Scott A. Lorch, MD, MSCE

Scott A. Lorch, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Area of expertise is health services research, perinatal epidemiology, and health economics. Our research group is focused on answering the question, “why do children have different outcomes”, whether those outcomes are health care use, morbidity and mortality, or neurocognitive outcomes. Our group focuses in three specific areas of research:
1) Quality Assessment and Measurement: We have experience using large datasets to assess various measures of pediatric and neonatal care, including the use of hospital readmissions; neonatal complications; and neonatal mortality.
2) Sociodemographic factors and health care: We have extensive experience quantifying the differences in outcomes between children of different racial/ethnic groups and socioeconomic status, and to use a number of sophisticated techniques to help define the factors that mediate these differences, including mediation analyses and other techniques we are developing to use on large administrative datasets and longitudinal cohort studies. We have also begun to examine how racial/ethnic disparities may explain, or not explain, observed differences in care delivered by hospitals with similar structures, such as level of NICU.
3) Organization of perinatal and pediatric care: We have several Federally-funded grants to evaluate the impact of structures of health care on perinatal outcomes, from the hospital level to the larger state level.
In addition, we are interested in factors that may explain differences in the processes of care delivered by different hospitals, and how these differences translate into differences in outcomes.


Selected Publications

Lorch SA, Baiocchi M, Ahlberg CE, Small, DSThe differential impact of delivery hospital on the outcomes of premature infants. Pediatrics 130(2): 270-278, Aug 2012.

Lorch SA, Srinivas SK, Ahlberg C, Small DSThe impact of obstetric unit closures on maternal and infant pregnancy outcomes. Health Serv Res 48(2 Pt 1): 455-75, Apr 2013.

Lorch SAQuality measurements in pediatrics: What do they assess? JAMA Pediatr 167(1): 89-90, January 2013.

Lorch SA, Kroelinger CD, Ahlberg C, Barfield WDFactors that mediate racial/ethnic disparities in US fetal death rates. Am J Pub Health 102(10): 1902-1910, October 2012.

Lorch SA, Maheshwari P, Even-Shoshan OThe impact of certificate of need programs on neonatal intensive care units. J Perinatol 32(1): 39-44, January 2012.

Goyal N, Fager C, Lorch SAAdherence to discharge guidelines for late-preterm newborns. Pediatrics 128(1): 62-71, July 2011.

Tucker Edmonds B, Fager C, Srinivas S, Lorch SARacial and ethnic differences in use of intubation for periviable neonates. Pediatrics 127(5): e1120-e1127, May 2011.

Lorch SA, Baiocchi M, Silber JH, Even-Shoshan, O, Escobar GJ, Small DSThe role of outpatient facilities in explaining variations in risk-adjusted readmission rates between hospitals. Hlth Serv Res 45(1): 24-41, Feb 2010.

Lorch SA, Wade KC, Bakewell-Sachs S, Medoff-Cooper B, Escobar GJ, Silber JHRacial differences in the use of respiratory medications in premature infants after discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. J Pediatr 151(6): 604-610, Dec 2007.

Lorch SA, Silber JH, Even-Shoshan O, Millman AUse of prolonged travel to improve pediatric risk adjustment models. Health Serv Res 44(2, Part I): 519-541, April 2009.

Content Area Specialties

Neonatal-perinatal medicine