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Jason Karlawish, MD

Jason KarlawishJason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics with tenure, Senior Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Associate Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Associate Director of the Penn Memory Center and the Director of the Alzheimers Disease Center’s Education, Recruitment and Retention Core. His clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of persons with Alzheimers disease and related disorders. He co-directs the ethics track of Penn’s Masters in Clinical Science of Epidemiology program. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Greenwall Foundation, the largest foundation dedicated to supporting research in bioethics.

He studied medicine at Northwestern University and Johns Hopkins University, and did post-graduate fellowships in bioethics and geriatric medicine at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Karlawish’s research examines ethical and policy issues in research and care of older adults, particularly those with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers Disease and Parkinsons Disease. His has investigated issues in dementia drug development, informed consent, quality of life, research and treatment decision making, biomarkers, and voting by persons with cognitive impairment and residents of long term care facilities. He developed the ACED -- the assessment for capacity for everyday decisionmaking -- an instrument to assist in judging a person’s capacity to manage their functional deficits. His current research is examining the clinical and policy implications of how risk is changing concepts of disease, medicine, health and aging. This work has introduced the concept of “desktop medicine,” a model of medicine grounded in a concept of disease as risk and treatment as risk reduction. His novel, Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, published in the Fall 2011, is based on historical events along the 19th century American frontier. The story chronicles how ambition tragically corrupts a researcher’s commitment to science and a research participant’s dignity and well-being.

His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics, a Brookdale Fellowship, a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and the Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program. He is a recipient of the Lancet’s Wakley Prize.

He has disseminated his work in over 100 peer reviewed publications and chapters in leading textbooks of medicine and bioethics, testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Aging and the Department of Health and Human Services Subcommittee on the Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-making in Research, and collaborations with the Alzheimers Association Financial Advisory Council, American Bar Association, American Association of Retired Persons, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Society for Nuclear Medicine’s Task Force on Amyloid Imaging, the State of Vermont, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1998