Neil S. Wenger
Neil S. Wenger is a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a practicing general internist with an interest in patients with complex illness. He directs the UCLA Health System Ethics Center and the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) project within RAND Health.
Wenger's research focuses on measuring and improving the quality of care for vulnerable older persons. He has led assessments of care of various groups of older individuals and has recently focused on quality of care for patients in Medicare Advantage plans. With the RAND/UCLA team, he has implemented practice redesign efforts aimed at improving primary care for older patients with an emphasis on falls and incontinence care. He is particularly interested in measuring and improving care toward the end of life. His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research, on physicians in training in primary care general internal medicine, and on teaching clinical ethics. He directs the Health Resources and Services Administration–funded National Research Service Award Primary Care Research Fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCLA. Wenger is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles.
Wenger received his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from the UCLA School of Public Health.
Concurrent Non-RAND PositionsProfessor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, University of California, Los Angeles; Director, UCLA Health System Ethics Center
- Evaluating Evercare special-needs plan
T. Higashi et al., "Quality of Care Is Associated with Survival in Vulnerable Older Patients," Annals of Internal Medicine, 143(4), 2005
D. S. Zingmond and N. S. Wenger, "Regional and Institutional Variation in the Initiation of Early Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders," Archives of Internal Medicine, 165, 2005
UCLA Medical Center Ethics Committee and UCLA Renal Transplant Program, "Surrogate Consent for Living Related Organ Donation," Journal of the American Medical Association, 291, 2004
N. S. Wenger, "The Quality of Medical Care Provided to Vulnerable Community-Dwelling Older Patients," Annals of Internal Medicine, 139, 2003
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: Aging & Elder Health Week; Health & Medicine Week; Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report; Managed Care Weekly Digest; United Press International; USA Today; WashingtonPost.com