services.

In recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to science and health care, Dr. Naylor has received multiple honors including election to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Career Award, and the NAM’s Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care. She completed six-year terms as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as a board member of the National Quality Forum, and as a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Naylor is a member of the NAM’s Leadership Consortium: Collaboration for a Learning Health System and co-chairs the Consortium’s Culture Inclusion & Equity Action Collaborative. She is a founding convening member of the Coalition for Trust in Health & Science.

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