Jason Karlawish, MD

Jason Karlawish, MD
Senior Fellow

Professor, School of Medicine

Public Health Interests

Aging, Chronic Medical Conditions, Ethics

Current Public-Health Related Activities

Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of Penn’s Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program; co-Director of the Penn Memory Center; the Director of the Alzheimers Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; and director of a CDC funded Healthy Brain Initiative Center. His clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of persons with Alzheimers disease and related disorders. Dr. Karlawish’s research focuses on ethical and policy issues encountered in research and care that engages older adults with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers Disease and Parkinsons Disease, and cognitive aging. His current research includes understanding and addressing the ethical, psychological and legal impacts of applying precision medicine to the brain; developing assessment tools for adult protective service investigators to assess client capacity to manage an immanent risk; and developing the concept of “whealthcare” which describes how a public health approach can promote both cognitive and financial well-being.

Select Publications:

Institute of Medicine (IOM) (Karlawish J, member of Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging): Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action National Academies Press, Washington, DC. Blazer DG, Yaffe K, Liverman CT (eds.). 2015.

Holdren J, Lander E, Press W, Savitz M, Austin W, Chyba C, Bierbaum R, Gates SJ Jr, Cassel C, Gorenberg, Graham SL, Penhoet E, McQuade M, Schaal B, Mirkin C, Schmidt E, Molina M, Schrag D, Mundie C, Boufford JI, Czaja SJ, Kamber T, Dring D, Karlawish J, Lindeman D, Mynatt E, Yeh C, Blumenthal M, Pankevich D, Michael J, Predith A, Saunders R: Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology March 2016.