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

Phone: 215-898-8997
Email: Jason.Karlawish@uphs.upenn.edu
Research Area(s): Physical Activity Population Health

Jason Karlawish, MD

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


Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at Penn and cares for patients at the Penn Memory Center (www.pennmemorycenter.org), which he co-directs. His research focuses on issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging and the neurosciences. He created standards for Alzheimer’s disease biomarker disclosure and investigated the clinical impacts of this knowledge on persons and their families. His instrument that assesses a person’s ability to solve an everyday functional problem, the Assessment of Capacity for Everyday Decisionmaking, or ACED, is widely disseminated. 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 (www.whealthcare.org). A writer, his essays have appeared in Forbes.com, KevinMD, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and STAT news. He is the author of Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, a novel based on true events along the 19th century American frontier and is currently writing The Disease of the Century, an account of how Alzheimer’s disease became a crisis and the steps needed to address it (Macmillan/St Martin’s Press).