Meet LDI Senior Fellow Robert Krouse, MD, MS, FACS

Meet LDI Senior Fellow Robert Krouse, MD, MS, FACS

Chief of Surgery, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Each year, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) hosts a special "Fall Kickoff" to introduce its newly-appointed Senior Fellows. Held on the Moelis Terrace of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, this year's event welcomed nineteen Penn health services researchers including:

Robert Krouse, MD, MS, FACS
Chief of Surgery, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

FINE ART AND CANCER RESEARCH
Originally a fine arts major in college, Krouse achieved his "fun fact" quota by punctuating his slide presentation with samples of his paintings from that period. Now the recently arrived Chief of Surgery at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and Surgery Instructor at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, his research focuses on gastrointestinal cancers, skin cancer, quality of life, and end of life care. Skin cancers have become a major interest for him. Krouse noted that because skin cancers are not registry cancers they are not recorded well and "we have no idea" how many actually occur. He said the commonly used microscopically-controlled or "Mohs surgery" for skin cancers "is supposedly tissue sparing but is likely over-utilized in this country in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars. We think there's a lot of opportunity to really understand better utilization."   | See bio page | See the 18 other new senior fellows  |