Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton School

Dr. Werner, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as well as the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School. 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 was among the first to recognize that public reporting of quality information may worsen racial disparities.


Her research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA, Health Services Research, and Health Affairs. Beyond publication, Dr. Werner has influenced policy as a member of numerous federal advisory committees. She is a Core Investigator with the VA HSR&D Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), and directs one of four national centers to evaluate the effectiveness of the VA’s medical home. 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.

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