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CHERP’s Werner Elected to Ntl Academy of Medicine

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, has earned many national awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award, and has now been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. In 2018, she won the Excellence in Teaching Award for her work with students in the MS in Health Policy Research program at Penn.

By VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Friday, October 19, 2018

CHERP’s Rachel Werner, MD, PhD Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, CHERP Core Investigator, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the nation’s highest honors in biomedicine.  Dr. Werner is one of 75 new U.S. and 10 international members elected by their peers for accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.


Dr. Werner, a Philadelphia VA physician since 2005, is also professor of Medicine, of Health Care Management in the Wharton School, director of Health Policy and Outcomes Research in the Department of Medicine, and associate chief for research in the division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a practicing general internist and a PhD-trained health economist.

Dr. Werner has also served as Co-Director, with CHERP’s Judith Long, MD, of the VISN4 Center for the Evaluation of PACT (CEPACT) since its founding.
 
Her research has examined the use of financial incentives to improve health care quality, and the unintended consequences that often accompany them.

She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Dissertation Award and the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the American Federation of Medical Research Outstanding Investigator Award. Werner has influenced policy as a member of the National Quality Forum's Expert Panel on Risk Adjustment and Socioeconomic Status and an advisor to the federal government on quality measurement and quality improvement incentives. 

NAM, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of professionals from diverse fields, including health and medicine, and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. Its mission is to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and globally.



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