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

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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