Adam T. Perzynski, PhD

Adam Perzynski, PhDTITLE

Professor of Medicine and Sociology with Tenure


Dr. Adam Perzynski joined the Case Western Reserve University Center for Health Care Research and Policy within The MetroHealth System as faculty in 2008. His current work is focused on examining the specific mechanisms through which social factors influence health and clinical care over the life course. His broad research interests include medical sociology, health disparities, social determinants of health, structural equation modeling, and qualitative and mixed methods.  His edited book, Health Disparities: Weaving a New Understanding with Case Narratives brings a compassionate, broad approach to educating health professionals about how social circumstances shape lives and health outcomes. Dr. Perzynski has recently spearheaded efforts to enrich multi-sector collaborations with a combination of large databases and community centered qualitative evidence. As a transdisciplinary scientist, his publications span many disciplines and stand out against the backdrop of a career long effort to infuse the study of biomedical scientific problems with the knowledge, theories and methods of social science. 


Selected Recent:

Dalton JE, Rothberg MB, Dawson NV, Krieger NI, Zidar DA, Perzynski AT. Failure of Traditional Risk Factors to Adequately Predict Cardiovascular Events in Older Populations. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020 Apr;68(4):754-61.

Perzynski, A., Shick, S. and Adebambo, I. eds., 2019. Health Disparities: Weaving a New Understanding Through Case Narratives. Springer, NY.

Perzynski AT, Caron A, Margolius D, Sudano Jr JJ. Primary care practice workplace social capital: a potential secret sauce for improved staff well-being and patient experience. Journal of Patient Experience. 2019 Mar;6(1):72-80.

Perzynski AT, Roach MJ, Shick S, Callahan B, Gunzler D, Cebul R, Kaelber DC, Huml A, Thornton JD, Einstadter D. Patient portals and broadband internet inequality. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2017 Sep 1;24(5):927-32.

Perzynski A, Blixen C, Cage J, Colón-Zimmermann K, Sajatovic M. Informing Policy for Reducing Stroke Health Disparities from the Experience of African-American Male Stroke Survivors. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities. 2016 Sep 1;3(3):527-36.

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American Sociological Association
Gerontological Society of America
Society for Medical Decision Making


  • Predictive models of neighborhoods and health
  • latent growth mixture modeling of intra-individual and intercommunity change
  • epistemology of health in neighborhoods
  • biosocial analysis of clinical outcomes over the life course


The MetroHealth System
Rammelkamp R225A
2500 MetroHealth Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44109
Phone: 216-778-2850
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ATPerzynski