Rachel Werner
  • Titles:
  • Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
  • Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Education:
  • Macalester College, BA
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD
  • The Wharton School, Department of Health Care Systems, PhD


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 quality improvement 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.  Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Aging, the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality and the Veterans Administration.  She has received numerous awards including the Dissertation Award and the Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  Her research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA, Health Services Research, and Health Affairs. 

Dr. Werner received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she also did her residency in Internal Medicine.  She received a Ph.D. in health economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her research, Dr. Werner is a practicing primary care internist at the Philadelphia VA Medical.

Selected Publications

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