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J. Sanford Schwartz

Leon Hess Professor in Internal Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Health Care Management

Professor of Economics

Research Interests: adoption and diffusion of medical innovation, assessment of medical technology and medical practices, cost-quality tradeoffs in health care, health economics, health policy, medical decision making

Links: Personal Website


MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1974; AB, University of Rochester, 1970

Recent Consulting

Health Care Financing Administration; Agency for Health Care Policy and Research; Centers for Disease Control; National Institutes of Health; Department of Defense; World Health Organization; Presidential Commission on Social Affairs, Chamber of Deputies, Rome, Italy; National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine; American College of Physicians; Institute of Health Care Evaluation, Texas A&M University; New Jersey Department of Health; Hewlett Packard Corporation; Merck, Sharpe, & Dohme; SmithKline Beecham; Ciba-Geigy; Warner Lambert; Pfizer; Abbott Laboratories; Becton-Dickinson; Schering-Plough, Johnson & Johnson Companies, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, MacNeil Pharmaceuticals, Rhone-Poulenc-Rohrer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Associations of America; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Association of Academic Medical Centers

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1989-present. University of Pennsylvania: 1975-present (Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, 1989-98; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, 1989-98)

Other Positions

Director, Clinical Efficiency Assessment, American College of Physicians, 1981-83; Chief, Ambulatory Health Care, Philadelphia Veteran's Administration Medical Center, 1977-78