Rachel M. Werner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton School
Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
Rachel M. Werner, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as well as Professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School. She is the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA. Dr. Werner’s research examines the effects of health care policies on health care organization and delivery, focusing on the role of financial incentives, especially in changing provider behavior, improving racial disparities, and triggering potential unintended consequences. For example, her research was among the first to demonstrate that public reporting of quality information may in fact worsen racial disparities. This work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration, among others, and published in such leading journals as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Services Research, and Health Affairs. Prof. Werner has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Medical Research, and the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.