Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH

Picture of Marilyn M. Schapira

CHERP Associate Director & Core Investigator

  • Co-Director, Mentoring, Research Ethics, & Career Development Core (MEC), CHERP
  • Staff Physician, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC)
  • Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Director of General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP), University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania


Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH is a CHERP Associate Director, Core Investigator, and Co-Director of the Mentoring, Research Ethics, and Career Development (MEC) Core. Dr. Schapira is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, General Internal Medicine.

The overarching goal of Dr. Schapira's research is to improve evidence-based, informed, and value-aligned medical decisions. Dr. Schapira has advanced methods to promote effective risk communication and medical decision making, the adoption of evidence-based medicine, and the communication of scientific evidence. Her research is transdisciplinary drawing upon theoretical foundations in clinical medicine, cognitive and social psychology, economics, education, and biostatistics. She has content and methods expertise in the areas of health literacy, health numeracy, patient-provider communication, and value and preference assessment. Her methods expertise includes qualitative studies, survey design, consensus formation, and the development and evaluation of decision support interventions. Her research focuses on the clinical area of cancer control. Dr. Schapira is an Associate Editor of the Medical Decision Making and Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice journals. Dr. Schapira is a Co-Director of the Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and an Associate Director for the CMCVAMC National Clinician Scholar Program (NCSP) Advanced Fellowship.

Research Areas
Health Numeracy
Risk Communication
Shared Decision Making
Cancer Prevention and Control

2024, Perelman School of Medicine Master's & Certificate Programs Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania
2022, Masters of Science in Health Policy Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania
2018, Elnora M. Rhodes Service Award for Exceptional Service to Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and its Mission, SGIM
2016, Distinguished Service Award, Society for Medical Decision Making