Craig A Umscheid

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Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Community Outreach using Health System Informatics (COHSI) Core
Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice, Penn Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Medical Director, Clinical Decision Support, Penn Medicine
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT)
Senior Associate Director, ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center
Department: Medicine

Contact information
3535 Market Street
Mezzanine, Suite 50
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-8098
Fax: 215-349-5829
Graduate Group Affiliations
BA (Biology and Society)
Cornell University, 1996.
MD (Medicine)
Georgetown University, 2001.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
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Description of Research Expertise

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a practicing hospitalist, and Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice, an evidence-based practice center funded by Penn to summarize, disseminate and implement scientific evidence for high impact decision making. He is a Senior Fellow in the Leonard David Institute of Health Economics, and Co-Director of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award supported Health System Informatics Core, where he uses Penn data to measure the impact of best practices implemented at Penn through computerized clinical decision support (CDS). He also directs the medical student Evidence-based Medicine education, the Critical Appraisal certificate course (Epi 806), co-directs the graduate student Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses course (Epi 582), is Medical Director of CDS, and Chair of the Department of Medicine Quality Committee at Penn. Outside of Penn, Dr. Umscheid collaborates with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with guideline development. He also serves as the Senior Associate Director of the ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), one of 11 such centers funded to perform comparative effectiveness reviews to inform national healthcare policy. In addition, he is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, an invited member of the Governance Board of the AHRQ Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) and the AHRQ EPC Methods Steering Committee, a past-member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), and former Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Evidence-based Medicine Task Force. Dr. Umscheid received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his medical degree from Georgetown, a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where he is a Senior Scholar, and a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 Program at Oregon Health and Sciences University. His post graduate training includes a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, and a Physician-Scientist Fellowship at Penn.

Description of Itmat Expertise

Clinical epidemiology
Evidence-based medicine
Comparative effectiveness
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Clinical decision support
Hospital medicine
Infection control

Selected Publications

Crites GE, McNamara MC, Akl EA, Richardson WS, Umscheid CA, Nishikawa J: Evidence in the learning organization BMC Health Research Policy and Systems 7:4, 2009.

Umscheid CA: Should guidelines incorporate evidence on patient preferences? Journal of General Internal Medicine 24: 988-90, 2009 Notes: Editorial

Mitchell MD, Anderson B, Williams K, Umscheid CA : Systematic review of heparin flushing and other interventions to maintain patency of central venous access devices. Journal of Advanced Nursing 65(10): 2007-2021, 2009.

Umscheid CA, Williams K, Brennan PJ: Hospital-based comparative effectiveness centers: translating research into practice to improve the quality, safety and value of patient care. Journal of General Internal Medicine 25(12): 1352-1355, 2010 Notes: Perspective.

Mitchell MD, Williams K, Brennan PJ, Umscheid CA: Integrating local data into hospital-based healthcare technology assessment. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 26(3): 294-300, 2010.

Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Brennan PJ, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee: Updating the guideline development methodology of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. American Journal of Infection Control 38(4): 264-73, 2010.

Gould CV, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Kuntz G, Pegues DA, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC): Guideline for the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 31(4): 319-326, 2010.

Mitchell MD*, Mikkelsen ME*, Umscheid CA, Lee I, Fuchs BD, Halpern SD: A systematic review and meta-analysis to inform institutional decisions about the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Critical Care Medicine 38(6): 1398-1404, 2010 Notes: *First authors.

Lee I, Agarwal RK, Lee BY, Fishman NO, Umscheid CA: A systematic review and cost analysis of pre-operative chlorhexidine skin antiseptic versus iodine for preventing surgical site infections. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 31(12): 1219-29, 2010.

Umscheid CA, Mitchell MD, Doshi JA, Agarwal R, Williams K, Brennan PJ: Estimating the proportion of reasonably preventable healthcare associated infections and related mortality and costs. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 32(2): 101-114, 2011.

Mitchell MD, Williams K, Kuntz G, Umscheid CA: When the decision is what to decide: using evidence inventory reports to focus health technology assessments. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 27(2): 127-32, 2011.

MacCannell T, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Lee I, Kuntz G, Stevenson, KB, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee : Guideline for the prevention and control of norovirus gastroenteritis outbreaks in healthcare settings Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 32(10): 939-969, 2011.

Katz EB, Carrier ER, Umscheid CA, Pines JM: Comparative effectiveness of care coordination interventions in the emergency department: a systematic review Annals of Emergency Medicine 60(1): 12-23, 2012.

Smetana GW, Umscheid CA, Chang S, Matchar DB: Methods guide for authors of systematic reviews of medical tests: a collaboration between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Journal of General Internal Medicine 27(Supplement 1): S1-S3. 2012 Notes: Editorial.

Mitchell MD, Hong JA, Lee BY, Umscheid CA, Bartsch SM, Don CW : Cost savings of radial artery access for coronary angiography and intervention. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 5(4): 454-462, 2012.

Mitchell MD, Agarwal R, Hecht T, Umscheid CA: Non-pharmacologic interventions for prevention of catheter-related thrombosis: a systematic review Journal of Critical Care 28(3): 316-324, 2013.

Umscheid CA, Hanish A, Chittams J, Weiner M, Hecht TEH : Effectiveness of a novel and scalable clinical decision support intervention to improve venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: a quasi-experimental study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 12:92, 2012.

Umscheid CA : Snapshots of low value medical care JAMA: Internal Medicine 173(3): 186-187, 2013 Notes: Perspective.

Barbieri J, Fuchs B, Fishman N, Cutilli C, Umscheid CA, Kean C, Koshy S, Sullivan P, Brennan PJ, Kelz R : The mortality review committee: a novel and scalable approach to reducing inpatient mortality Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 39(9): 387-395, 2013.

Umscheid CA: A primer on performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Clinical Infectious Diseases 57(5): 725-34, 2013.

Bartsch SM, Umscheid CA, Fishman NO, Lee BY: Is fidaxomicin worth the cost? An economic analysis. Clinical Infectious Diseases 57(4): 555-561, 2013.

Seem DL, Lee I, Umscheid CA, Kuehnert MJ: Excerpt from "Public health service guideline for reducing human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus during organ transplantation" American Journal of Transplantation 13(8): 1953-62, 2013.

Prom R, Umscheid CA, Kasbekar N, Spinler SA: Simvastatin amiodarone drug interaction alert: adherence to dosing recommendations before and after the implementation of a revised computerized provider order entry drug interaction alert. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy 70: 1878-1879. 2013.

Richardson K, Schoen M, French BC, Umscheid CA, Mitchell MD, Arnold SE, Heidenreich PA, Rader DJ, deGoma EM : Statins and cognitive function: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine 159(10): 688-698. 2013.

Baillie CA, VanZandbergen C, Tait G, Hanish A, Leas B, French BC, Hanson CW, Behta M, Umscheid CA.: The readmission risk flag: using the electronic health record to automatically identify patients at risk for 30 day readmission. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 8(12): 689-695, 2013.

Graber ML, Trowbridge R, Myers JS, Umscheid CA, Strull W, Kanter MH. : The next organizational challenge: finding and addressing diagnostic error. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 40(3): 102-110, 2014.

Baillie CA, Epps M, Hanish A, Fishman NO, French B, Umscheid CA. : Usability and impact of a computerized clinical decision support intervention designed to reduce urinary catheter utilization and catheter-associated urinary tract infections . Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 35(9): 1147-55. 2014.

Guise JM, Chang C, Viswanathan M, Glick S, Treadwell J, Umscheid CA, Whitlock E, Fu R, Berliner E, Paynter R, Anderson J, Motu’apuaka P, Trikalinos T.: AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center methods for systematically reviewing complex multi-component health care interventions. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2014 Notes: In press.

Zipkin DA, Umscheid CA, Keating NL, Allen E, Aung K, Beyth R, Kaatz S, Mann DM, Sussman JB, Korenstein D, Schardt C, Nagi A, Sloane R, Feldstein DA.: Evidence-based risk communication: a systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine. 161(4): 270-280. 2014.

Mitchell MD, Lavenberg JL, Trotta RL, Umscheid CA. : Hourly rounding to improve nursing responsiveness: a systematic review. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(9): 462-72, 2014.

Lavenberg JG, Leas B, Umscheid CA, Williams K, Goldman DR, Kripalani S. : Assessing preventability in the quest to reduce hospital readmissions. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2014 Notes: In press.

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