Ross Koppel, PhD, FACMI
Adjunct Professor of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Ross Koppel, PhD, FACMI, is a leading scholar of healthcare IT, and of the interactions of people, computers and workplaces.  He has been working on cybersecurity with the NSF, NSA, and Intel for the past 8 years.

His articles in JAMA, JAMIA, Annals of Internal Medicine, NEJM, Health Affairs, Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Care, Journal of Managed Care, Chest, and AHRQ-M&Ms, et cetera, are considered seminal works. Professor Koppel is on the faculty of the Sociology Department and of the Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania. Koppel is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute at Penn’s Wharton School.

In addition, Koppel is a co-investigator of Penn’s National Science Foundation Project on Safe Cyber Communication and Smart Alerts. At Harvard, Dr. Koppel is co-PI on the FDA-funded study of prescribing errors related to patient data displays. Also at Harvard, he is the Internal Evaluator of their project to create new HIT architecture (SMART). His work combines ethnographic research, extensive statistical analysis, surveys, and usability studies. Koppel was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and has won every award in applied sociology offered by the discipline.

Dr. Koppel is president of the Social Research Corporation. His work in medical informatics reflects his 45-year career as researcher and sociologist of work and organizations, statistics, ethnographic research, survey research, and medical sociology. In the past three years he has published more than 40 articles and book chapters, in addition to two books.