Dr. Reese's research focuses on the development of effective strategies to increase access to solid organ transplantation and to reduce complications after transplantation. His research is motivated by the widening gap between the number of patients wait-listed for transplants and the limited number of organs available. He uses tools from epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research and medical ethics to describe disparities in transplantation and methods to overcome them. His research also encompasses the use of novel tools in behavioral health to improve important decisions such as organ donation and medication adherence. Through policy development work with the United Network for Organ Sharing, Dr. Reese helps to translate clinical research into effective national policy.
Dr. Reese has written specifically about barriers to live donor transplantation, the use of kidneys from deceased donors at increased risk of HIV and other blood-borne viral infection, and the implications of organ allocation for vulnerable populations including the elderly and children. His work was among the first to examine the practice of ethical implications of accepting live kidney donors with risk factors for kidney disease.
In the last five years, Dr. Reese's research efforts have been supported by: 1) NIH grants to study variation in live donor kidney transplantation across transplant centers, and the impact of functional status on kidney transplant outcomes, 2) a T. Franklin Williams Award in geriatric research (co-sponsored by the Association of Specialty Professors and the American Society of Nephrology) to examine the effects of emerging organ allocation proposals on older kidney transplant candidates 3) funding from the American Society of Transplantation to study outcomes among older live kidney donors, 4) a Greenwall Faculty Scholars grant to examine the ethical implications of novel methods to increase organ donor registration and 5) funding from the NIH and CVS-Caremark to test innovative strategies for improving medication adherence. In recognition of his contributions to transplant research, he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in July 2012. The PECASE "recognizes and supports scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge."
Reese PP, Feldman HI, McBride MA, Anderson K, Bloom R: Substantial variation in the acceptance of medically complex live kidney donors across US renal transplant centers. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008; 8(10):2062-2070.
Reese PP, Feldman HI, Asch DA, Halpern SD, Blumberg EA, Thomassen A, Shults J, Bloom RD: Recipient and allograft survival with kidney transplantation using deceased donors at increased risk for blood borne viral infection. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009; 9(10):2338-2345.
Halpern SD, Raz A, Kohn R, Asch DA, Reese PP: Regulated payments for living kidney donation: An empirical assessment of the ethical concerns. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2010; 152(6):358-65.