Zachary F. Meisel, MD MPH MSHP is director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Medical Editor of The Health Economist: A Policy Journal from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Meisel is associate editor at Academic Emergency Medicine, the official journal for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He serves as the Patient Safety Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the primary hospital of Penn Medicine. Dr. Meisel’s research interests cover prescription drug overdose, guideline adherence, opioid use disorder, patient safety, emergency medical services, and patient centered comparative effectiveness research. He has a specific focus on using and testing persuasive narratives to promote evidence translation.

He is the director of the Dissemination and Policy Core for the NIDA funded Center of Excellence in Health Economics Research for Substance Abuse Treatment (CHERISH). He is also the principal investigator on multiyear grants from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the WT Grant Foundation, focused on the translation of evidence to providers and patients regarding opioids for acute pain and psychotropic medication use for children enrolled in Medicaid.  Dr. Meisel is also a medical journalist with expertise in dissemination translation of health services research results for audiences such as patients and policy makers. As such, he is widely published in Slate Magazine and has served as a senior medical columnist for Time Magazine ( where he has written The Medical Insider column.


Authored by Zachary F. Meisel, MD MPH MSHP