J. Sanford Schwartz, MD, AB  

Research Areas
Assessment of medical technology and medical practices; medical decision making; cost-quality tradeoffs in health care; adoption and diffusion of medical innovation; health economics; health policy

Current Projects
Comprehensive project to assess the effectiveness, efficacy, and cost of alternative management strategies of patients with gall bladder disease. Study to develop new methods to assess quality of care. Methodological advances in economic assessment of health care. Study of diffusion and adoption of surgical innovations. Improvement of cost-effective preventive practices. Assessment of new technologies.

Academic Positions Held
Wharton: 1989-present. University of Pennsylvania: 1975-present (Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, 1989-98; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, 1989-98)

Other Positions
Director, Clinical Efficiency Assessment, American College of Physicians, 1981-83; Chief, Ambulatory Health Care, Philadelphia Veteran's Administration Medical Center, 1977-78

Representative Publications
(with B.S. Bloom, A.M. Fendrick, A.L. Hillman)
"A Reappraisal of Hepatitis B Virus Vaccinations Policy Using Cost-Effectiveness Analysis." Annals of Internal Medicine 118 (1993).

(with A.M. Fendrick)
"Physician Adoption of Medical Innovation." Medical Innovation at the Crossroads: Coverage and Adoption Decisions About Medical Technologies I. Gelijus, ed., Washington, D.C.: National Academic Press, 1994.

(with B.S. Bloom, J.J. Esgree, A.M. Fendrick, A.L. Hillman and J. Shea)
"Hospital Adoption of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy." Medical Care 32 (1994).