Lawton R. Burns Faculty Profile

Lawton R. Burns
James Joo-Jin Kim Professor; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Management
Chairperson, Health Care Management Department; Director, Wharton Center for Health Management and Economics

PhD, University of Chicago, 1981; MBA, University of Chicago, 1984; MA, University of Chicago, 1976; BA, Haverford College, 1973

Research Areas
Hospital-physician relationships; strategic change; integrated health care; supply chain management; health care management; formal organizations; physician networks; physician practice management firms

Recent Consulting
Analysis of the pharmaceutical outsourcing market, IMB, 2003-04; Antitrust implications of PHOs, Federal Trade Commission, 2004; Development of integrated delivery systems, Illinois Hospital Association, 1994-97

Current Projects
Health care supply chain. Structure, process, and outcomes of integrated delivery systems in health care.

Academic Positions Held
Wharton: 1994-present (Chairperson, Health Care Systems Department, 2008-present; named James Joo-Jin Kim Professor, 1999; Director, Wharton Center for Health Management and Economics, 1999-present). Previous appointments: University of Arizona; University of Chicago. Visiting appointment: University of Wisconsin

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards
2003: Board of Institute of Medicine, Health Services Research Section; 2001: Arthur Anderson Distinguished Visitor, University of Cambridge (UK); 1999:Teacher of the Year, Administrative Medicine Program, School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin; 1992-93: Edwin Crosby Memorial Fellowship, Hospital Research and Educational Trust; 1990-91: Udall Fellowship, Udall Center for Public Policy; 1997: Invited Lecture Series, Catholic University of Rome, Luiss, and National Agency for Health Care Services (Rome)

Professional Leadership 2005-2009
Editorial Board, Health Services Research, 1994-present

Representative Publications
(with S.M. Shortell and R.M. Anderson)
"Does Familiarity Breed Contentment? Impact of Integration on Physician Attitudes and Behaviors." Research in the Sociology of Health Care (1998).

(with R. DeGraaff and H. Singh)
"Determinants of For-Profit Acquisition of Physician Group Practices." Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (1999).

(with J. Cacciamani, J.R. Clement, W. Aquino)
"The Fall of the House of AHERF: The Allegheny Bankruptcy." Health Affairs (2000).