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David J. Casarett, M.D.

David J. Casarett

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Associate 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

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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Last updated: 07/23/2013
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