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Craig A Umscheid, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice, Penn Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Medical Director, Clinical Decision Support, Penn Medicine
Senior Associate Director, ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center
Senior Fellow, Institute for Biomedical Informatics
Core Faculty, Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

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Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-8098
Fax: 215-349-8232
BA (Biology and Society)
Cornell University, 1996.
MD (Medicine)
Georgetown University, 2001.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2001-2004.
Physician-Scientist Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004-2006.
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Biomedical Informatics 10x10 Program Certificate, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), 2010-2010.
Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, 2017.
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2024.
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Description of Research Expertise

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Medicine, a practicing hospitalist, and Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP), an evidence-based practice center funded by Penn to support patient care quality, safety, and value through evidence-based practice. To accomplish this mission, CEP performs rapid systematic reviews to inform institutional decision-making, translates evidence into practice through clinical decision support interventions and clinical pathways, and provides education in evidence-based quality improvement to trainees, staff, and faculty. He is also Medical Director of Clinical Decision Support at Penn, and a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Umscheid directs the Critical Appraisal course (Epi 806) in the research certificate program and the graduate student course in Systematic Reviews (Epi 582). Outside of Penn, he collaborates with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with guideline development. In addition, he serves as the Senior Associate Director of the ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), one of 13 such centers funded to perform comparative effectiveness reviews to inform national healthcare policy. He is an invited member of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems, the AHRQ Patient Centered Clinical Decision Support – Learning Network (PCCDS-LN) Advisory Council, and the AHRQ EPC Methods Steering Committee, a past-member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), a former Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and former Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Evidence-based Medicine Task Force. Dr. Umscheid received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his medical degree from Georgetown, a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where he is a Senior Scholar, and a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 Program at Oregon Health and Sciences University. His post graduate training includes a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, and a Physician-Scientist Fellowship at Penn.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr Umscheid is board certified in internal medicine and practices inpatient general internal medicine (i.e. hospital medicine) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He does not practice internal medicine in the outpatient setting.

Selected Publications

Crites GE, McNamara MC, Akl EA, Richardson WS, Umscheid CA, Nishikawa J: Evidence in the learning organization BMC Health Research Policy and Systems 7:4, 2009.

Umscheid CA: Should guidelines incorporate evidence on patient preferences? Journal of General Internal Medicine 24: 988-90, 2009 Notes: Editorial

Umscheid CA, Williams K, Brennan PJ: Hospital-based comparative effectiveness centers: translating research into practice to improve the quality, safety and value of patient care. Journal of General Internal Medicine 25(12): 1352-1355, 2010 Notes: Perspective.

Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Brennan PJ, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee: Updating the guideline development methodology of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. American Journal of Infection Control 38(4): 264-73, 2010.

Gould CV, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Kuntz G, Pegues DA, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC): Guideline for the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 31(4): 319-326, 2010.

Umscheid CA, Hanish A, Chittams J, Weiner M, Hecht TEH : Effectiveness of a novel and scalable clinical decision support intervention to improve venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: a quasi-experimental study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 12:92, 2012.

Smetana GW, Umscheid CA, Chang S, Matchar DB: Methods guide for authors of systematic reviews of medical tests: a collaboration between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Journal of General Internal Medicine 27(Supplement 1): S1-S3. 2012 Notes: Editorial.

Baillie CA, VanZandbergen C, Tait G, Hanish A, Leas B, French BC, Hanson CW, Behta M, Umscheid CA.: The readmission risk flag: using the electronic health record to automatically identify patients at risk for 30 day readmission. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 8(12): 689-695, 2013.

Umscheid CA : Snapshots of low value medical care JAMA: Internal Medicine 173(3): 186-187, 2013 Notes: Perspective.

Barbieri J, Fuchs B, Fishman N, Cutilli C, Umscheid CA, Kean C, Koshy S, Sullivan P, Brennan PJ, Kelz R : The mortality review committee: a novel and scalable approach to reducing inpatient mortality Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 39(9): 387-395, 2013.

Bartsch SM, Umscheid CA, Fishman NO, Lee BY: Is fidaxomicin worth the cost? An economic analysis. Clinical Infectious Diseases 57(4): 555-561, 2013.

Graber ML, Trowbridge R, Myers JS, Umscheid CA, Strull W, Kanter MH. : The next organizational challenge: finding and addressing diagnostic error. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 40(3): 102-110, 2014.

Baillie CA, Epps M, Hanish A, Fishman NO, French B, Umscheid CA. : Usability and impact of a computerized clinical decision support intervention designed to reduce urinary catheter utilization and catheter-associated urinary tract infections . Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 35(9): 1147-55. 2014.

Guise JM, Chang C, Viswanathan M, Glick S, Treadwell J, Umscheid CA, Whitlock E, Fu R, Berliner E, Paynter R, Anderson J, Motu’apuaka P, Trikalinos T.: AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center methods: Conducting systematic reviews of complex multi-component health care interventions. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 67(11): 1181-1191, 2014.

Zipkin DA, Umscheid CA, Keating NL, Allen E, Aung K, Beyth R, Kaatz S, Mann DM, Sussman JB, Korenstein D, Schardt C, Nagi A, Sloane R, Feldstein DA.: Evidence-based risk communication: a systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine. 161(4): 270-280. 2014.

Mitchell MD, Lavenberg JL, Trotta RL, Umscheid CA. : Hourly rounding to improve nursing responsiveness: a systematic review. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(9): 462-72, 2014.

Lavenberg JG, Leas B, Umscheid CA, Williams K, Goldman DR, Kripalani S. : Assessing preventability in the quest to reduce hospital readmissions. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 9(9): 598-603, 2014.

Umscheid CA, Brennan PJ.: Incentivizing “structures” over “outcomes” to bridge the knowing–doing gap. JAMA: Internal Medicine. 175(3): 354-355. 2015 Notes: Editorial.

Umscheid CA, Betesh J, VanZandbergen C, Hanish A, Tait G, Mikkelsen ME, French BC, Fuchs BD. : Development, implementation and impact of an automated Early Warning and Response System for Sepsis. Journal of Hospital Medicine 10(1): 26-31, 2015.

Hartling L, Guise J-M, Kato E, Anderson J, Belinson S, Berliner E, Dryden DM, Featherstone R, Mitchell MD, Motu’apuaka M, Noorani H, Paynter R, Robinson KA, Schoelles K, Umscheid CA, Whitlock E: A taxonomy of rapid reviews linking report types and methods to specific decision-making contexts. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 68(12): 1451-1462, 2015.

Wyer PC, Umscheid CA, Wright S, Silva SA, Lang E.: Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care (TEACH) 2009-2014: Building evidence-based capacity within health care provider organizations. eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes) 3(2): 7, 2015.

Han JH, Sullivan N, Leas BF, Pegues DA, Kaczmarek JL, Umscheid CA: Cleaning hospital room surfaces to prevent healthcare-associated infections: a systematic overview. Annals of Internal Medicine. 163(8): 598-607, 2015.

Jayakumar KL, Lavenberg JA, Mitchell MD, Doshi JA, Leas B, Goldmann DR, Williams K, Brennan PJ, Umscheid CA: Evidence synthesis activities of a hospital evidence-based practice center and impact on hospital decision making. Journal of Hospital Medicine 11(3): 185-192. 2016.

Umscheid CA, Maenner MJ, Mull N, Veesenmeyer AF, Farrar JT, Goldfarb S, Morrison G, Albanese MA, Frohna JG, Feldstein DA: Using educational prescriptions to teach medical students evidence-based medicine. Medical Teacher 38(11): 1112-1117. 2016.

Berríos-Torres SI, Umscheid CA, Bratzler DW, Leas B, Stone EC, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Morgan S, Solomkin JS, Mazuski JE, Dellinger EP, Itani K, Berbari EF, Segreti J, Parvizi J, Blanchard J, Allen G, Kluytmans JAJW, Donlan R, Schecter WP.: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017. JAMA Surgery 152(8): 784-791, 2017.

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