Mark Neuman Wins 2015 Marjorie Bowman New Investigator Award
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Mark Neuman, MD, MSc, has won the 2015 Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Award (Related article: four other LDI Senior Fellows received Penn Medicine excellence awards).
In his announcement, Perelman Dean Larry Jameson noted that the honor recognizes early career "achievement in the health evaluation sciences, with a particular emphasis on patient-oriented research that addresses fundamental clinical problems as well as the organization and delivery of health care."
The award, which comes with a $3,000 prize, will be presented at Penn Medicine's annual Awards of Excellence Banquet on November 18.
Neuman, an LDI Senior Fellow, researches the health-system level determinants of long-term outcomes of surgery and acute care among older U.S. adults, with an emphasis on variations in care delivered in discrete settings -- such as acute-care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
Neuman's latest study
A week ago his latest study, co-authored with Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, found that cardiac surgery patients who were not married had about 40% greater odds of dying or developing a new disability during the next two years than married cardiac patients. The findings extended prior work suggesting that the state of marriage confers postoperative survival advantages -- a benefit probably related to the role of social supports in influencing a patient's choice of hospitals and self care."
In the last several days, news stories of Neuman's cardiac-surgery-and-marriage study have been published or broadcast by more than 200 major media outlets around the world.
The Penn Medicine Bowman Award was endowed by and named for Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA, founding chair of the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the first female chair of a clinical department in the Penn School of Medicine.