Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Mary Naylor

Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, School of Nursing

Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, School of Nursing

For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has led a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and disseminating research findings designed to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple NIH clinical trials and foundation sponsored translational efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes, while decreasing use of costly health services. Dr. Naylor is the 2016 recipient of AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award, a recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2005.


For eight years, Dr. Naylor served as the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. She recently completed six-year terms as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), board member of the National Quality Forum and member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council. Currently, Dr. Naylor is a member of the NAMs Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs NAMs Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the Institute for Health Improvement’s Scientific Advisory Group, and the Board of Trustees of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.

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