Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Executive Committee

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Care Management in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She trained in internal medicine at Penn and received her PhD in health economics from the Wharton School. Dr. Werner’s research seeks to understand the effect of health care policies and delivery systems on quality of care. In particular, she has examined the role of provider payment and financial incentives on provider behavior, the organization of health care, racial disparities, and overall health care quality. Her work has empirically investigated numerous unintended consequences to quality improvement incentives and was among the first to recognize that public reporting of quality information may worsen racial disparities. In addition to her research, Dr. Werner is a practicing primary care internist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Read more about Dr. Werner here.