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David J. Casarett, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging
Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Research and Evaluation, University of Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care
Chief Medical Officer, Penn-Wissahickon Hospice, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Hospice and Palliative Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Ralston-Penn Center
3615 Chestnut St, Room 309
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-2583
Fax: 215-573-8684
B.A. (Anthropology)
Swarthmore College, 1989.
M.A. (Medical Anthropology)
Case Western Reserve University, 1993.
M.D. (Medicine)
Case Western Reserve University, 1993.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident Physician, University of Iowa Hospitals, 1993-1996.
Ethics Fellow, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, 1996-1997.
Chief Resident, Department of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals, 1997-1998.
Fellow, Palliative Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999.
Certification American Board of Internal Medicine Recertification: 2006, 1996.
Certification American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Recertification: 2010, 2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

Palliative care
End-of-life care

Selected Publications

Ache K. Harrold J. Harris P. Dougherty M. Casarett D: Are advance directives associated with better hospice care? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 62(6): 1091-6, Jun 2014.

Sudore RL1, Casarett DJ, Smith D3, Richardson DM3, Ersek M4: Family Involvement at the End of Life and Receipt of Quality Care. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. Epub ahead of print, May 1 2014.

Schapira MM, Mackenzie ER, Lam R, Casarett D, Seluzicki CM, Barg FK, Mao JJ: Breast cancer survivors willingness to participate in an acupuncture clinical trial: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer 22(5): 1207-15, May 2014.

Kelly L1, Bender L, Harris P, Casarett D: The "Comfortable Dying" Measure: How Patient Characteristics Affect Hospice Pain Management Quality Scores. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Epub ahead of print, Apri 18 2014.

Powell RA, Harding R, Namisango E, Katabira E, Gwyther L, Radbruch L,Murray SA, El-Ansary M, Leng M, Ajayi IO, Blanchard C, Kariuki H, Kasirye I, Namukwaya E, Gafer N, Casarett D, Atieno M, Mwangi-Powell FN: Palliative care research in Africa: consensus building for a prioritized agenda. Journal of Pain Symptom Management 47(2): 315-24, Feb 2014.

Harrold J1, Byhoff E, Harris P, Szolarova R, Bender L, Craig T, Casarett D: All hospice patients are not equal: development of a visit-based acuity index. Journal of Palliative Medicine 17(2): 135-40, Feb 2014.

Kraynik SE, Casarett DJ, Corcoran AM: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Deactivation: A Hospice Quality Improvement Initiative. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. Epub 31 January 2014, Jan 2014.

O'Connor NR, Dougherty M, Harris PS, Casarett DJ: Survival after dialysis discontinuation and hospice enrollment for ESRD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8(12): 2117-22, Dec 2013.

Ranganathan, A, Dougherty, M, Waite, D, Casarett, D: Impact of a palliative home care program on 30-day readmissions. Journal of Palliative Medicine 16(10): 1290-3, Oct 2013.

Harrold J, Harris P, Green D, Craig T, Casarett DJ: Effect of the Medicare Face-to-Face Visit Requirement on Hospice Utilization. Journal of Palliative Medicine 16(2): 163-166, Feb 2013.

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