CPORT Senior Scholars
CPORT Senior Scholars are doctorally-trained investigators with established or developing independent research programs. They may be mentored by senior faculty, but also serve as mentors to trainees, including CPORT Scholars.
Alexander Arriaga, MD, MPH, ScD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine
Alex Arriaga, MD, MPH, Sc.D is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Anesthesiologist for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He completed his undergraduate studies from Columbia University and graduated from medical school with Honors in Research from Cornell University. He completed two years of categorical general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He has a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Science degrees from Harvard University. He completed his clinical residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has presented locally and nationally. He has authored several book chapters, and he has over 20 peer-reviewed publications, including a first-author research article in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently working together with a retired Navy SEAL Captain, as well as an organizational psychologist from the same group, on leveraging lessons from high-stakes environments to improve medical care. His academic interests include health services research in patient safety and quality improvement, with a focus on the fields of surgery and anesthesiology.
Justin Clapp, PhD
Research Associate, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Justin Clapp, Ph.D, is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on the organization and enactment of medical and health-related expertise in both clinical and non-clinical settings. In the context of CPORT, he is currently applying ethnographic methods to study treatment decision making in surgical consults. He uses this information on how decision making happens in practice to reflect on influential conceptual trends in contemporary medicine--for example, notions of informed consent, shared decision making, and patient-centered care. Dr. Clapp is also a frequent collaborator with other investigators pursuing qualitative projects at the Perelman School of Medicine.
Veena Graff, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Veena Graff, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Her research expertise focuses on the benefits and the implementation of music in the perioperative setting for patients undergoing surgery and interventional pain medicine procedures. Currently, she is working on a study with patients listening to music while conducting upper extremity regional nerve blocks and evaluating anxiety levels, pain scores, and hemodynamic changes preoperatively.
Dr. Graff is a board-certified Anesthesiologist with subspecialty expertise in Pain Medicine. She received her MS from Purdue University and her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed both her Anesthesiology residency and Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Wallis (Ty) Muhly, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Wallis Muhly, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Muhly received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Muhly joined the staff of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with an academic appointment through the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Muhly is interested in pediatric pain management and clinical outcomes following pediatric surgery. Currently, Dr. Muhly is a lead investigator in a multi-center study designed to better understand management and outcomes following chest wall reconstruction in pediatric patients. Dr. Muhly is also involved in clinical outcomes research aimed a developing usable tools for assessing the quality of recovery following surgery in children.
Sushila Murthy, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine
Sushila Murthy, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Anesthesiologist for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She received her MD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and then continued at MGH to pursue a fellowship in Health Services Research, during which she collaborated with the Center for Surgery and Public Health. Dr. Murthy is interested in patient centered care of older surgical patients, who may have varied goals, values, and concerns related to surgery. Currently, she is examining the possible role of early palliative or geriatric medicine in the care of older patients who fracture their hip, in order to improve preoperative goals of care discussions, augment perioperative medical management, and offer more robust support services for patients postoperatively. She is also interested in exploring how assessing patients' frailty may inform patients and their providers in the perioperative period.
Paul Stricker, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine
Paul Stricker, MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Stricker is also a graduate of the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Healthcare Delivery Improvement at Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Stricker’s research focus has included clinical outcomes research using observational databases in children undergoing complex cranial vault reconstruction surgery. To address the lack of multicenter data pertaining to outcomes and management in this high-risk population, Dr. Stricker convened a group of pediatric anesthesiologists from the US and Canada and founded the Pediatric Craniofacial Collaborative Group. Dr. Stricker has since led this group in establishing the Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Perioperative Registry. Dr. Stricker and his collaborators are leveraging the data in this multicenter registry together with the collaborative relationships that he has developed to achieve improvements in perioperative healthcare delivery for this niche surgical population.
He is a leader in the nascent INQUIRE (Informatics, Quality Improvement, and Research) group at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, whose mission is to determine core pediatric clinical perioperative outcomes using bioinformatics and scientific and quality improvement methodologies, and to develop diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to improve them. The identification of core perioperative outcomes in pediatrics will inform research and quality improvement efforts and serve as a tool for optimizing healthcare delivery and costs in pediatric surgical populations.
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