Theme Leader, Patient Engagement
Member of the NEJM Catalyst Leadership Board

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Volpp is the founding Director of the Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, one of two NIH-funded Centers on Behavioral Economics and Health in the United States. He is also a Professor of Medicine and Vice Chairman for Health Policy of the Department of Medical Ethics and Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, a Professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School, and one of two Directors of the University of Pennsylvania CDC Prevention Research Center. Dr. Volpp’s research on the impact of financial and organizational incentives on health behavior and health outcomes work has been recognized by numerous awards including the Alice S. Hersh Award from AcademyHealth; the British Medical Journal Group Award for translating Research into Practice; the outstanding paper of the year from multiple research societies; a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE); the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Investigator Award for Career Achievement and Contributions to Clinical and Translational Science; and the Matilda White Riley Award for outstanding contributions to social and behavioral science research from NIH. He served as a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine and is now a Contributing Writer to JAMA. He is an elected member of several honorary societies including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Volpp did his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his training in Economics at the Wharton School. He is a board-certified general internist and practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He has collaborated with and advised a wide variety of private and public sector entities in the United States and internationally and his work has been covered by major media outlets throughout the world such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, The Economist, the BBC, Der Spiegel, and the Australian National Radio.

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Survey: Technology Tools Gain Support — But Cost Is a Hurdle

NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members say patient engagement technology tools must be patient-centric and are most useful for managing chronic disease.

Patient Engagement

My Favorite Slide: One Size Does Not Fit All in Behavioral Interventions

Behavioral interventions can have very different effects in different portions of the population.

Kirchhoff_Volpp_Wood Panel Clip Still: Sharing Behavior Change Strategies Worldwide

Patient Engagement

Sharing Behavior Change Notes Worldwide

The U.S. has pockets of innovation, but they’re not as widespread as in other countries.

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Survey: Far to Go to Meaningful Participation

Results of the second NEJM Catalyst survey on patient engagement show early success, but most initiatives have yet to be scaled up.

Kevin Volpp Panel Clip Still: "Benefits Couldn't Be More Confusing If We Tried"

Patient Engagement

“Benefits Couldn’t Be More Confusing If We Tried”

Can we expect patients to understand the subtleties of value-based benefits design when it’s hard enough for the experts?

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Report: Improved Engagement Leads to Better Outcomes, but Better Tools Are Needed

Data from the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council opinion leaders show that they have strong views on which interventions work and which do not, but low rates of engagement appear to be the norm.

Patient Engagement Panel Clip Still: No Time for Behavior Change Training

Patient Engagement

No Time to Train Patients in Behavior Change?

Clinicians might not have time in their encounters with patients, but they can act as the bridge to those who can.

Wendy Wood, David Kirchhoff, Kevin Volpp Panel Still: How to Help Patients Prioritize Future Health

Patient Engagement

How to Help Patients Prioritize Future Health

It’s about adding friction to unhealthy choices while removing friction from healthy ones.

Kevin Volpp, Wendy Wood, David Kirchhoff Panel Still: Drawing the Line Between Paternalism and Patient-Centered Care

Patient Engagement

Drawing the Line Between Paternalism and Patient-Centered Care

How paternalistic should providers be with patients when trying to improve their health behavior?

Kevin Volpp Introduction to Patient Engagement Talk Still

Patient Engagement

Broadening Health Care’s Product Offerings

Americans want better health, not just health services.

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