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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 Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Dr. Umscheid is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Internal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

  • Hospital Medicine Program

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 2014

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

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

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 Learning Network, 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 Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research (HDDR), 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, an evidence-based practice center funded by Penn to synthesize, disseminate, and implement scientific evidence to inform institutional decision making. As Medical Director of Clinical Decision Support at Penn, he has also helped develop and deploy decision support interventions and care pathways to facilitate high-value care. Outside of Penn, Umscheid collaborates with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist with guideline development. He also serves as the Senior Associate Director of the ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). He is Chair of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research, and an invited member of the AHRQ EPC Methods Steering Committee and the AHRQ Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network Steering Committee, a past member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee, 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. Umscheid received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his medical degree from Georgetown, a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Penn, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications:

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, 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 152 (8): 784-791,2017.

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.

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.

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.

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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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