Dr. Mary D. Naylor

Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, School of Nursing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

Focus Areas

Policy & Education


Dr. Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has led a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and disseminating research findings designed to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple NIH clinical trials and foundation sponsored implementation efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes, while decreasing use of costly health services. Dr. Naylor is the 2016 recipient of AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award, a recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005. For eight years, she served as the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. In 2016, she completed six-year terms as commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and board member of the National Quality Forum. Currently, Dr. Naylor is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs the Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council and the Board of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.