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Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, M.Bioethics

Scott D. Halpern

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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719 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-1462
Fax: 215-573-4132
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.S. (Psychology and Economics)
Duke University, 1995.
M.S.C.E. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
Ph.D. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
M.Be (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 2003.
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006.
American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Diseases, 2008.
American Board of Internal Medicine - Critical Care, 2009.
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Description of Bioethics Expertise

Rationing of scarce medical resources, end-of-life decision-making, behavioral economics, ICU ethics, ethics in HIV/AIDS, research ethics in pulmonary hypertension

Dr. Halpern received his B.S. in Psychology and Economics from Duke University, and his M.D., Ph.D. in Epidemiology, and Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a consultant regarding ethical issues for the CDC, NIH, FDA, and UNOS. In 2008, he was selected as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics. His clinical interests include critical care medicine and the management of patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Dr. Halpern is interested in the moral and cognitive determinants of the decisions made by clinicians and patients. His research combines empirical approaches from the fields of epidemiology, health services research, and the decision-making sciences with conceptual work grounded in moral philosophy. He is particularly interested in solid-organ transplantation, end-of-life care, HIV/AIDS, the ethics of randomized clinical trials, and allocation decisions requiring tradeoffs between the interests of individuals and groups.

Selected Publications

Brown SES, Ratcliffe SJ, Kahn JM, Halpern SD: The epidemiology of intensive care unit readmissions in the United States. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185: 955-964, 2012.

Gabler NB, French B, Strom BL, Palevsky HI, Taichman DB, Kawut SM, Halpern SD: Validation of six-minute-walk distance as a surrogate endpoint in pulmonary arterial hypertension trials. Circulation(126), 349-356, 2012.

Munson JC, Christie JD, Halpern SD: Two for one or one for all? A decision analysis of single versus bilateral lung transplant strategies for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 184: 1282-88, Aug 2011.

Swindell JS, McGuire AL, Halpern SD: Shaping patients' decisions. Chest 139(2): 424-9, Feb 2011.

Halpern SD, Barnes B, Hasz RD, Abt PL: Estimated supply of organ donors after circulatory determination of death: a population-based cohort study. JAMA 304(23): 2592-4, Dec 15 2010.

Thabut G, Christie JD, Kremers WK, Fournier M, Halpern SD: Survival differences following lung transplantation among US transplant centers. JAMA 304(1): 53-60, Jul 7 2010.

Halpern SD, Raz A, Kohn R, Rey M, Asch DA, Reese P: Regulated payments for living kidney donation: an empirical assessment of the ethical concerns. Annals of Internal Medicine 152(6): 358-65, Mar 16 2010.

Halpern SD, Shaked A, Hasz RD, Caplan AL: Informing candidates for solid-organ transplantation about donor risk factors. New England Journal of Medicine 358(26): 2832-2837, Jun 2008.

Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Asch DA: Harnessing the power of default options to improve health care. New England Journal of Medicine 357(13): 1340-4, Sep 27 2007.

Halpern SD: ICU capacity strain and the quality and allocation of critical care. Current Opinion in Critical Care 17: 648-657, 2011.

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