Pediatrician and healthcare economist Jeffrey H. Silber, MD, PhD has been named the first Nancy Abramson Wolfson Endowed Chair in Health Services Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Outcomes Research, Dr. Silber is an authority on outcomes measurement and severity of illness adjustment.
Since its inception in 1988, the Hospital’s Endowed Chair program has supported pioneering investigators working to understand and treat childhood diseases. Named for an honoree, endowed chairs currently provide crucial, assured funding to more than 100 CHOP researchers.
The new Endowed Chair is named for longtime Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees member Nancy Abramson Wolfson, who has served as the chair of the Hospital’s annual fundraising Daisy Day Luncheon for the past 15 years. Over the years, the luncheon has raised more than $14 million to support care and research at CHOP, and the 2013 Daisy Day Luncheon raised more than $1.5 million to support Children’s Hospital’s Pain Management Program. The Endowed Chair was created to honor Nancy Abramson Wolfson’s contributions, and to ensure that the Hospital will be able to continue to recruit and support top researchers and pediatricians like Dr. Silber.
After receiving his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completing his Pediatrics Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Silber joined the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied economics and began working in cancer survivorship in CHOP’s Division of Oncology. He completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at CHOP in 1988, and received his PhD in Health Care Management from The Wharton School in 1990. In 1989 he became an assistant professor in CHOP and Penn’s Division of Pediatric Oncology, eventually earning the rank of Professor in 2004. In addition to his role at CHOP, Dr. Silber is also professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School.
In 1990 Dr. Silber created the Failure-to-Rescue metric, which has since been adopted by numerous groups interested in measuring hospital quality of care, including being endorsed by the National Quality Forum. He has published extensively on the use of multivariate matching in healthcare, and has applied this approach to problems in both pediatric and adult medicine and surgery, disparities research, and cancer. Dr. Silber has twice been awarded the Article of the Year Award in Health Services Research from AcademyHealth, the leading professional organization concerning Health Services Research in the U.S.
In addition, since 1997 Dr. Silber has directed CHOP’s Center for Outcomes Research, which aims to improve health outcomes through the development, testing, and application of innovative, practical metrics that serve as tools to transform the quality and efficiency of health care. Dr. Silber has been the principal investigator on numerous federal grants involving health services research, including recent support to CHOP as one of seven Centers of Excellence by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for advancing the field of pediatric quality assessment through the national Pediatric Quality Measures Program.
To learn more about the work being done at the Center for Outcomes Research, see the Center’s website.