J. Sanford Schwartz

J. Sanford Schwartz
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Leon Hess Professor in Internal Medicine
  • Professor of Health Care Management
  • Professor of Economics

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    Blockley Hall Suite 1120
    423 Guardian Drive
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021

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

Overview

Education

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

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Teaching

Past Courses

  • BIOE575 - HEALTH CARE REFORM

    This course will provide students a broad overview of the current U.S. healthcare system. The course will focus on the challenges facing the health care system, an in-depth understanding of the Affordable Care Act, and its potential impact upon health care access, delivery, cost, and quality. The U.S. health care system is the worlds largest, most technologically advanced, most expensive, with uneven quality, and an unsustainable cost structure. This multi-disciplinary course will explore the history and structure of the current American health care system and the impact of the Affordable Care Act. How did the United States get here? The course will examine the history of and problems with employment-based health insurance, the challenges surrounding access, cost and quality, and the medical malpractice conundrum. As the Affordable Care Act is implemented over the next decade, the U.S. will witness tremendous changes that will shape the American health care system for the next 50 years of more. The course will examine potential reforms, including those offered by liberals and conservatives and information that can be extracted from health care systems in other developed countries. The second half of the course will explore key facets of the Affordable Care Act, including improving access to care and health insurance exchanges, improving quality and constraining costs through health care delivery system reforms, realigning capacity through changes in workforce and medical education, and potential impact on biomedical and other innovation. The course will also examine the political context and process of passing major legislation in general and health care legislation in particular, including constitutional arguments surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Throughout lessons will integrate the disciplines of health economics, health and social policy, law and political science to elucidate key principles.

  • EPID610 - TUTORIAL IN EPI RESEARCH

    This is a tutorial given by each student's advisor. Advisor and student meet weekly. Topics include: discussion and review of epidemiologic concepts and principles, guided readings in the epidemiology of a specific health area, and the development of the research protocol.

  • EPID900 - MASTER'S THESIS

    These are a series of tutorial sessions conducted by the student's advisor, which are to support the student's efforts in developing a research protocol, designing a designing a research project, and completing the study.

  • HCMG250 - HEALTH CARE REFORM

    This course provides students with a rigorous understanding of the American health care system. The course will focus on five topics: 1) the developement of the current health care system; 2) challenges of health care costs, quality, and access; 3) lessons of previous attempts to reform the system and enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); 4) the impact of the ACA on the financing, organization, delivery, and outcomes of the health care system; and 5) probable future evolution of the American health care system. Throughout the course, lessons will integrate health economics, health policy, and politics to elucidate key principles for understanding the health care system. The course will end with a consideration of the long-term outlook for health reform in the United States, including recent pushes for "Medicare for All." Students unable to sign up for the course who want to be placed on a waitlist should email Aaron Glickman at aarongl@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

  • HCMG850 - HEALTH CARE REFORM

    This course provides students with a rigorous understanding of the American health care system. The course will focus on five topics: 1) the development of the current health care system; 2) challenges of health care costs, quality, and access; 3) lessons of previous attempts to reform the system and enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); 4) the impact of the ACA on the financing, organization, delivery, and outcomes of the health care system; and 5) probable future evolution of the American health care system. Throughout the course, lessons will integrate health economics, health policy, and politics to elucidate key principles for understanding the health care system. The course will end with a consideration of the long-term outlook for health reform in the United States, including recent pushes for "Medicare for All."

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