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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of medicine and Epidemiology



Business Address:

University of Pennsylvania
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
917 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-573-8070
Fax: 215-349-5703


Undergraduate: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Medical: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Residency:  Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital (clinical) and University of Pennsylvania (research)

Board Certification: Internal Medicine and Nephrology

Research Interests:

Dr. Reese's primary research focus is the development of effective strategies to increase access to kidney and liver transplantation. His research is motivated by the widening gap between the number of patients wait-listed for transplants and the limited number of organs available. He uses tools from epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research and medical ethics to describe disparities in transplantation and methods to overcome them. Through policy development work with the United Network for Organ Sharing, he also helps to translate clinical research into effective national policy.


Dr. Reese has written specifically about barriers to live donor transplantation, the use of kidneys from deceased donors at increased risk of HIV and other blood-borne viral infection, and the implications of organ allocation for the elderly.  His work was among the first to examine the practice and ethical implications of accepting live kidney donors with risk factors for kidney disease.

In the last five years, Dr. Reese’s research efforts have been supported by: 1) NIH grants to study variation in live donor kidney transplantation across transplant centers, and the impact of functional status on kidney transplant outcomes, 2) a T. Franklin Williams Award in geriatric research (co-sponsored by the Association of Specialty Professors and the American Society of Nephrology) to examine the effects of emerging organ allocation proposals on older kidney transplant candidates, 3) funding from the American Society of Transplantation to study outcomes among older live kidney donors, 4) a Greenwall Faculty Scholars grant to examine the ethical implications of novel methods to increase organ donor registration, and 5) funding from the NIH and CVS-Caremark to test innovative strategies for improving medication adherence.  In recognition of his contributions to transplant research, he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in July 2012.  The PECASE “recognizes and supports scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge.”

Selected Publications:

Mgbako O, Glazier A, Blumber E, Reese PP. Allowing HIV-Positive Organ Donation: Ethical, Legal and Opertional Considerations. American Journal of Transplantation. 2013, Jul:13(7):1636-42.

Goldberg D, Halpern SD, Reese PPDeceased Organ Donation Consent Rates among Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Older Potential Donors.  Critical Care Medicine. 2013 Feb;41(2):496-505.


Ruebner R, Goldberg D, Abt PL, Bahirwani R, Levine M, Sawinski D, Shults J, Bloom RD, Reese PP.  Risk of end-stage renal disease among liver transplant recipients with pre-transplant renal dysfunction.  American Journal of Transplantation. 2012 Nov;12(11):2958-65.


Reese PP, Bloom RD: The long and winding road to kidney transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation. 11(7): 1357-58, 2011. 

Blosser CD, Huverserian A, Bloom RD, Abt PD, Goral S, Thomasson A, Shults J, Reese PP: Age, exclusion criteria and generalizability of randomized trials enrolling kidney transplant recipients. Transplantation. 91(8): 858-863, 2011.


Halpern SD, Raz A, Kohn R, Rey M, Asch DA, Reese P: Regulated Payments for Living Kidney Donation: An Empirical Assessment of the Ethical Concerns. Annals of Internal Medicine. 152(6): 358-65, 2010. 


Reese PP, Shea J, Bloom RD, Berns JS, Grossman R, Joffe M, Huverserian A, Feldman HI: Predictors of having a potential live donor: a prospective cohort study of kidney transplant candidates. American Journal of Transplantation. 9(12), 2792-9, 2009. PMC: 2864790


Reese PP, Feldman HI, Asch DA, Halpern SD, Blumberg EA, Thomasson A, Shults J, Bloom RD: Transplantation of kidneys from donors at increased risk for blood borne viral infection: recipient outcomes and patterns of organ use. American Journal of Transplantation. 9(10), 2338-45, 2009.

den Hartog J, Reese PP, Cizman B, Feldman HI. The Costs and Benefits of Automatic Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Reporting. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2009 Feb;4(2):419-27.


Reese PP, Yeh H, Thomasson A, Shults J, Markmann JF. Transplant center volume and outcomes after liver re-transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009 Feb;9(2):309-17. Epub 2008 Dec 15.

Reese PP, Feldman HI, McBride MA, Anderson K, Bloom RD. Substantial variation in the acceptance of medically complex live kidney donors across US renal transplant centers. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008 Oct;8(10):2062-70.

Reese PP, Caplan A, Kesselheim A, Bloom R. Creating a Medical, Ethical and Legal Framework for Complex Living Kidney Donors. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2006 Nov;1(6):1148-53

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