LDI Senior Fellows and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine physicians Robert Burke, MD, MS, and Paula Chatterjee MD, MPH, have won top 2024 Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) awards. Burke was cited for Excellence in Research and Chatterjee for Junior Investigator awards at the Society’s annual SHM Convergence Meeting in San Diego.

Burke and Chatterjee

Headquartered in Philadelphia, SHM is a professional organization of 18,000 hospital staff physicians with 60 chapters across the country. It advocates for its members and for advances in health care delivery, quality, and experience through science and innovation. The annual SHM awards honor physician scientists who have made exceptional contributions to hospital medicine in various categories.

Burke, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School is the Associate Division Chief for Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is also a core investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Philadelphia Veterans Health Administration Medical Center.

Frail Older Adults

Burke’s research seeks to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and long-term nursing home care for frail older adults. He is a hospitalist leading a VA implementation science program center seeking to implement evidence-based practices aligned with the “Age-Friendly Health System” model.

He is the principal investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study evaluating differences in post-acute care use between Medicare Advantage and fee-for-service beneficiaries, as well as a National Institute on Aging (NIA) study evaluating the intended and unintended effects of the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program.

Burke completed residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. From 2011-2018, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado and as a hospitalist at the Denver VA Medical Center, completing a Master of Science in Clinical Sciences at the University of Colorado in 2015.

Health Equity Research

Chatterjee is the Director of Health Equity Research at LDI and an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Perelman School. She is a hospitalist and health policy researcher whose work focuses on ensuring the viability of the health care safety-net for low-income patients. She conducts rigorous empirical work on safety-net hospital financing and quality of care and the role of health policy in mitigating population health disparities.

Chatterjee completed her residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her Master of Public Health from Yale University. She practices inpatient medicine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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