Bruce Landon Receives 2024 John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research

Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA, MSc, was recognized by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) with the prestigious 2024 John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research at their Annual meeting in Boston last week.

Named after the late Dr. John M. Eisenberg, the award honors senior researchers whose work has significantly impacted patient care, research methods, and medical education. Landon's career exemplifies these qualities through his innovative research, mentorship, and leadership in the field of general medicine. This award was of particular significance as Dr. Eisenberg was an early mentor for Dr. Landon when he was a student at Penn. 

Landon's research focuses on the critical link between physician and healthcare organization characteristics, and how they influence how doctors practice and deliver care. He developed a theoretical model to explain how organizational factors affect healthcare quality. He is also actively involved in projects that quantify the impact of various strategies, like quality improvement programs and financial incentives, on healthcare delivery.

Landon currently co-leads a Program Project grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) that is focused on optimizing the design of the Medicare program. As part of that ongoing work, he has studied quality of care and healthcare utilization within the Medicare Advantage program relative to traditional Medicare.

His research portfolio also has been focused on improving the primary care system. His  studies have been among the first to demonstrate how CMS’s approach to bolstering payments to primary care through the addition of new codes has been ineffective. His work also shows how more substantial payment reform is needed to motivate transformation of primary care.

Landon joins esteemed former HCP faculty members Nancy Keating (2022) and John Ayanian (2012) as recipients of this prestigious award.

For a deeper dive into Landon's research contributions, visit the Department of Health Care Policy website.