University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Ralston-Penn Center
3615 Chestnut Street

Phone: 215-898-8997
Research Area(s): Physical Activity

Jason Karlawish, MD

Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Perelman School of Medicine

Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on ethical and policy issues encountered in research and care that engages older adults with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging. He is currently examining the clinical and social impacts of changing concepts of Alzheimer’s disease. He developed the concept of “whealthcare,” a novel model to promote cognitive health and maintain wealth with a particular focus on the banking and financial services industries ( He is the author of the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, and is a regular contributor to To learn more about his research and writing, visit