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PVAMC Physician Elected to Institute of Medicine

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Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D. is elected to the Institute of Medicine.

By Public Affairs Office
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

PVAMC physician Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D., a core investigator with the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Dr. Volpp has practiced medicine at PVAMC and led research at CHERP since 2001.  His studies have included “Comparing Disparities Inside and Outside the VA ,” “ Using Economic Tools to Improve the Health of Veterans,” and “Impact of Resident Work Hour Rules on Errors and Quality in VA Hospitals.”  He has also served on national advisory committees to address quality and patient safety in VHA, as well as the overall strategic direction of VA research.  Dr. Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI CHIBE), Director of the NIH-funded Penn CMU Roybal P30 Center in Behavioral Economics and Health, and a Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Health Care Management at the Wharton School.

Dr. Volpp's research program focuses on the impact of financial and organizational incentives on health outcomes. His work has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs and has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Good Morning America, the BBC, National Public Radio, Time, US News and World Report, USA Today, Der Spiegel, and Australian National Radio. A recent intervention study on financial incentives and smoking cessation among employees at General Electric resulted in tripling of long-term smoking cessation rates and implementation of a program based on this approach nationally among all 152,000 GE employees in the U.S. and was the winner of the 2010 British Medical Journal Group Award for Translating Research into Practice.

"The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others. We look forward to drawing on their knowledge and skills to improve health through the work of the IOM."


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