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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.D. (Medicine)
Case Western Reserve University, 1993.
M.A. (Medical Anthropology)
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

Casarett D, Harrold J, Harris PS, Bender L, Farrington S, Smither E, Ache K, Teno J: Does Continuous Hospice Care Help Patients Remain at Home? J Pain Symptom Manage 50(3): 297-304, Sep 2015.

O'Connor NR, Moyer ME, Behta M, Casarett DJ: The Impact of Inpatient Palliative Care Consultations on 30-Day Hospital Readmissions. J Palliat Med. Aug 13 2015 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

DiBiasio EL, Clark MA, Gozalo PL, Spence C, Casarett DJ, Teno JM.: Timing of Survey Administration After Hospice Patient Death: Stability of Bereaved Respondents. J Pain Symptom Manage 50(1): 17-27, Jul 2015.

Ranganathan A, Gunnarsson O, Casarett D.: Palliative care and advance care planning for patients with advanced malignancies. Ann Palliat Med 3(3): 144-9, Jul 2015.

Dougherty M, Harris PS, Teno J, Corcoran AM, Douglas C, Nelson J, Way D, Harrold JE, Casarett DJ: Hospice Care in Assisted Living Facilities Versus at Home: Results of a Multisite Cohort Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 63(6): 1153-7, Jun 2015.

Dy SM, Kiley KB, Ast K, Lupu D, Norton SA, McMillan SC, Herr K, Rotella JD, Casarett DJ.: Measuring what matters: top-ranked quality indicators for hospice and palliative care from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. J Pain Symptom Manage 49(4): 773-81, Apr 2015.

LeBlanc TW, Abernethy AP, Casarett DJ.: What is different about patients with hematologic malignancies? A retrospective cohort study of cancer patients referred to a hospice research network. J Pain Symptom Manage 49(3): 505-12, Mar 2015.

Kamal AH, Hanson LC, Casarett DJ, Dy SM, Pantilat SZ, Lupu D, Abernethy AP.: The quality imperative for palliative care. J Pain Symptom Manage 49(2): 243-53, Feb 2015.

Dingfield L, Bender L, Harris P, Newport K, Hoover-Regan M, Feudtner C, Clifford S, Casarett D.: Comparison of pediatric and adult hospice patients using electronic medical record data from nine hospices in the United States, 2008-2012. J Palliat Med 18(2): 120-6, Feb 2015.

Hurley SL, Colling C, Bender L, Harris PS, Harrold JK, Teno JM, Ache KA, Casarett D.: Increasing inpatient hospice use versus patient preferences in the USA: are patients able to die in the setting of their choice? BMJ Support Palliat Care Nov 13 2014 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

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