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David Casarett M.D.


David Casarett, M.D., completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University, and his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa. His additional training has included a Master's degree in medical anthropology at CWRU, and fellowships in ethics at the University of Chicago and in Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as a hospice medical director and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a staff physician at the Philadelphia VAMC, where he is the medical director of the palliative care service, and is on the faculty of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Casarett is board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Casarett's research has been funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award, and by other grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Hartford Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award from the American Geriatrics Society, the William A. Nelson Award in Ethics from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House. He is the author of the books Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead and Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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