Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Health Policy

Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton


Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, is the division chief of Health Policy for the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, the founding director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), and the Mark V Pauly Presidential Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine and of Health Care Management at the Wharton School.

Dr. Volpp’s work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. Dr. Volpp has published more than 275 papers. Dr. Volpp’s work has been recognized by a number of awards including the Matilda White Riley Award for career achievement by the Office of Social and Behavioral Science at NIH, the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Investigator Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science, the Alice Hersh Award from Academy Health, the John Thompson Prize from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the British Medical Journal Group Award for Translating Research into Practice, and multiple “best paper of the year” awards from different societies.

Dr. Volpp is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).