Announcing the Transition of Daniel E. Polsky, PhD

October 19, 2018

To:Penn Medicine Faculty and Staff

From:J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Daniel E. Polsky, PhD, the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management in the Department of Medicine and the Wharton School and Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), will be leaving Penn to join Johns Hopkins University in the spring in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.

Dan arrived at Penn in 1991 as a PhD student in Economics and joined the faculty in 1996.   He was appointed LDI Executive Director in 2012. During his six years at the helm of LDI, Dan has raised the profile of LDI as a leading hub and a catalyst for the study of how health care is organized, managed, financed and delivered.  Over the course of his tenure, the number of LDI Fellows doubled to 500, representing the expanded breadth of the cross-school, cross-disciplinary network of experts on Penn’s campus dedicated to research to improve the nation’s health system.  LDI has convened national experts to inform such vital issues as the stability of the individual health insurance market and the affordability of emerging gene and cell therapies.  LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium in 2017 brought together 450 leading health care experts from five countries and 27 states to collectively engage in addressing challenges to ensure a brighter future for health care in the U.S. 

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine this year, Dan serves on its Health and Medicine Committee, as well as its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He also currently serves on the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Health Advisors and the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Board on Health.

As Dan brings his many talents to his new role, please join me in congratulating him and wishing him the very best in his new position.

Further information about the search for the new LDI Executive Director is forthcoming.