Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D. is the John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and a practicing critical care doctor. He is the founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, which generates evidence to advance policies and practices with the goals of improving the lives of all people affected by serious illness and removing the barriers to health equity that commonly face seriously ill patients. He also directs two Centers within PAIR: the NIH-funded Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia, and the BETTER Center (Behavioral Economics to Transform Trial Enrollment Representativeness), which, through support from the American Heart Association, is working to ensure that future clinical trials enroll participants who are proportionally representative of the sex, gender identify, race, socioeconomic, and other characteristics of the patients to whom the trials’ results would be applied. His greatest professional passion is mentoring, and he has been honored as the youngest recipient of the John Hansen-Flaschen Award for Outstanding Mentorship and the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Hastings Center, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Bioethics.
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