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Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD

Degree and Institution

PhD, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1998; MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

Faculty Title

Assistant Professor, Medicine and Health Care Systems, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School

Research Expertise

Health services research; health economics; delivery of health care; quality of health care; motivation

Other Affiliations
The Wharton School

Resident in Internal Medicine, 2001

Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, 2001

Honors and Award



Most Outstanding Abstract citation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting - Top 30 of about 1700 submitted (with Meena Seshamani, 2004; with David Song, 2005; with Jalpa Doshi, 2006; with Amol Navathe, 2007)



Presidential Award for Early Career Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) - recognized at White House by President Bush with highest honor given by US government for early career scientists



Society of General Internal Medicine Outstanding Junior Investigator Award



John Thompson Award from Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) for outstanding accomplishments in health services research as a junior investigator



Best Paper Award (with Lisa Bolton, Americus Reed II, Katrina Armstrong), "How Does Drug and Supplement Marketing Affect a Healthy Lifestyle", The Association for Consumer Research



Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award, AcademyHealth, for "exceptional promise for future contributions to health services research"



Best Paper Award - AcademyHealth (with A Rosen, P Romano, P Rosenbaum, J Silber) - "Impact of ACGME Duty Hours on Mortality Among Patients in VA Hospitals" - one of three highest rated abstracts out of about 1700 submitted.



Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, University of Pennsylvania, recognizing one junior faculty member for achievement in the health evaluation sciences 



Elected to American Society Clinical Investigation (ASCI)


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Contact Information

Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D.

1232 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021

Office Phone: 573-0270
Fax: 215-573-8778

Amie DeMarco
Office Phone: 215-573-9718
Appointment Phone: 215-573-9718
Fax: 215-573-8778

Dr. Volpp's research program focuses on the impact of financial and organizational incentives on health outcomes. His work developing and testing innovative ways of incenting patients using concepts from behavioral economics examines the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of financial incentives in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. These approaches have the potential to dramatically increase the rates of healthy behaviors by better aligning incentives between patients, employers, large insurers, and health systems.

Dr. Volpp also has completed a number of important studies using administrative data to examine the impact on health outcomes of major policy changes. This work has included several studies examining the impact on patient outcomes of the ACGME regulation of work hours for physicians in training, the first time that work hours for physicians has been regulated in the United States. He also has completed a number of studies examining the impact of changes in hospital payment and financial stress in hospitals on patient outcomes.

His work has been recognized by receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine; the John Thompson Prize from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; and the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth.