Rachel Werner Named General Internal Medicine's Associate Chief for Research

Rachel Werner Named General Internal Medicine's Associate Chief for Research

Will Grow The Division's Research Infrastructure

LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, has been named Associate Chief for Research in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine's Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM).

As Associate Chief for Research in the Division, according to DGIM Chief Judith Long, MD, Werner will work closely with Division and Department leadership to help recruit health services and policy researchers to Penn; grow the Division's research infrastructure to support research, including clinical and community-based research; and further integrate DGIM's research efforts into both the Perelman School of Medicine and the University more broadly.


Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Werner, an Associate Professor of both Medicine in the DGIM and of Health Care Management in the Wharton School, is also Core Investigator with the Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

She is currently principal investigator of an R01 grant from the National Institute of Aging for a study that examines the effect of Medicaid pay-for-performance for nursing homes on delivery of nursing home care. On an R21 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality she is also examining the impact of quality information on consumers’ healthcare decisions. She also co-directs one of four national centers to evaluate the effectiveness of the medical home by the Veterans Health Administration.

She has received numerous national awards including the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians and serves on numerous expert panels advising policy makers and government officials on the use of quality improvement incentives in health care. 

In addition to her research, Dr. Werner is a practicing general internist at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.