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William V. Padula, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 456
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MSc, University of Chicago, 2015
PhD, University of Colorado, 2013
MS, Dartmouth College, 2008
BS, Northwestern University, 2006


William V. Padula, PhD is Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. His research explores problems in health economics and health services research with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality improvement of hospital care. He has performed innovative research comparing the effectiveness of quality improvement strategies to prevent hospital-acquired conditions in the hospital setting, particularly with regards to pressure ulcer prevention. He has also studied the cost-effectiveness of thoroughly implementing quality improvement strategies. In 2015, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the University of Chicago and lead an AHRQ-funded investigation to develop predictive algorithms of patient risk for developing pressure ulcers in the hospital setting.  

He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research from the University of Colorado, M.S. in Analytics from the University of Chicago, M.S. in Evaluative Clinical Science from Dartmouth College, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. He is the recipient of several awards, including the AcademyHealth 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award, and has been named the Annals of Internal Medicine’s top reviewer three times.

Honors and Awards

Research Award, Best New Investigator, International Society of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR) European Congress 2016

Young Investigator Award, Society for Advancement in Wound Care (SAWC) 2016

“Top Reviewer” for Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013, 2014 and 2015

Outstanding Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, AcademyHealth 2015

Best-in-Show, M.Sc. Analytics Thesis Defense, University of Chicago 2015

Diversity Small Grant Award recipient from University of Chicago Medicine in both Spring and Fall of 2014

Best Abstract, Health Services Research Category by a Fellow, Department of Medicine Research Day, University of Chicago 2014

  • Health Economics
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Outcomes Research
  • Health Services Research
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine

Select Publications

  • Padula WV, Gibbons RD, Pronovost PJ, Hedeker D, Mishra MK, Makic MBF, Bridges JFP, Wald HL, Valuck RJ, Ginensky AJ, Ursitti A, Venable LR, Epstein Z, Meltzer DO. Using Clinical Data to Predict High-cost, Performance Coding Issues Associated with Pressure Ulcers: a multilevel cohort model. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), 2016 Aug 18 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27539199
  • Padula WV, Gibbons RD, Valuck RJ, Makic MBF, Mishra MK, Pronovost PJ, Meltzer DO. Are Evidence-based Practices Associated with Effective Prevention of Hospital-acquired Pressure Ulcers in U.S. Academic Medical Centers? Medical Care, 2016 May;54(5):512-8. PMID: 27078824
  • Padula WV, Mishra MK, Makic MB, Sullivan PW. Improving the Quality of Pressure Ulcer Care with Prevention: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Medical Care, 2011;49(4):385-92. PMID: 21368685
  • Padula WV, Larson RA, Dusetzina SB, Apperley JF, Hehlmann R, Baccarani M, Eigendorff E, Guilhot J, Guilhot F, Mahon FX, Martinelli G, Mayer J, Mu¨ller MC, Niderwieser D, Saussele S, Schiffer CA, Silver RT, Simonsson B, Conti RM. Cost-effectiveness of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Treatment Strategies for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in Chronic Phase After U.S. Generic Entry of Imatinib. Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), 2016 Mar 4;108(7). PMID: 26944912.
  • Padula WV, Heru S, Campbell JD. Societal and policy implications of provider coverage for primary and preventive care in the U.S. transgender population: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), 2016 Apr;31(4):394-401. PMID: 26481647