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Kevin Volpp

Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management

Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute

Vice Chairman for Health Policy, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Research Interests: aetna foundation, aramark, cdc, cvs caremark, discovery (south africa), financial incentives, hewlett foundation, mckinsey, nhlbi, nia, niddk, research interests and funding sources: behavioral economics and health, rwj

Links: CV, Personal Website

Contact Information

Address: Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, 1120 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-573-9718
Office Fax: 215-573-8778


Dr. Volpp’s work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. These studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Aging as well as the National Heart Lung, Blood Institute; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders; the CDC;VA Health Services Research and Development; the US Department of Agriculture; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Humana; Aramark; and Discovery (South Africa).


PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1998; MD, University of Pennsylvania 1998; AB, Harvard College, 1989

Recent Consulting/Advisory Boards

CVS Caremark, VAL Health
World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Behavior

Editorial Boards

JAMA Contributing writer
Health Care: Delivery Science and Innovation


Awards And Honors

  • Elected to Association of American Physicians (AAP), 2012
  • Elected to Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (IOM), 2012
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Innovation Award, 2012
  • British Medical Journal Group Awards for "Translating Research into Practice" for work on Financial Incentives and Smoking Cessation implemented by General Electric nationally for 152,000 employees January, 2010
  • Society of General Internal Medicine Outstanding Research Paper of the Year for Volpp KG, Troxel AB, Pauly MV, et al. New England Journal of Medicine; 2009; 360:699-709, 2010
  • Time Magazine Most Significant Advances in Health 2009 A-Z. Work descibed under "I" for "Incentives", 2009
  • Elected to American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), 2008
  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award, AcademyHealth, for "exceptional promise for future contributions to health services research", 2007
  • Best Paper Award - AcademyHealth Annual R esearch Meeting (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 our of about 1700 submitted., 2007
  • John Thompson Award from Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) for outstanding accomplishments in health services research as a junior investigator, 2006
  • Society of General Internal Medicine Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, 2006
  • Presidential Award for Early Career Scientistis and Engineers (PECASE) - recognized at White House by President Bush with highest honor given by US government for early career scientists, 2005