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

Scott D. Halpern

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Associate Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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719 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-1462
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.S. (Psychology and Economics)
Duke University, 1995.
M.S.C.E. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
M.Be (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
Ph.D. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 2003.
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 Bioethics Expertise

Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor (with Tenure) of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founding Director of the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program, founding Director of the Critical Care Health Services Research (CC HSR) group, Deputy Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economic (CHIBE), and a practicing critical care medicine doctor. The FIELDS program includes scholars from multiple health-related disciplines who are united by the belief that untoward influences on how patients, family members, and providers make choices contribute to the high intensity of care that many patients receive near the ends of their lives. The CC HSR group examines questions related to the allocation of ICU beds and services and transplantable organs, and how these allocation paradigms could be made more efficient and equitable. Finally, the CHIBE develops behavioral economic interventions that reduce the unhealthy behaviors (e.g., smoking, overeating, and medication non-adherence) that account for the majority of preventable morbidity and mortality in the developed world, without unduly constraining people’s autonomous choice.

Dr. Halpern’s research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, and the American Heart Association. He has received the United States’ most prestigious awards for young academics in two different disciplines: the Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar Award (2008) in bioethics, and AcademyHealth’s Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award (2011) in health services research. In 2012, Dr. Halpern was 1 of 10 people to receive the Young Leader Award as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, recognizing people aged 40 or under who offer “great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans.” He is an Anniversary Fellow at the Institute of Medicine, an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Bioethics. Dr. Halpern has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and roughly 50 editorials, reviews, and chapters. His research has been featured in every major American media outlet, and he has consulted on ethical and scientific matters for the NIH, CDC, UNOS, The World Bank, and two Advisory Committees to the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services.

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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