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Jason H. Karlawish, MD

Jason H. Karlawish, MD Physician

Co-Director, Penn Memory Center Professor of Neurology Professor of Medicine Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Dr. Karlawish is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Jason H. Karlawish

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2017-2018

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Geriatric Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Geriatric Medicine, 1998

Clinical Expertise:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Balance Disorders
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Constipation
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Dizziness
  • Elder Abuse
  • Enlarged Prostate BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hypertension
  • Memory Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pick's Disease
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Urinary Incontinence
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Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Memory Center

    Penn Neuroscience Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, South Pavilion, 2nd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: Francis Scott Key Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center


Academy Health, National Alzheimer's Association, Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Working Group, National Alzheimer's Clinical Trial Consortium (ACTC) Ethics and Leadership Committee, National Alzheimer's Disease Association, International Alzheimer's Disease Center, National Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study, National American College of Physicians, National American Geriatrics Society, National Gerontological Society of America, National Global Council on Brain Health-AARP, International Greenwall Foundation, National National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine-Committee on Care Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers, National National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, National National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group, National NIA-AA Diagnostic Guidelines Workgroup, National NIH National Efforts Team for AD/ADRD Recruitment Strategy, National North American Securities Administration Association, Inc. (NASAA), National Pennsylvania's Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program, National The Brookdale Foundation, National The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Karlawish is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Trojanowski JQ, Arnold SE, Karlawish JH, Naylor M, Brunden KR, Lee VM-Y: A model for improving the treatment and care of Alzheimer patients through interdisciplinary research Alzheimer's & Dementia 8 (6): 564-573,2012.

Jefferson AL, Carmona H, Gifford K, Sarinana SL, Byerly LK, Cantwell N, Tripodis Y, Karlawish J: Clinical research risk assessment among individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 20 (10): 878-886,2012.

Naylor MD, Karlawish JH, Arnold SE, Khachaturian AS, Khachaturian ZS, Lee VM-Y, Baumgart M, Banerjee S, Beck C, Blennow K, Brookmeyer R, Brunden KR, Buckwalter KC, Comer M, Covinsky K, Feinberg LF, Frisoni G, Green C, Guimaraes RM, Gwyther LP, Hefti FF, Hutton M, Kawas C, Kent DM, Kuller L, Langa KM, Mahley RW, Maslow K, Masters CL, Meier DE, Neumann PJ, Paul SM, Petersen RC, Sager MA, Sano M, Schenk D, Soares H, Sperling RA, Stahl SM, Van Deerlin V, Stern Y, Weir D, Wolk D, Trojanowski JQ.: Advancing Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, treatment, and care: Recommendations from the Ware Invitational Summit Alzheimer's and Dementia 8 (5): 445-452,2012.

Kesselheim AS, Karlawish J: Biomarkers Unbound - the Supreme Court's Ruling on Diagnostic-Test Patents New England Journal of Medicine 366 (25): 2338-2340,2012.

Lui WCV, Lam CWL, Chau CMR, Fung WTA, Wong MLB, Leung TYG, Leung KF, Chiu FKH, Karlawish JHT, Appelbaum PS: Capacity to Make Decisions on Medication Management in Chinese Older Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer Disease. International Psychogeriatrics 24 (7): 1103-11,2012.

Tsou AY, Karlawish J, McCluskey L, Xie S, Long J: Predictors of emergent feeding tubes and tracheostomies in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 13 (3): 318-325,2012.

Karlawish J: What We Talk About When We Talk About Alzheimer’s Disease Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog : 2012.

Sperling RA, Karlawish J, Johnson KA: Preclinical Alzheimer disease—the challenges ahead Nature Reviews Neurology 9 (1): 54-58,2013.

Flory J, Karlawish J: The Prompted Optional Randomization Trial: A New Design for Comparative Effectiveness Research American Journal of Public Health 102 (12): e8-10,2012.

Meisel ZF, Karlawish J: Narrative vs Evidence-Based Medicine-- And, Not Or Journal of the American Medical Association 306 (18): 2022-2023,2011.

Karlawish J: Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI : 2011.

Karlawish J, Sabatino C, Markowitz D, Rubright J, Klem E, Boruch RF.: Bringing the vote to the residents of long-term care facilities: A study of the benefits and challenges of mobile polling. Election Law Journal 10 (1): 5-14,2011.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Geriatrics
Ralston-Penn Center
3615 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-8997
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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