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Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE Physician

Director, Center for Evidence-Based Practice Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Medicine Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Umscheid is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Internal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

  • Hospital Medicine Program

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 2004

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr Umscheid is board certified in internal medicine and practices inpatient general internal medicine (i.e. hospital medicine) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He does not practice internal medicine in the outpatient setting.

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Hospital Medicine

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Maloney Building, 5th Floor 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


AHRQ Patient Centered Clinical Decision Support (PCCDS) Learning Network (LN) Advisory Council, National American College of Physicians, National Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Methods Steering Committee, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Executive Board, EBSCO Health-DynaMed, National Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and, International Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, National New York Academy of Medicine, Local Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems, National Society of Hospital Medicine, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Umscheid is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Medicine, a practicing hospitalist, and Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP), an evidence-based practice center funded by Penn to support patient care quality, safety, and value through evidence-based practice. To accomplish this mission, CEP performs rapid systematic reviews to inform institutional decision-making, translates evidence into practice through clinical decision support interventions and clinical pathways, and provides education in evidence-based quality improvement to trainees, staff, and faculty. He is also Medical Director of Clinical Decision Support at Penn, and a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Umscheid directs the Critical Appraisal course (Epi 806) in the research certificate program and the graduate student course in Systematic Reviews (Epi 582). Outside of Penn, he collaborates with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with guideline development. In addition, he serves as the Senior Associate Director of the ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), one of 13 such centers funded to perform comparative effectiveness reviews to inform national healthcare policy. He is an invited member of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems, the AHRQ Patient Centered Clinical Decision Support – Learning Network (PCCDS-LN) Advisory Council, and the AHRQ EPC Methods Steering Committee, a past-member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), a former Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and former Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Evidence-based Medicine Task Force. Dr. Umscheid received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his medical degree from Georgetown, a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where he is a Senior Scholar, and a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 Program at Oregon Health and Sciences University. His post graduate training includes a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, and a Physician-Scientist Fellowship at Penn.

Selected Publications:

Crites GE, McNamara MC, Akl EA, Richardson WS, Umscheid CA: Evidence in the learning organization BMC Health Research Policy and Systems 7:4 : 2009.

Should guidelines incorporate evidence on patient preferences? Journal of General Internal Medicine 24 : 988-90,2009.

Umscheid CA, Williams K: Hospital-based comparative effectiveness centers: translating research into practice to improve the quality, safety and value of patient care Journal of General Internal Medicine 25 (12): 1352-1355,2010.

Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Brennan PJ: Updating the guideline development methodology of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee American Journal of Infection Control 38 (4): 264-73,2010.

Gould CV, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Kuntz G, Pegues DA: Guideline for the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 31 (4): 319-326,2010.

Umscheid CA, Hanish A, Chittams J, Weiner M: Effectiveness of a novel and scalable clinical decision support intervention to improve venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: a quasi-experimental study BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 12:92 : 2012.

Smetana GW, Umscheid CA, Chang S: Methods guide for authors of systematic reviews of medical tests: a collaboration between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Journal of General Internal Medicine Journal of General Internal Medicine 27 (Supplement 1): S1-S3.,2012.

Baillie CA, VanZandbergen C, Tait G, Hanish A, Leas B, French BC, Hanson CW, Behta M: The readmission risk flag: using the electronic health record to automatically identify patients at risk for 30 day readmission. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 8 (12): 689-695,2013.

Berríos-Torres SI, Umscheid CA, Bratzler DW, Leas B, Stone EC, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Morgan S, Solomkin JS, Mazuski JE, Dellinger EP, Itani K, Berbari EF, Segreti J, Parvizi J, Blanchard J, Allen G, Kluytmans JAJW, Donlan R: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017. JAMA Surgery 152 (8): 784-791,2017.

Umscheid CA, Maenner MJ, Mull N, Veesenmeyer AF, Farrar JT, Goldfarb S, Morrison G, Albanese MA, Frohna JG: Using educational prescriptions to teach medical students evidence-based medicine Medical Teacher 38 (11): 1112-1117.,2016.

Jayakumar KL, Lavenberg JA, Mitchell MD, Doshi JA, Leas B, Goldmann DR, Williams K, Brennan PJ: Evidence synthesis activities of a hospital evidence-based practice center and impact on hospital decision making. Journal of Hospital Medicine 11 (3): 185-192.,2016.

Han JH, Sullivan N, Leas BF, Pegues DA, Kaczmarek JL: Cleaning hospital room surfaces to prevent healthcare-associated infections: a systematic overview. Annals of Internal Medicine. 163 (8): 598-607,2015.

Wyer PC, Umscheid CA, Wright S, Silva SA: Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care (TEACH) 2009-2014: Building evidence-based capacity within health care provider organizations. eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes) 3 (2): 7,2015.

Hartling L, Guise J-M, Kato E, Anderson J, Belinson S, Berliner E, Dryden DM, Featherstone R, Mitchell MD, Motu’apuaka M, Noorani H, Paynter R, Robinson KA, Schoelles K, Umscheid CA: A taxonomy of rapid reviews linking report types and methods to specific decision-making contexts Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 68 (12): 1451-1462,2015.

Umscheid CA, Betesh J, VanZandbergen C, Hanish A, Tait G, Mikkelsen ME, French BC: Development, implementation and impact of an automated Early Warning and Response System for Sepsis. Journal of Hospital Medicine 10 (1): 26-31,2015.

Umscheid CA: Incentivizing “structures” over “outcomes” to bridge the knowing–doing gap JAMA: Internal Medicine. 175 (3): 354-355.,2015.

Lavenberg JG, Leas B, Umscheid CA, Williams K, Goldman DR: Assessing preventability in the quest to reduce hospital readmissions. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 9 (9): 598-603,2014.

Mitchell MD, Lavenberg JL, Trotta RL: Hourly rounding to improve nursing responsiveness: a systematic review. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44 (9): 462-72,2014.

Zipkin DA, Umscheid CA, Keating NL, Allen E, Aung K, Beyth R, Kaatz S, Mann DM, Sussman JB, Korenstein D, Schardt C, Nagi A, Sloane R: Evidence-based risk communication: a systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine. 161 (4): 270-280.,2014.

Guise JM, Chang C, Viswanathan M, Glick S, Treadwell J, Umscheid CA, Whitlock E, Fu R, Berliner E, Paynter R, Anderson J, Motu’apuaka P: AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center methods: Conducting systematic reviews of complex multi-component health care interventions. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 67 (11): 1181-1191,2014.

Baillie CA, Epps M, Hanish A, Fishman NO, French B: Usability and impact of a computerized clinical decision support intervention designed to reduce urinary catheter utilization and catheter-associated urinary tract infections . Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 35 (9): 1147-55.,2014.

Graber ML, Trowbridge R, Myers JS, Umscheid CA, Strull W: The next organizational challenge: finding and addressing diagnostic error. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 40 (3): 102-110,2014.

Bartsch SM, Umscheid CA, Fishman NO: Is fidaxomicin worth the cost? An economic analysis Clinical Infectious Diseases 57 (4): 555-561,2013.

Barbieri J, Fuchs B, Fishman N, Cutilli C, Umscheid CA, Kean C, Koshy S, Sullivan P, Brennan PJ: The mortality review committee: a novel and scalable approach to reducing inpatient mortality Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 39 (9): 387-395,2013.

Snapshots of low value medical care JAMA: Internal Medicine 173 (3): 186-187,2013.

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Academic Contact Info

Penn Medicine
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
South Pavilion, 6th Floor, Room 623
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8098
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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