Judith Long Named Chief of General Internal Medicine

Judith Long Named Chief of General Internal Medicine

'This is as Exciting as it is Challenging - General Internal Medicine is at The Center of Health Reform'

Judith A. Long, MD, has been named Division of General Internal Medicine Chief in the Perelman School of Medicine's Department of Medicine, according to an announcement by department chair Michael Parmacek, MD. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Parmacek's statement said Long's task is to "build upon the strong foundation of excellence and take the Division in exciting new directions."

"This is as exciting as it is challenging," said Long, an LDI Senior Fellow who has been at Penn for
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LDI Senior Fellow Judith Long, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at both the Perelman School and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Co-Director of the Philadelphia VA Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT).

16 years. "General Internal Medicine is in the thick of the reforms now sweeping health care. We want to lead the way in Penn's efforts in areas like population health, primary care redesign, and quality improvement."

100+ clinicians
The Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) oversees more than 100 clinicians across a variety of inpatient and outpatient sites, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Penn Medicine Radnor, PennCare facilities, and GoodShepherd Penn Partners' Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine.

The Division is also responsible for a major part of the clinical teaching of medical students and residents in the various facilities and is at the center of health policy and health services research at the University of Pennsylvania. Among the Division’s investigators are LDI Senior Fellows David Asch, MD, MBA; Jaya Ayasola, MD, MPH; Jalpa Doshi, PhD; Andy Epstein, PhD; Henry Glick, PhD; Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH; David Grande, MD, MPP; Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS; Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP; Mitesh Patel, MD, MSHP; Daniel Polsky, PhD; Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH; Sandy Schwartz, MD; Judy Shea, PhD; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD; Rachel Werner, MD, PhD; Sankey Williams, MD; and Charmaine Smith Wright, MD, MSHP.

Health services research
Long, also a health services researcher, has focused her research on the social determinants of health and health care as they pertain to socioeconomic and racial disparities. Her work evaluating peer-to-peer mentoring as an intervention to improve glucose control among adult diabetic patients recently received widespread national attention. Other work in this area includes a VA Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) grant evaluating the long term effectiveness of peer mentors for veterans with poorly controlled diabetes and a recently completed NIH R01 funded randomized controlled trial of peer mentors and financial incentives for low-income populations with poorly controlled diabetes from West Philadelphia. The VA study also evaluates if mentees can become effective mentors. Additionally, she is currently the primary investigator with co-investigators Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP and David Grande, MD, MPP, of a three-year, $1.9 million PCORI grant evaluating a community health worker (CHW) intervention for low-income chronically ill patients with multiple comorbidities.

Long said she intends to continue her research as DGIM Chief and will also continue to see patients. "I currently see patients at the VA but think I need to start seeing patients at the other division practices because nothing like actual practice enables you to understand the day-to-day clinical realities of an organization," she said.

New associate chief positions
In terms of new directions for DGIM, Long noted that there has never been a time when so many aspects of clinical medicine are under pressure to change. "I think what is happening across all of health care is just too far reaching for any one person in this position to handle alone," said Long. "The division doesn't have associate chiefs and in my first year, I want to create formal new leadership positions for associate division chiefs in education, research, hospital medicine and ambulatory medicine."

Long is an Associate Professor of Medicine at both the Perelman School and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Co-Director of the Philadelphia VA Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT). The Center’s current focus is on how best to improve patient engagement and diminish disparities in satisfaction with care.

While Long plans to continue as Co-Director of Penn's Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program, she will step down from her position as Director of Penn's Master of Science in Health Policy Research program and as primary investigator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Primary Care Physician-Scientist Fellowship program.

Long received a BA in biology from the University of Chicago in 1987 and an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993. She did her residency in primary care internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; was a Clinical Educator Fellow at Penn from 1996-97; and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University from 1997-99.