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Walid Gellad, MD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator

Staff Physician, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Co-Director, Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing


Dr. Gellad's research focuses on physician prescribing practices and on policy issues affecting access and adherence to medications for patients. He was the recipient of a career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the quality and efficiency of prescribing in the VA and is currently funded by the VA, NIH, CDC, and the state of Pennsylvania on multiple studies of pharmaceutical policy and prescription use. His work spans clinical areas, from diabetes, to hepatitis c, to prescription drug and substance abuse. His policy area of expertise is prescription drug pricing and spending. He is a former member of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee on nonprescription drugs and currently an alternate member of the FDA Drug Safety Oversight Board.

Dr. Gellad is also a nationally recognized authority on improving the measurement of medication adherence. In 2015, he founded and chaired the first national conference focused on improving the science behind medication adherence measurement.

Dr. Gellad is board certified in internal medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He sees primary care patients in the VA Pittsburgh Heathcare System and attends on the inpatient general medical service.

News of Note

Dr. Gellad was honored with a 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

CBS Pittsburgh News story

Dr. Gellad's work comparing outcomes for Veterans who are covered by both VHA and Medicare Part D shows significantly higher risk for death from prescription opioids.

Read about Dr. Gellad's publication with Secretary Shulkin in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

Read profile of Dr. Gellad in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Funded Research

STORM Implementation Program Evaluation (SDR 16-193) as Principal Investigator

Research Areas

  • Pharmacy Policy
  • Physician Prescribing Practices