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Daniel E. Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc, FACS

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CHERP Core Investigator

  • Staff Surgeon, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS)
  • Medical Director, Surgical Pause Program, National Surgery Office
  • Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • Core Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh
  • Medical Director, High Risk Populations and Outcomes, Wolff Center at UPMC


The Rev. Daniel E. Hall, M.D., M.Div, M.H.Sc., is a general surgeon with training in health services research, quality improvement, moral philosophy, and theology. His diverse portfolio of work aims to develop reliable systems of healthcare delivery that are both technically excellent and directed toward the normative good of human flourishing, conceptualized as the well-functioning of the whole person as appropriate to each patient's vocation. Methods include statistical modeling of large datasets, surveys, qualitative interviews, focus groups, decision support, quality improvement, and implementation science. His specific interests include the measurement and mitigation of surgical frailty, long term loss of independence after surgery, shared decision making, medical ethics, and the formation of virtues necessary for the practice of good medicine. With colleagues across the nation, Dr. Hall led the development, international diffusion, and formal VHA adoption of the Surgical Pause, a program that screens frail patients prior to surgery so that decision-making and care plans can be optimized.

Research Areas
Surgical Frailty
Long-Term Loss of Independence
Shared Decision-Making
Medical Decision-Making and the Clinical Encounter

2024, John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Achievement at a National Level, jointly awarded by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum
2020, National Diffusion Fellow for the Surgical Pause, VA Diffusion of Excellence
2007, Dorris B. Maxwell Award for Research