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David J. Casarett, M.D.

Associate 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

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.

Harris P, Wong E, Farrington S, Craig TR, Harrold JK, Oldanie B, Teno JM, Casarett DJ: Patterns of Functional Decline in Hospice: What Can Individuals and Their Families Expect? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 10.1111(jgs.12144): online, Jan 2013.

Casarett DJ, Harrold J, Oldanie B, Prince-Paul MJ, Teno J: Advancing the science of hospice care: Coalition of Hospices Organized to Investigate Comparative Effectiveness. Current Opinions in Supportive Oncology 6(4): 459-464, Dec 2012.

Casarett DJ, Spence C, Clark MA, Shield R, Teno JM: Defining patient safety in hospice: principles to guide measurement and public reporting. Journal of Palliative Medicine 15(10): 1120-3, Oct 2012.

Kumar P, Casarett DJ, Corcoran A, Desai K, Li Q, Chen J, Langer C, Mao JJ: Utilization of supportive and palliative care services among oncology outpatients at one academic cancer center: Determinants of use and barriers to access. Journal of Palliative Medicine 15(8): 923-30, Aug 2012.

Jeurkar N, Farrington S, Craig TR, Slattery J, Harrold JK, Oldanie B, Teno JM, Casarett DJ: Which hospice patients with cancer are able to die in the setting of their choice? Results of a retrospective cohort study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 1(30): 2783-7, Aug 2012.

Jeurkar N, Farrington S, Teno J, Oldanie B, Slattery J, Craig T, Casarett D: Factors associated with a death at home among patients with cancer: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 30(22): 2783-2787, Aug 2012.

Casarett DJ, Farrington S, Craig T, Slattery J, Harrold J, Oldanie B, Roy J, Biehl R, Teno J: The art versus science of predicting prognosis: can a prognostic index predict short-term mortality better than experienced nurses do? Journal of Palliative Medicine 15(6): 703-8, Jun 2012.

Fishman JM, Ten Have T, Casarett D: Is public communication about end-of-life care helping to inform all? Cancer news coverage in African American versus mainstream media. Cancer 118(8): 2157-62, Apr 2012.

Teno JM, Casarett DJ, Spence C, Connor S: It is "too late" or is it? Bereaved family member perceptions of hospice referral when their family member was on hospice for seven days or less. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 43(4): 732-8, Apr 2012.

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