Scott Halpern, MD, PhD

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD

Co-Investigator

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, is the founding director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, founding director of the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program, a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economic (CHIBE), and a practicing critical care medicine doctor. By blending ethical analyses and empirical research, Dr. Halpern’s work promotes the ideals of fairness and value in how scarce healthcare resources, including transplantable organs, ICU beds and services, and clinicians’ time are allocated to seriously ill patients. The PAIR Center conducts large, pragmatic randomized trials of interventions that seek to improve the lives of all people affected by serious illness.The FIELDS program includes scholars from multiple health-related disciplines who use principles of behavioral economics in an effort to understand and improve upon the healthcare decisions made by seriously ill patients and their family members and clinicians. Finally, his work through the CHIBE develops behavioral economic interventions that motivate smoking cessation, research participation, and reductions in the use of low-value healthcare services, without unduly constraining autonomous choice.