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aschDAVID 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.

photoJUDITH LONG, MD is Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She 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 merchantRAINA MERCHANT, MD, MSHP is Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is also the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, University of Chicago for Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania for an MSHP and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. She serves on several leadership committees within the American Heart Association and is the chair of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care-Science Subcommittee. Her research interest is in diffusion of innovation, social media, public health, and resuscitation science. Her work involves development and testing of health related mobile apps and she has conducted several projects evaluating health communication on social/mobile media sites like Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare, Gigwalk, and others. She additionally runs a Twitter lab which analyzes tweets related to resuscitation, critical care, and public health/policy. Much of her work bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist. Dr. Merchant was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and healthcare in the US. Additional information about Dr. Merchant can be found here.

julie sochalskiJULIE A. SOCHALSKI, PhD, FAAN, RN is Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sochalski is recognized as a national and international expert in health policy and the health care workforce. Her 3-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010-2013) as Director of the Division of Nursing and Principal Advisor for Health Workforce Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration involved directing interagency initiatives that promoted research and program innovations to build a right-sized, well-skilled, and effectively-deployed health care workforce. Prior to her recent federal position, Dr. Sochalski directed a series of national and international studies funded by NIH and other private and government foundations elucidating critical workforce factors influencing the quality of patient care and patient outcomes and innovative practice models that should be pursued to promote quality of care and population health. Her study featured in Health Affairs evaluated the outcomes of disease management interventions for heart failure patients by pooling data from 12 clinical trials conducted in four countries and explored payment policy options for the Medicare program to reimburse for these services. Her work has included examining the impact of innovative models of nursing care and nursing staffing on quality outcomes, and has demonstrated the cost-effective impact of nursing for diverse patient populations including high-risk high-cost chronically ill and terminally ill patients. In addition, she has investigated domestic and international trends in the health care workforce, workforce shortages, and migratory patterns of health workers and has collaborated internationally to develop policy recommendations for building an appropriately prepared and effectively deployed international health care workforce. Additional information about Dr. Sochalski can be found here.


photoDAVID 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.

marilyn schapira photoMARILYN SCHAPIRA, MD, MPH (VA Liaison) is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Equity Research Program (CHERP) at Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research has focused in the area of health literacy, health numeracy, patient-physician communication and medical decision making. Methods used include mixed methods approaches, preference elicitation with utility assessments and conjoint analysis, and the development and evaluation of shared decision making interventions. Dr. Schapira also has expertise in psychometrics and measurement of health numeracy and patient reported outcomes. She has developed and evaluated decision aids for prostate cancer screening and treatment and post-menopausal hormone therapy and is currently funded by the VA HSR&D program to develop decision support for Veterans considering lung cancer screening. As part of her focus on health literacy, Dr. Schapira has developed a theoretical framework for health numeracy and a cross-culturally equivalent measure of health numeracy using item response theory called the Numeracy Understanding in Medicine Instrument (NUMi). The NUMi is being translated into Spanish and a computer adaptive version created in work supported by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Schapira is part of the NCI funded PROSPR network (Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens) where she leads a project to develop, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of a web-based decision aid for women aged 40-49 that are considering options for breast cancer screening. Dr. Schapira co-leads the Cancer Control research program of the Abramson Cancer Center and the Health Policy Research track of the Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. More information about Dr. Schapira can be found here.

royROY ROSIN, MBA joined Penn Medicine as Chief Innovation Officer in May 2012. He works with teams across the health system to rapidly design, test and implement new high impact health care delivery practices. Previously, Roy served as the first Vice President of Innovation for Intuit, a leading software company best known for Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax. In this role, he led changes in how Intuit managed new business creation, allowing teams to get to market and experiment quickly at low cost. Roy built innovation programs that dramatically increased entrepreneurial activity, with annual new releases increasing from 5 per year to 30, while time to market decreased from one year to a few months. After five years of Intuit’s new approach to growth, the company had delivered shareholder returns of 33 times the S&P 500. Intuit now consistently appears on Forbes' list of the most innovative companies in the world. Prior to his innovation leadership position, Roy was General Manager for Intuit’s consumer division, responsible for a portfolio of businesses including Quicken software. His team achieved record profitability and product leadership while growing the active user base to 14 million consumers. Roy's 18 years with Intuit, starting as Product Manager for Quicken, spanned the company's early years in retail software to their emergence as a leading SaaS provider. Roy received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College. Outside of work he serves as a board member for venture funded startups, an advisor to Fortune 100 companies and a little league baseball coach. More information about Mr. Rosin can be found here.

photoLUCY WOLF TUTON, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She 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. Dr. Tuton is 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. She 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.

JOANNE WOODJOANNE N. WOOD, MD, MSHP is a faculty member at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and an attending physician in the Division of General Pediatrics. She is also the Director of Research of Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health at CHOP, and since 2011, has served as the Associate Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at Safe Place. Since her medical training at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wood has committed to improving the quality of care for children, especially abused and neglected children. Her current research focuses on improving occult injury screening practices for children suspected of being victims of physical abuse, along with understanding the use and utility of such practices in the evaluation of abusive injuries. Dr. Wood’s research in the field of child maltreatment extends beyond hospital-based care to the child welfare and behavioral health systems. She is involved in projects focused on implementing and evaluating behavioral health interventions for children involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Wood attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she earned her MD in 2002. She was an intern and resident in pediatrics at CHOP, where she subsequently served as chief resident. In 2006, she participated in the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at CHOP. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Wood was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master in Health Policy Research (MSHP). More about Dr. Wood can be found here.


photoHAROLD (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.

photoJ. 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.


photoTraci Chupik, M.S.Ed. is the Administrative Director for the Penn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) 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. Traci has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication (ICC) from the University of Pennsylvania.


mosko photoSuzanne Mosko, MA, is the Administrative Coordinator for the Penn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) program. Before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Suzanne worked in administration and development for The American School of Classical Studies at Athens and Thomas Jefferson University. Suzanne has her BA in Classical Civilizations from Temple University and her MA in Education from LaSalle University.


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