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Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, M.Bioethics

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Fellow, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania
Deputy Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) Program, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Comparative Effectiveness Research in Ethically Challenging Settings program, Clinical & Translational Science Award, PSOM, University of Penn
Department: Medicine

Contact information
719 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-1462
Fax: 215-573-4132
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.S. (Psychology and Economics)
Duke University, 1995.
M.S.C.E. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
Ph.D. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
M.Be (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 2003.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2004.
Resident in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2004-2006.
Fellow, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2009.
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006.
American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Diseases, 2008.
American Board of Internal Medicine - Critical Care, 2009.
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Description of Research Expertise

End of Life Decision Making
Critical Care Health Services Research
Methodological Innovations in Randomized Trial Designs
Empirical Bioethics
Organ Transplantation
Research Ethics
Allocation of Scarce Resources

Description of Clinical Expertise

Critical Care Medicine

Selected Publications

Brown SES, Ratcliffe SJ, Kahn JM, Halpern SD: The epidemiology of intensive care unit readmissions in the United States. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185: 955-964, 2012.

Gabler NB, French B, Strom BL, Palevsky HI, Taichman DB, Kawut SM, Halpern SD: Validation of six-minute-walk distance as a surrogate endpoint in pulmonary arterial hypertension trials. Circulation(126), 349-356, 2012.

Munson JC, Christie JD, Halpern SD: Two for one or one for all? A decision analysis of single versus bilateral lung transplant strategies for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 184: 1282-88, Aug 2011.

Swindell JS, McGuire AL, Halpern SD: Shaping patients' decisions. Chest 139(2): 424-9, Feb 2011.

Halpern SD, Barnes B, Hasz RD, Abt PL: Estimated supply of organ donors after circulatory determination of death: a population-based cohort study. JAMA 304(23): 2592-4, Dec 15 2010.

Thabut G, Christie JD, Kremers WK, Fournier M, Halpern SD: Survival differences following lung transplantation among US transplant centers. JAMA 304(1): 53-60, Jul 7 2010.

Halpern SD, Raz A, Kohn R, Rey M, Asch DA, Reese P: Regulated payments for living kidney donation: an empirical assessment of the ethical concerns. Annals of Internal Medicine 152(6): 358-65, Mar 16 2010.

Halpern SD, Shaked A, Hasz RD, Caplan AL: Informing candidates for solid-organ transplantation about donor risk factors. New England Journal of Medicine 358(26): 2832-2837, Jun 2008.

Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Asch DA: Harnessing the power of default options to improve health care. New England Journal of Medicine 357(13): 1340-4, Sep 27 2007.

Halpern SD: ICU capacity strain and the quality and allocation of critical care. Current Opinion in Critical Care 17: 648-657, 2011.

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