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National Palliative Care Research Center Awards Grant to Dr. Ravi Parikh

Ravi Parikh

The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) has named CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, a Kornfeld Scholars Program 2020 Grantee. This career development award, according to NPCRC, is given to junior faculty to allow for protected time to develop and conduct the pilot research necessary to be competitive for larger, extramurally funded awards.

Dr. Parikh’s project is on machine learning approaches to improve serious illness communication among patients with advanced cancer. The long-term goal of his research program is to “design and evaluate technology-focused interventions to improve palliative care delivery for patients with cancer.” Learn more about the project here.

“This award is meaningful to me because it is a chance to join a fantastic network and learn how to advance our work in predictive analytics from theory into practice,” said Dr. Ravi, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn and Staff Physician at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. “I’m excited to use data science to actually shift care delivery in such an important area—oncology.”

Dr. Parikh also recently won an R35 subcontract with Justin Bekelman, MD, (PI: Caryn Lerman, MD) to study machine learning mortality risk prediction work.

In addition, Dr. Parikh also had 4 presentations at the recent 2020 ASCO Annual Meeting, including one oral presentation. He will also be speaking at the 4th Advisory Council Meeting on Oncology Alternative Payment Models on June 25, 2020.