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

Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD

Janet and John Haas President’s Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Volpp is the Janet and John Haas President’s Distinguished Professor and 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.

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Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Survey: Social Networks to Improve Patient Health

Social networks — both face-to-face and virtual — have been shown to positively impact behaviors such as weight loss and smoking cessation. Is the health care industry ready to more widely leverage this mechanism for increasing healthy behaviors among patients?

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Patient Engagement

Biggest Challenges to Redesigning Health Care

The real value in health care systems is in human interactions.

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Patient Engagement

Is Customization a Solution?

How can you scale customized care?

Patient Voice Roundtable Group

Patient Engagement

Insights Roundtable Report: Measuring What Matters and Capturing the Patient Voice

From a roundtable discussion and NEJM Catalyst survey, a framework for defining the patient voice and integrating it into care delivery.

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Survey: How to Hardwire Engagement into Care Delivery Processes

Technology and social networks can help, but nurses and care teams remain essential, say NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members.

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.

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Patient Engagement

Can the Uber Experience Apply to Patients?

When it comes to improving patient experience for primary care appointments, we have to flip our thinking.

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Patient Engagement

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High-fidelity emotional relationships on the other end of an Internet connection are the way of health care’s future.

Patient Engagement

We Can Do Better

Imagine an alternative world where we could prevent patients at elevated risk from ever having a heart attack.

Patient Engagement

Hardwiring Patient Engagement to Deliver Better Health

Imagine a world in which health care was not “one size fits all,” but customized for each patient individually.

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