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Craig A Umscheid, MD, MSCE



Craig A Umscheid, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Dr. Umscheid’s areas of research interest include the synthesis of medical evidence for clinical decision making, the dissemination of evidence into practice, and the use of practical study designs to measure the impact of evidence-based quality improvement. His areas of expertise include clinical epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, evidence-based practice, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, guideline development, computerized clinical decision support (CDS) and hospital medicine. He directs the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-Based Practice, a center funded by Penn to support patient care quality, safety and value through evidence-based practice.

He is also the vice chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Medicine, a practicing hospitalist, medical director of Clinical Decision Support, and a senior fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Umscheid directs the medical student Evidence-based Medicine education, the Critical Appraisal certificate course (Epi 806), and the graduate student Systematic Reviews course (Epi 582). Outside of Penn, he collaborates with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with guideline development. In addition, he serves as the Senior Associate Director of the ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), one of 13 such centers funded to perform comparative effectiveness reviews to inform national healthcare policy. He is an invited member of the AHRQ EPC Methods Steering Committee, a past-member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), a former deputy editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and former chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Evidence-based Medicine Task Force. He has more than 75 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Hospital Medicine, and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Dr. Umscheid received a certificate in biomedical informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 Program at Oregon Health and Sciences University. His post graduate training includes a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago, and a Physician-Scientist Fellowship at Penn.

Content Area Specialties

Evidence-based practice, quality improvement, medical informatics, hospital medicine, general internal medicine

Methodology Specialties

Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, guideline development and implementation, quasi-experimental study designs

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