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Society of Hospital Medicine Honors S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, SFHM with 2021 Award of Excellence: Research

May 18, 2021

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Dr. Greysen’s Research Focused on Improving Outcomes of Care for Older Adults, Helps Implement Care Pathways to Prevent Functional Decline

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently announced the recipients of its 2021 Awards of Excellence, honoring hospitalists who exemplify hospital medicine best practices in areas such as clinical leadership, teaching, teamwork, research, and humanitarian services, among others.

“Hospitalists stepped up in new ways to help their patients and their institutions overcome intense challenges over the past year,” notes Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Hospital Medicine. “Our Awards of Excellence winners truly embody the innovative spirit and leadership prowess that have become hallmarks of hospitalists, and we are proud to recognize them with this distinguished honor.”

S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, SFHM is this year’s recipient in the “Research” category. Dr. Ryan Greysen is the Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Executive Director for the Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP), which serves all hospitals in the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Dr. Greysen’s work comprises more than 80 peer-reviewed publications focused on improving outcomes of care for older adults during and after acute illness. Prior to arriving at Penn, he practiced at UCSF, where the impact of his work was extremely visible on the wards. He helped implement care pathways for an Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit that utilize evidence-based protocols and order sets to prevent functional decline and delirium of vulnerable seniors.

At Penn, he has continued to champion care for seniors and has supported other successful programs focused on vulnerable populations: SOAR (Supporting Older Adults at Risk), STEP (Supporting Transitions and Empowering Patients), and MED (Mental health Engagement navigation & Delivery).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Greysen helped to accelerate the synthesis of emerging evidence through CEP and the Hospital Medicine Re-engineering Network (HOMERuN) to produce rapid evidence summaries in record speed. These reports have been broadly disseminated across other networks, such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the VA Evidence Synthesis Program.

Since joining the Society 10 years ago, Dr. Greysen has been an engaged member of SHM’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter and has held leadership roles on SHM’s Research Committee and the Journal of Hospital Medicine editorial team as an associate editor. He has presented at multiple SHM annual conferences and is an ambassador of the specialty and of the importance of research in hospital medicine.

Awards of Excellence winners were recognized at SHM’s annual conference, SHM Converge, which was held virtually from May 3-7, 2021. For more information on SHM’s Awards of Excellence, visit