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Peter P. Reese, MD, MSCE

Peter P. Reese, MD, MSCE

Peter P. Reese, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology, is the 2020 recipient of the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award, which is granted to a member of the Perelman School of Medicine faculty for a body of work with an emphasis on health services research.

Dr. Reese is an internationally-recognized leader in the areas of transplantation and nephrology. His research paved the way for the transplant field to make use of the thousands of discarded organs from donors infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Dr. Reese’s team recognized that new direct-acting antiviral medications created opportunities to offer these organs from deceased opioid epidemic victims to well-informed patients without HCV. His trials in the areas of kidney (THINKER), heart, and lung transplantation designed with Penn colleagues led to outstanding results, including 100% HCV cure rates, good allograft function, and manageable side effects.  Through his collaboration with French researchers, Dr. Reese also paved the way for the use of organs from older and comorbid donors. He developed a widely-cited ethical model of how centers should separate the interests of donors and transplant candidates and focus on donors with risk factors for kidney disease.  He also made important contributions to health behavior change in transplantation and nephrology in the area of medication non-adherence. A winner of multiple awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, in 2020, he and his team received the Innovation Award from the American Society of Transplantation for the THINKER trial. In summary, a colleague said, “Dr. Peter Reese is a superlative researcher with the rare ability to rapidly translate scientific insights into tangible benefits for patient care and better public policy.”