Rachel Werner, MD, PhD
Dr. Rachel Werner is the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Werner has built a foundational research program examining the effects of healthcare policies on healthcare delivery, using methods designed to draw causal inference from observational data. She has investigated the unintended consequences of quality improvement incentives and her research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. Beyond publication, Dr. Werner has influenced policy as a member of numerous panels advising state and federal governments and national organizations, including the National Quality Forum’s Expert Panel on Risk Adjustment and Socioeconomic Status, and as an advisor to the federal government on quality measurement and quality improvement incentives. She is a core investigator with the VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, and directs one of four national centers to evaluate the effectiveness of the VA's medical home. Dr. Werner has received numerous awards for her work, including 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. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Macalester College, and her medical degree and doctoral degree in Health Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.