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 the past two decades, she has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based elders.
For the past eight years, Dr. Naylor served as the National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which was aimed at generating, disseminating and translating research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005; she is a member of the Leadership Consortium for Value & Science-Driven Health Care and co-chairs the Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, RAND Health Board of Advisors, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Advisory Council. In 2016, she completed her six-year term as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.