David Casarett MD MA completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University. His additional training included a Master’s degree in medical anthropology and fellowships in ethics at the University of Chicago and in Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and medical director for research and quality for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
His research to understand and improve end-of-life care has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many foundations. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government to researchers in the early phases of their careers. Dr. Casarett is also the author of Last Acts: Discovering Possibility and Opportunity at the End of Life, which was published by Simon & Schuster in January, 2010.