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photo Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management,School of Public Health

Adjunct Scientist, RAND Corporation

Follow on Twitter @walidgellad

Email: wfg3@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-365-4900

Contact
Office: Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
University Drive (151C)
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
 
Phone: 412-365-4900
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E-mail: wfg3@pitt.edu
Education and Training
Education
BA, Music, Swarthmore College, 1997
MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2002
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2007
Training
Internal Medicine Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2005
General Medicine Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, 2007
Chief Medical Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, 2008
Research Interest
Dr. Gellad is an associate professor of medicine and health policy at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing. He is a faculty member of the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

Dr. Gellad's research focuses on physician prescribing practices and on policy issues affecting access and adherence to medications for patients. He was the recipient of a career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the quality and efficiency of prescribing in the VA and is currently funded by the VA, NIH, CDC, and the state of Pennsylvania on multiple studies of pharmaceutical policy and prescription use. His work spans clinical areas, from diabetes, to hepatitis c, to prescription drug and substance abuse. He is a former member of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee on nonprescription drugs and currently an alternate member of the FDA Drug Safety Oversight Board.

Dr. Gellad is also a nationally recognized authority on improving the measurement of medication adherence. In 2015, he founded and chaired the first national conference focused on improving the science behind medication adherence measurement.

Dr. Gellad is board certified in internal medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He sees primary care patients in the VA Pittsburgh Heathcare System and attends on the inpatient general medical service.
Publications
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Selected Publications:
Gellad WF, Flynn K, Alexander GC. Evaluation of Flibanserin: Science and Advocacy at the FDA. JAMA. 2015.
Lo-Ciganic W, Donohue JM, Thorpe JM, Perera S, Thorpe CT, Marcum ZA, Gellad WF. Using Machine Learning to Examine Medication Adherence Thresholds and Risk of Hospitalization. Medical Care. 2015.
Anderson T, Dave S, Good CB, Gellad WF. Prevalence of Academic Medical Center Leadership on Pharmaceutical Company Boards of Directors. JAMA. 2014; 311(13): 1353-5.
Gellad WF, Donohue JM, Zhao X, Mor MK, Thorpe CT, Smith J, Good CB, Fine MJ, Morden NE. Brand-Name Prescription Drug Use Among Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D Patients with Diabetes: A National Cohort Comparison. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013; 159(2).
Gellad WF, Donohue JM, Zhao X, Zhang Y, Banthin JS. The Financial Burden From Prescription Drugs Has Declined Recently For The Nonelderly, Although It’s Still High For Many. Health Affairs. 2012; 31(2).
Donohue JM, Morden N, Gellad WF, Bynum J, Hanlon JT, Skinner J. Sources of Regional Variation in Medicare Part D Drug Spending. New England Journal of Medicine. 2012; 366(6).
Gellad WF, Grenard JL, Marcum ZA. A Systematic Review of Barriers to Medication Adherence in the Elderly: Looking Beyond Cost and Regimen Complexity. American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. 2011; 9 (1).
Gellad WF, Grenard J, McGlynn EA. A Review of Barriers to Medication Adherence: A Framework for Driving Policy Options. RAND Technical Report. 2009; TR-765-MVC.
Gellad WF, Zhao X, Thorpe CT, Mor MK, Good CB, Fine MJ. Is Dual Use of Veterans Health Administration and Medicare Benefits Associated with Overuse of Test Strips in Veterans with Type II Diabetes?. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2015; 175(1): 26-34.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: STORM Implementation Program Evaluation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: HSR&D
Grant Number: SDR SDR 16-193
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2016
Title: Safety of Opioid Use Among Veterans Receiving Care in Multiple Health Systems
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: I01 IIR 14-297
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Title: Dual Use of VA-Medicare Drug Benefits and Unsafe Prescribing in Dementia Patients
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: I01 IIR 12-379
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: The Influence of Formulary Management Strategies on Opioid Medication Use Amount - Patient and Prescribers
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Center for Disease Control
Grant Number: U01 CE002496
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: The Influence of Formulary Management Strategies on Opioid Medication Use
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Center for Disease Control
Grant Number: U01 CE002496
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Early Impact of Health Reform
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Express Scripts
Grant Number: XNV 72-200
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: The Economic and Clinical Impact of Hepatitis C Treatment on Pennsylvania
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Grant Number: XNV 72-220
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: The Economic and Clinical Impact of Hepatitis C Treatment on Pennsylvania
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: PA Medicaid Research and Data Analysis
Role: Co-Investigator
Grant Number: XVA 72-891
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2014
Title: The Role of Physician Networks in the Adoption of New Prescription Drugs
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL119246
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2017
Title: The Role of Physician Networks in the Adoption of New Prescription Drugs
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL119246
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2017
Title: The Impact of Medicaid Reimbursement Policies on Pharmaceutical Spending
Role: Consultant
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R03 HS021567
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: Do Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) Reduce the Severity of COPD?
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: HSR&D
Grant Number: Pilot LIP 72-068
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2013
Title: Variation in Use of Glucose Test Strips Among Older Veterans with Diabetes
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: HSR&D/CPPF
Grant Number: Pilot LIP 72-063
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: Variation in Drug Spending and Diffusion of New Drugs in Medicaid: A Case Study of Pennsylvania
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: RUPHI Translating Research into Policy
Grant Number: XNV 72-166
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: Variation in Drug Spending and Diffusion of New Drugs in Medicaid: A Case Study of Pennsylvania
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: RAND
Grant Number: XNV 72-168
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: Geographic Variation in Prescribing
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Express Scripts
Grant Number: XNV 72-179
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: Intensity of Diabetes Medication Therapy in Older VA CLC Patients with Co-Morbid Dementia
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: Pilot LIP 72-055
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2012
Title: Regional Variation in Prescription Use: A Comparison of VA and Medicare Part D
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSRD
Grant Number: Pilot LIP 72-057
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2012
Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Anti-Diabetic Medication Alternatives for Veterans
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: I01 IIR 10-136
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2013
Title: Health System Predictors of Generic Drug Use and Consequences for Out of Pocket Costs and Medication Adherence in Medicare Part D
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Research Resources
Grant Number: UL1 RR024153
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2012
Notable Achievements
Member, SGIM Annual Meeting Best Published Research Paper Award Selection Committee, 2014
Presidential Poster Session abstract (Senior Author), American Geriatric Society Scientific Mtg., 2014
Outstanding Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014
Noteworthy Article for 2014, Academy Health, 2014
Outstanding Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2015
Member, HIT and Exchange Work Group for State Health Innovation Plan, Pennsylvania Department of Health, 2015-
Member, Editorial Board Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2016
Member, FDA Advisory Committee on Nonprescription Drugs, 2009-2010, 2012-2013