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Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD

Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD Researcher

Professor of Medicine Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Dr. Halpern is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2019

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: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Thoracic Society Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee, National American Thoracic Society, Member, National NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) External Scientific Panel, National Society for Medical Decision Making, National Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member, National Stakeholder Advisory Group, NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Halpern 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:

End of Life Decision Making
Critical Care Health Services Research
Methodological Innovations in Randomized Trial Designs
Empirical Bioethics
Organ Transplantation
Research Ethics
Allocation of Scarce Resources

Selected Publications:

Halpern SD, Harhay MO, Saulsgiver KA, Brophy C, Troxel A, Volpp KG: A Pragmatic Trial of E-Cigarettes, Incentives, and Drugs for Smoking Cessation New England Journal of Medicine 378 (24): 2302-2310,2018.

Courtright, KR, Cassell JB, Halpern, SD: A Research Agenda for High-Value Palliative Care. Annals of Internal Medicine 168 (7): 71-72,2018.

Detsky ME, Harhay MO, Bayard DF, Delman AM, Buehler AE, Kent SA, Ciuffetelli IV, Cooney E, Gabler NB, Ratcliffe SJ, Mikkelsen ME, Halpern SD: Discriminative accuracy of physician and nurse predictions of survival and functional outcomes 6 months after ICU admission JAMA 317 (2): 2187-2195,2017.

Rolnick, JA; Asch, DA; Halpern, SD: Delegalizing Advance Directives - Facilitating Advance Care Planning New England Journal of Medicine 376 (22): 2105-2107,2017.

Rubin Emily B, Buehler Anna E, Halpern Scott D: States Worse Than Death Among Hospitalized Patients With Serious Illnesses. JAMA internal medicine 176 (10): 1557-1559,2016.

Halpern Scott D: Toward Evidence-Based End-of-Life Care. The New England journal of medicine 373 (21): 2001-3,2015.

Halpern Scott D, French Benjamin, Small Dylan S, Saulsgiver Kathryn, Harhay Michael O, Audrain-McGovern Janet, Loewenstein George, Brennan Troyen A, Asch David A, Volpp Kevin G: Randomized trial of four financial-incentive programs for smoking cessation. The New England Journal of Medicine 372 (22): 2108-17,2015.

Hart Joanna L, Harhay Michael O, Gabler Nicole B, Ratcliffe Sarah J, Quill Caroline M, Halpern Scott D: Variability Among US Intensive Care Units in Managing the Care of Patients Admitted With Preexisting Limits on Life-Sustaining Therapies. JAMA Internal Medicine 175 (6): 1019-26,2015.

Auriemma CL, Nguyen CA, Bronheim R, Kent S, Nadigu S, Pardo D, Halpern SD.: Stability of end-of-life preferences: A systematic review of the evidence JAMA Internal Medicine 174 (7): 1085-1092,2014 .

Wagner J, Gabler NB, Ratcliffe SJ, Brown SES, Strom BL, Halpern SD.: Outcomes among patients discharged from busy intensive care units. Annals of Internal Medicine 159 (7): 447-455,2013.

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