University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine MD/PhD candidate Zachary Templeton been named the 2023 winner of the Leonard Davis Institute’s William L. Kissick Health Policy Research Award. The annual honor goes to students who have accomplished “meritorious research in the field of health services research.”

Zachary Templeton

An LDI Associate Fellow and PhD student in Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School, Templeton won the award for his paper, “The Effects of Nursing Home Specialization in Post-Acute Care.”

A $500 prize accompanies the award whose recipients were selected by the Medical Student Research Prize Committee chaired by Vivian Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Named for William Kissick

The award is named for the late William Kissick, MD, DrPH, a former professor of both Medicine at Penn’s Medical School and Health Care Management at The Wharton School. An early guru in the field of health management studies, Kissick was instrumental in establishing the University’s Health Policy Program within LDI as well as its combined MD/PhD studies program.

Templeton received a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. He has worked as a business analyst for ZS Associates, a health care consulting firm, and as a research assistant at the Stanford Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research.

2010 Adam Lessler, MD, MBA 
2011 Peter Derman, MD, MBA 
2012 Michael Sargen, MD 
2013 Nora Becker, MD, PhD
2013 Morgan Sellers, MD 
2014 Andrew Fisher, MD, MBE  
2015 Jing Ren, MD 
2015 Aaron Richterman, MD 
2016 Ari Friedman, MD, PhD
2017 Tianyu Liu, BA 
2018 Daniel Arenas, MD, PhD
2019 John Logan Brock, MD, PhD, and Olivia Bernal, MD, PhD
2020 Parth Shah, MD
2021 Saiesh Kalva, MD candidate
2022 Doreen Lam and Andrew Parambath, MD candidates

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