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 medical student Evidence-based Medicine education, the Critical Appraisal certificate course (Epi 806), and the graduate student Systematic Reviews course (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 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. He has over 75 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Hospital Medicine, and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 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.
Crites GE, McNamara MC, Akl EA, Richardson WS, Umscheid CA, Nishikawa J: Evidence in the learning organization BMC Health Research Policy and Systems 7:4 : 2009.
Umscheid CA: Should guidelines incorporate evidence on patient preferences? Journal of General Internal Medicine 24 : 988-90,2009.
Umscheid CA, Williams K, Brennan PJ: 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, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee: 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, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC): 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, Hecht TEH: 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, Matchar DB: 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, Umscheid CA.: 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, Schecter WP.: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017. JAMA Surgery : 2017.
Umscheid CA, Maenner MJ, Mull N, Veesenmeyer AF, Farrar JT, Goldfarb S, Morrison G, Albanese MA, Frohna JG, Feldstein DA: 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, Umscheid CA: 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, Umscheid CA: 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, Lang E.: 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, Whitlock E: 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, Fuchs BD.: 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, Brennan PJ.: 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, Kripalani S.: Assessing preventability in the quest to reduce hospital readmissions. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 9 (9): 598-603,2014.
Mitchell MD, Lavenberg JL, Trotta RL, Umscheid CA.: 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, Feldstein DA.: 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, Trikalinos T.: 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, Umscheid CA.: 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, Kanter MH.: 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, Lee BY: 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, Kelz R: 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.
Umscheid CA: Snapshots of low value medical care JAMA: Internal Medicine 173 (3): 186-187,2013.
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