Dr. Justin E. Bekelman is Associate Professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, Faculty in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and Senior Fellow at the Penn Center for Precision Medicine and the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, all at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bekelman leads research programs in cancer comparative effectiveness and delivery system and payment reform, integrating methods from the fields of epidemiology, clinical trials, health economics and public policy.
In his delivery system and payment reform research, Dr. Bekelman leads a series of studies to evaluate the impact of new payment models and financial and non-financial strategies to improve the quality, outcomes and affordability of cancer treatments and reduce unnecessary variation in clinical practice. In his comparative effectiveness research, Dr. Bekelman leads the multi-institution Radiation Comparative Effectiveness Consortium (RADCOMP) pragmatic randomized clinical trial network for breast cancer, and co-leads the PARTIQoL efficacy randomized clinical trial for prostate cancer. Dr. Bekelman's research has appeared in scientific journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology and has been featured in the mainstream media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and news outlets in Canada and Europe. He has received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the American Cancer Society, and philanthropic sources.
Dr. Bekelman completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his medical training at Yale University, Johns Hopkins, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Previously, he was a management consultant at the Kalchas Group, advising senior executives of health care and insurance clients on corporate strategy.
Dr. Bekelman also served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense in the US Department of Defense. He is a board-certified radiation oncologist and practicing physician at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.