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Dorothy Sheu

Assistant Director of Project Management

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Dorothy Sheu is the Assistant Director of Project Management for the PAIR Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MPH from the Yale and her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College. Dorothy is passionate about empowering under-resourced communities. This has taken her on a journey through health education at the International Rescue Committee to emergency preparedness and quality improvement at the Maryland Department of Health. She joins Penn from Johns Hopkins where she led a ($20.3M) multi-hospital partnership focused on chronically ill residents of Baltimore City.

Dorothy’s expertise is in the application of project management principles to operationalizing clinical and health services research and programs among under-resourced communities.

At the PAIR Center, she leads the Project Management Office (PMO). The PMO equips project managers with a best practice toolkit for research operations, mentorship, and training. Dorothy additionally offers workshops to the broader Penn community on “plain language”, “language interpretation and translation,” and additional equity-focused subjects.

Dorothy actively contributes to multiple research studies, including managing the Healthy Lungs clinical trial ($11.5M) and COMPASS-PC ($27.5M) parallel cluster-randomized trial. Both studies are funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Both studies are the largest ever studies comparing: A) different strategies to help lung cancer screening patients to stop smoking (Healthy Lungs), and B) generalist and specialist palliative care for hospitalized patients (COMPASS-PC).

Dorothy spends her time with her rescue dog and cats and loves traveling with her partner. She has a lifelong ambition to perfect her lunar new year dumpling recipe.