DAVID A ASCH, MD, MBA is Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation, a program that spans the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine and aims to advance their missions through the disciplined creation, evaluation, and implementation of change. He is Co-Director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program.
Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing.
He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Dr. Asch can be found here.
JOSHUA METLAY, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Metlay received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his PhD in Immunology from Rockefeller University and his MD from Cornell University. He completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in general internal medicine and epidemiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also received a Masters of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Metlay’s research focuses on two complimentary areas: 1) the epidemiology of drug resistance among common bacterial respiratory pathogens, particularly S. pneumoniae and 2) the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the quality of treatment decisions for respiratory tract infections. Dr. Metlay’s research program is supported by federal grants from NIAID, CDC, and AHRQ. He has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences on pneumococcal drug resistance and interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices. He is the Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine at the Hospital of the University at Pennsylvania and directs the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, a new research center focused on implementation science and clinical translation within healthcare delivery organizations. Additional information about Dr. Metlay can be found here.
DAVID GRANDE , MD, MPA is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Grande’s research and work focuses on health policy with a specific focus on the health care safety net. He recently chaired the health transition team for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and has worked with the City of Philadelphia and State of New Jersey on issues related to access to care. He also conducts research on aspects of medical professionalism including the civic and social roles of physicians and the influences of commercial marketing on the profession. Dr. Grande trained in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) at Princeton University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Dr. Grande can be found here.
JUDITH LONG, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, as well as core faculty for the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and a member of both the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism. Dr. Long trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at Yale. 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, especially diabetes, using established measures to gauge disease specific medical outcomes. Among others things, recent research has focused on interventions to aimed at improving glucose control in low income and minority populations using peer mentors and financial incentives as well as evaluating delivery of care for patients with both diabetes and serious mental illness. Additional information about Dr. Long can be found here.
RAINA MERCHANT, MD, MSHP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She also has an appointment in the Office of Policy and Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response-Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Merchant currently serves on the American Heart Association (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care, Research Working Group and the AHA Cardiopulmonary Critical Care, Periorperative and Resuscitation Council Leadership Committee as the early career representative. Her research is focused on resuscitation science and improving outcomes from cardiac arrest. Specifically she studies 1) diffusion of innovation and new media in resuscitation and 2) translation of research to policy. In the in-hospital setting, she is studying best practices for improving cardiac arrest care. In the pre-hospital setting, she is identifying communities at risk for cardiac arrest and evaluating unique strategies for optimizing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and automated external defibrillator AED availability. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge- a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED access and awareness. She also runs a Twitter lab which analyzes thousands of tweets related to resuscitation, critical care, and public health/policy. Following residency, Dr. Merchant was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and concurrently earned a Masters of Science in Health Policy. Additional information about Dr. Merchant can be found here.
DAVID RUBIN, MD, MSCE Dr. Rubin is a senior co-director of PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. He is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and an Assistant Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Penn. At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Rubin is a practicing primary care pediatrician at the Faculty Practice for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He also completed a residency in pediatrics and fellowships in child maltreatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Rubin lives with his wife and three daughters in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rubin's research has been centered around health policy and practice for vulnerable populations. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Task Force on Foster Care and their Committee for Early Education, Adoption & Dependent Care. He has focused on the stability of a child’s placement history in out-of-home care, combining national policy-oriented analyses of children in foster care with local community-based participatory research. More recent population-based research has included analyses of psychotropic medication use by Medicaid-enrolled children across the country, and an outcomes assessment of prenatal home visitation programs following statewide dissemination in Pennsylvania. More information about Dr. Rubin can be found here.
LUCY TUTON, PhD Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey. Bridging the Gaps provides health related service in underserved communities while training community responsive health and social service professionals. The Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed a Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholars program which is made up of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. At the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tuton is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She is the Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes both advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Dr. Tuton is a co-investigator on the NIH RO1, “Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women's careers in science and medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity, she is co-leader of both the community and leadership curricular components. More information about Dr. Tuton can be found here.
HAROLD (HARV) FELDMAN, MD, MSCE is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, a board certified internist and nephrologist, and Director of the Division of Epidemiology of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Feldman has extensive experience and a long successful track record both in the conduct of health services research, training post-doctoral trainees, and administering large academic programs. Dr. Feldman's research focus has been on the treatment and outcomes of individuals afflicted with kidney disease, with a particular emphasis on health disparities. He has been recognized as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation for his work. Among Dr. Feldman's educational roles is his co-Directorship of the Masters of Clinical Epidemiology program. In addition, he leads both institutional and numerous individual NIH-funded training grants supporting the training of physicians in epidemiology and health services research. Dr. Feldman has been the chair of over a dozen graduate thesis committees and has played numerous other roles in the development of both medical undergraduate and graduate curricula in epidemiology and health services research. Dr. Feldman's teaching activities have been recognized by his receipt of the prestigious Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence. More information about Dr. Feldman can be found here.
J. SANFORD (SANDY) SCHWARTZ, MD is Professor of Medicine and Health Management and Economics at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School, board certified internist and former Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He was the first recipient of the Samuel P. Martin Award for Excellence in Health Services Research and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. His research interests include the assessment of medical interventions and practices (with an emphasis on cost-quality tradeoffs), medical decision making and the diffusion and adoption of medical innovation. Dr. Schwartz was founding Director of the American College of Physicians Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project and President of both the American Federation for Medical Research (formerly AFCR) and the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Schwartz was founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and has served as Associate Editor of Journal of General Internal Medicine and on the editorial board of Medical Decision Making. Widely recognized as an outstanding mentor, almost all of the more than 40 fellows and junior faculty he has mentored are advancing successfully in their careers in academic medicine and government. He currently is mentor to 12 junior faculty, all but two of whom have career development awards and he directs or co-directs four institution-wide NIH-sponsored health services research and clinical epidemiology training grants. An outstanding teacher, he directs three Perelman School of Medicine courses in clinical evaluative sciences and health care systems and has received four student teaching awards in the past five year. He has served in an a policy advisory capacity on national advisory committees for numerous governmental agencies and non-profit groups including the NIH, CDC, IOM, NAS, DOD, FDA, WHO, RWJF, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, AAMC and NCQA. More information about Dr. Schwartz can be found here.
TRACI CHUPIK, M.S. Ed. is the Administrative Director for the RWJF Clinical Scholars program and the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research program. Before joining the RWJF team, she worked in higher education administration and program management, both in Penn’s Department of Psychiatry and Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies.
ELLIOT ADLER is the Administrative Coordinator for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Program. Before joining the staff at Penn, he earned his degree in Marketing from Temple University. Previously he worked with Temple University's MBA Program.