PHILADELPHIA —Scott Halpern  MD, PhD, MBE, assistant professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named an Anniversary Fellow at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the arm of the National Academy of Sciences that advises the nation’s leading decision-makers on health and medicine.

The fellowship is a two-year term during which Dr. Halpern will serve on an expert study committee and participate in other health and science policy work.  He is among four fellows chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the IOM.

Dr. Halpern’s research combines empirical approaches from the fields of epidemiology, health services research, and the decision-making sciences with conceptual work grounded in moral philosophy.  His research is supported by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Heart Association, and by a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics.

Beginning in October, the fellows will work with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to collaborate on initiatives convened by the IOM to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public.

The appointment comes with a $25,000 award to support Dr. Halpern’s research.

Dr. Halpern is also the Deputy Director of the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and Director of the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program.

 “We are delighted to have these exceptional professionals work with the IOM to carry out our programs to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions," said Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg.

For the IOM release, please visit here.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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