Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, received her undergraduate degree from Yale University. She attended the University of Chicago where she obtained her MD and completed her residency in emergency medicine. She served as chief resident and completed a resuscitation fellowship. Following residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned an Masters of Science in Health Policy.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Additionally, she works in the Office of Policy and Planning of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health & Human Services and serves as Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, which has launched in Philadelphia and Seattle. She also serves on the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Research Working Group and the Cardiopulmonary Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation Council, Leadership Committee as the Early Career Representative.
Her research is focused on preventing potentially avoidable deaths from cardiac arrest and improving the impact of resuscitation therapies. Specifically, she studies diffusion of innovation and new media in resuscitation and translation of research to policy. She is identifying communities at risk for cardiac arrest and evaluating unique strategies for improving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and automated external defibrillator (AED) availability. In the in-patient setting, she is studying best practices for improving in-hospital cardiac arrest care.
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