David Asch, MD, MBA is Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management and Economics at the School of Medicine and the Wharton School. Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand how physicians and patients behave and make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings. He has special expertise in understanding how physicians and patients incorporate perceptions of financial cost and health risk into their decisions, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies or the purchase of health or life insurance. He is the author of more than 200 published papers, chapters, and reports. He teaches health policy at the Wharton School, and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he is Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. He also directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1989.
Judith Long, MD is the Director of the Master of Science in Health Policy Research program and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as well as a core faculty member in VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. Dr. Long’s research focuses on social determinants of health and health care especially as they pertain to socioeconomic and racial disparities. Dr. Long assesses these issues in the context of chronic disease, in particular diabetes, using established measures to gauge disease specific medical outcomes. Dr. Long is the primary investigator (PI) on several studies. Her VA Merit Award grant evaluates delivery of care to diabetic veterans with serious mental illness. She has a current R01 evaluating the effectiveness of peer support and financial incentives to improve glucose control in African Americans with poorly controlled diabetes. Finally, Dr. Long is actively engaged in the training of Health Services Researchers at Penn. She is the Director of Penn’s Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) and PI of Penn’s NRSA Generalist Training Grant.
Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH is a clinician-investigator in the area of risk communication and medical decision-making. She has conducted original research in the development and evaluation of decision-aids for prostate cancer treatment and postmenopausal hormone therapy. Dr. Schapira has focused her area of investigation on how patients understand and use quantitative information in the context of clinical decision-making and doctor-patient communication. She has expertise in the measurement of risk perceptions, patient preferences, and quality of life. Dr. Schapira’s research in judgment and decision making also addresses how to effectively communicate risk and uncertainty regarding medical outcomes to patients, physicians, the public, and policy makers. Her current work involves the development of a construct of health numeracy and the evaluation of numeracy as a potential link between formal education and improved health. Dr. Schapira is the immediate past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Decision Making and currently reviews for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Health Communication. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) class of 2011.
Daniel E. Polsky, PhD, MPP is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, an Associate Professor of Health Care Systems in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as the Director of Research at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. In 2007-08 he was the Senior Economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. He was awarded the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award in 2005. His research areas include health insurance and financial access to health care, economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions, and the health care workforce.