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Mary D. Naylor

Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology; Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health

Mary D. Naylor


Dr. Mary D. Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has led a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and translating knowledge designed to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their caregivers.


She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple NIH clinical trials and foundation sponsored implementation efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes, while decreasing use of costly health services.


Dr. Naylor is the 2016 recipient of AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award, a recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2005; she is a member of NAMs Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs the Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative.


Dr. Naylor also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council. In 2016, she completed her six year term as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

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