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Scott Lorch, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Provider

Kristine Sandberg Knisely Professor in Neonatology

Dr. Lorch is employed by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neonatology and Newborn Services

Programs & Centers:

  • Neonatology Program (Intensive Care Nursery)

Board Certification:

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2003
  • Pediatrics, 1999

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


AcademyHealth, National Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Birth Defects Surveillance Program, Pennsylvania State Department of Health, Local American Academy of Pediatrics, National Content Expert, Maternal Child Health Bureau Title V, Measure III, Risk-Adjusted Perinatal Care, National Member, American Pediatric Society, National Member, Clinical and Public Health Practice Workgroup, Prematurity Campaign Collaborative, March of Dimes, National Member, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, National Member, Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Research, National Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, National Society for Pediatric Research, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lorch is employed by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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.


Description of Research Expertise:

My area of expertise is health services research, perinatal epidemiology, and health economics. Our research group is focused on answering the question, “why do children have different outcomes”, whether those outcomes are health care use, morbidity and mortality, or neurocognitive outcomes. Our group focuses in three specific areas of research:
1) Quality Assessment and Measurement: We are part of the CHOP center for pediatric quality metrics, one of 7 AHRQ funded sites in the US tasked to define and validate various measures of quality. We have experience using large datasets to assess various measures of pediatric and neonatal care, including the use of hospital readmissions; neonatal complications; and neonatal mortality.
2) Racial/ethnic disparities in care: We have extensive experience quantifying the differences in outcomes between children of different racial/ethnic groups, and to use a number of sophisticated techniques to help define the factors that mediate these differences, including mediation analyses and other techniques we are developing to use on large administrative datasets and longitudinal cohort studies. We have also begun to examine how racial/ethnic disparities may explain, or not explain, observed differences in care delivered by hospitals with similar structures, such as level of NICU.
3) Organization of perinatal and pediatric care: We have several Federally-funded grants to evaluate the impact of structures of health care on perinatal outcomes, from the hospital level to the larger state level.
In addition, we are interested in factors that may explain differences in the processes of care delivered by different hospitals, and how these differences translate into differences in outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Lorch SA, Baiocchi M, Ahlberg CE, Small, DS: The differential impact of delivery hospital on the outcomes of premature infants Pediatrics 130 (2): 270-278,2012.

Lorch SA, Srinivas SK, Ahlberg C, Small DS: The impact of obstetric unit closures on maternal and infant pregnancy outcomes Health Serv Res 48 (2 Pt 1): 455-75,2013.

Lorch SA: Quality measurements in pediatrics: What do they assess? JAMA Pediatr 167 (1): 89-90,2013.

Lorch SA, Kroelinger CD, Ahlberg C, Barfield WD: Factors that mediate racial/ethnic disparities in US fetal death rates Am J Pub Health 102 (10): 1902-1910,2012.

Lorch SA, Maheshwari P, Even-Shoshan O: The impact of certificate of need programs on neonatal intensive care units J Perinatol 32 (1): 39-44,2012.

Goyal N, Fager C, Lorch SA: Adherence to discharge guidelines for late-preterm newborns Pediatrics 128 (1): 62-71,2011.

Tucker Edmonds B, Fager C, Srinivas S, Lorch SA: Racial and ethnic differences in use of intubation for periviable neonates Pediatrics 127 (5): e1120-e1127,2011.

Lorch SA, Baiocchi M, Silber JH, Even-Shoshan, O, Escobar GJ, Small DS: The role of outpatient facilities in explaining variations in risk-adjusted readmission rates between hospitals Hlth Serv Res 45 (1): 24-41,2010.

Lorch SA, Wade KC, Bakewell-Sachs S, Medoff-Cooper B, Escobar GJ, Silber JH: Racial differences in the use of respiratory medications in premature infants after discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit J Pediatr 151 (6): 604-610,2007.

Lorch SA, Silber JH, Even-Shoshan O, Millman A: Use of prolonged travel to improve pediatric risk adjustment models Health Serv Res 44 (2, Part I): 519-541,2009.

Academic Contact Info

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street, Room 10251

Philadelphia, PA 19146-2305
Phone: (267) 425-1454
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)