Meet LDI Senior Fellow Sushila Murthy, MD, MPH

Meet LDI Senior Fellow Sushila Murthy, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine

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:

Sushila Murthy, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine

DECISION-MAKING AND GOALS OF ELDERLY SURGERY PATIENTS
An avid bicycle rider, Murthy grew up in Horsham in Montgomery County and did her residency and a fellowship in health services research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her current research is aimed at better understanding the care, decision-making and goals of elderly surgical patients. "When I was at Mass General," she said, "one thing I looked at was do we have the right patient? Meaning, have they thought about their own values, goals and preferences? Have they communicated those to the provider? Have they engaged in shared decision-making?" She is now working on a research project that looks at elderly patients with chronic disease who abruptly need surgery with the goal of making the experience more patient-centered. "Possible future directions would be to scale the study up, perhaps using larger data sets and design some type of intervention," she said.   | See bio page | See the 18 other new senior fellows  |