Ross Koppel, PhD

Ross Koppel, PhD
Senior Fellow

Professor of Sociology & LDI Senior Fellow

Public Health Interests

Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Professor Koppel is a leading scholar of healthcare IT, and of the interactions of people, computers and workplaces. He focuses on medication error and the use of medical records for epidemiology, public health, and reduction of errors. His articles in JAMA, JAMIA, Annals of Internal Medicine, NEJM, Health Affairs, Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Care, Journal of Managed Care, Chest, and AHRQ-M&Ms, et cetera are considered seminal works. Professor Koppel is on the faculty of the Sociology Department and of the Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania. Koppel is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute at Penn’s Wharton School. In addition, Koppel is a co-investigator of Penn’s National Science Foundation Project on Safe Cyber Communication and Smart s. At Harvard, Dr. Koppel is co-PI on the FDA-funded study of prescribing errors related to patient data displays. Also at Harvard, he is the Internal Evaluator of their project that created the new HIT architecture (SMART). His work combines ethnographic research, extensive statistical analysis, surveys, and usability studies. Koppel was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and has won five of the top award in applied sociology offered by the discipline. His work in medical informatics reflects his 46-year career as researcher and sociologist of work and organizations, statistics, ethnographic research, survey research, and medical sociology. In the past 3 years he has published over 50 articles and book chapters in addition to two books.

Select Publications:

Ross Koppel and Susanne Gordon. 2012.  First, Do Less Harm: Confronting The Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Ross Koppel. 2013 Keynote Chapter: Is HIT evidenced-based?  International Medical Informatics Yearbook. Stuttgart: Schattauer Publishers

Loren Riskin, Ross Koppel, David Riskin 2015 Re-examining health IT policy: what will it take to derive value from our investment? .  J Am Medical Informatics. 22; 459-464

Sean W Smith and Ross Koppel  2013  Healthcare information technology’s relativity problems: a typology of how patients’ physical reality, clinicians’ mental models, and healthcare information technology differ. J Amer Medical Informatics Assoc.