Research for the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Dr. Michael Wolf is a Professor of Medicine and serves as both Associate Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and Associate Division Chief for General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics. He is a health services researcher and cognitive/behavioral scientist with expertise in adult learning and cognition, health literacy, patient education, medication safety and adherence, and practical applications of health and consumer technologies for chronic disease self-management. According to the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Wolf is the prolific author of health literacy-related articles (200+); he has served on multiple national panels on health literacy, health disparities, and chronic disease management – including the proper use of and adherence to multi-drug regimens. He currently leads several NIH, AHRQ, foundation and industry-sponsored trials that test different ways to leverage electronic health records and mobile applications to promote health behaviors, particularly medication use. His work in health literacy, and also in patient safety, has led to numerous national awards, including the first Pfizer Health Literacy Scholar Award (2002), three Pfizer health literacy visiting professorships (Univ. of Illinois, NYU, Lincoln Memorial), the Institute for Healthcare Advancement Outstanding Health Literacy Research Award, the National Patient Safety Foundation Health Literacy Award, and a J. William Fulbright Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award (United Kingdom). Dr. Wolf is the Founder and Director of the Health Literacy and Learning Program (HeLP) at Northwestern; a collaboration since 2004 between faculty within the Schools of Medicine and Education and Social Policy.