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David J. Casarett, M.D.

David J. Casarett

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Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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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.
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 Bioethics Expertise

End-of-life care, palliative care, research ethics

David Casarett's clinical work focuses on the care of dying patients, and his scholarship addresses the ethical challenges of informed consent for research and clinical care in patients near the end of life and other vulnerable groups. His research has focused on informed consent near the end of life, and the way that decisions are negotiated between patients, their families, and providers. His work in the setting of research ethics explores ways in which the paradigm of consensual decision-making can be applied to informed consent in research that involves patients near the end of life, and other vulnerable groups.

Dr. Casarett is a member of the ethics committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and he is Chair of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Task Force on the ethics of end of life research. He has served on end of life panels for the American College of Physicians and the American Thoracic Society and is a Faculty Leader in the Veterans Affairs End of Life Project. He has given presentations throughout the US and abroad on end of life care and the ethics of research.

Dr. Casarett completed his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College, and obtained his MD at Case Western Reserve University, where he also completed an MA in Medical Anthropology. He was a resident and Chief resident at the University of Iowa, and pursued fellowships in ethics and in Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. He has recently joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is an Instructor in the Division of Geriatrics. He is on staff at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, where he has developed an innovative Palliative Care Consultation Clinic.
Dr. Casarett's research is funded by grants from the Commonwealth Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, the VistaCare Foundation, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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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Last updated: 10/28/2015
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