2008 - Aaron S. Kesselheim, M’02, L’02
Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim is an expert in pharmaceutical policy and the complex relationship between law and medicine. He is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Penn Medicine Alumni proudly presented Dr. Kesselheim with the inaugural Young Alumni Service Award.
Dr. Kesselheim graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1996, and in 2002 completed his postgraduate training at Penn Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was selected to join the Alpha Omega Alpha and Order of the Coif honor societies. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he currently manages a primary care clinic and attends on the general medicine inpatient service. In 2007, he received his M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Kesselheim’s research focuses on the effects of intellectual property laws and government regulatory policies on pharmaceutical development, the drug approval process, and the costs and availability of therapeutic products both domestically and in resource-poor settings. He also investigates how other legal issues impact the American health-care system, including expert testimony in malpractice cases, health-care fraud, and insurance reimbursement practices. He is a patent attorney and member of the New York State Bar.
Dr. Kesselheim is a member of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and articles. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, and Health Affairs.
Dr. Kesselheim has received numerous awards and honors including the History of Medicine Prize at Penn Medicine, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Karen Kaufman Memorial Book Award, the Burton Award for national excellence in legal writing, and the American College of Legal Medicine Schwartz Award.
Dr. Kesselheim is a devoted alumnus and joined the Medical Alumni Advisory Council at Penn Medicine in 2007; he has served as a HOST program volunteer and as a member of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Reunion Committee.
Dr. Kesselheim resides in Boston with his wife, Jennifer, M’02, and their son, Max. In his spare time, he enjoys comedy writing, including short stories, screenplays and numerous Penn Med spoof skits.