Allison Willis, MD, MS

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Allison Willis is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at UPenn, where she also holds several other appointments: Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, Faculty Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Core Faculty in the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training, Co-Director of the Translational Center of Excellence for Neuroepidemiology and Neurology Outcomes Research and Co-Director of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. 

Dr. Willis is the new Site Chief for Neurology at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Dr. Willis is a movement disorders neurologist with formal research training in analytical and spatial epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, health outcomes research. She uses analytical epidemiology methods to pursue research questions relevant to clinical decision making and health policy for neuroaging populations through two complementary investigative paths. Her health services research program focuses on the complex ways patient factors (such as race, sex, comorbid disease, and geographical location) affect the interactions older adults with neurological diseases have with the U.S. health care system.  Her pharmacoepidemiology research program focuses on the bidirectional relationships between neurological disease and CNS drug effects- such as whether neurological disease predisposes to specific adverse drug reactions, and whether CNS-acting drugs influence neurological disease phenotype or progression.  

Dr. Willis’s work has received funding support from NINDS, NIA, PCORI, MJFF, APDA and the Parkinson Foundation.  She regularly presents her work at national meetings of neurologists and PD researchers and other academic institutions. Dr. Willis is a newly elected member of the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group and has held several leadership and organizing roles in the American Neurological Association (ANA), most currently as the Chair of the IDEAS taskforce. She is the 2015 recipient of the American Academy of Neurology’s Jon Stolk Award, the 2019 recipient of the UPenn Marjorie Bowman Award, and the 2021 recipient of an ANA Excellence Award.  Dr. Willis has published over 130 peer reviewed research manuscripts and abstracts.

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