Mark Pauly Appointed Interim Director of LDI

Mark Pauly Appointed Interim Director of LDI

Dan Polsky Leaves Penn to Join Johns Hopkins University

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you know, Dan Polsky will be leaving Penn.  Yesterday Johns Hopkins University announced his appointment to their faculty.

I am pleased to announce that Mark Pauly has agreed to serve as the interim Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Mark is the Bendheim Professor in Health Care Management and in Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton.  He is an eminent scholar in health care management.  Amongst his many leadership roles, Mark was the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute from 1984 to 1989.

Dan Polsky

We appreciate Mark’s commitment to LDI as we finish the search process for the next Executive Director.  Updates on the progress of the LDI search will be provided in the next few weeks.

I want to take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to Dan for his vision and leadership of LDI over the past seven years. Dan’s tenure as Executive Director of LDI was defined by a campus-wide commitment to catalyzing and facilitating research collaborations. He was particularly effective due to significant investments in the research infrastructure (in terms of both people and data). As a result of his efforts, LDI doubled its membership and quadrupled the use of LDI’s research infrastructure for the $110 million in annual grant-funded research among its Senior Fellows. LDI’s national reputation grew dramatically during his tenure. This can be partially attributed to LDI’s research dissemination initiatives closing the gap between evidence and policy and LDI’s prioritization of Senior Fellow engagement in health policy. This was best demonstrated during LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium, an event which highlighted the influence of LDI’s scholarship addressing challenges to ensure a brighter future of health care in the U.S. 

We are all very proud of Dan and wish him well as he joins Johns Hopkins University as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics with joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.

Dawn A. Bonnell
Vice Provost for Research
Henry Robinson Towne Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
College Hall, Suite 118
The University of Pennsylvania, PA  19104