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Sarah M. Lyon, MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, CMC VAMC
Staff Physician, Philadelphia VA Medical Center CMCVAMC
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3600 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 617-851-3432
BA (French)
Binghamton University, 1994.
MA (French Language and Literature)
Middlebury College, 1995.
NA (Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med)
Yale University, 2000.
Boston University School of Medicine, 2004.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2004-2005.
Resident, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2007.
Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2010.
Chief Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2010-2011.
Post-Graduate Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2012-2013.
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2007.
Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010.
Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2012.
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Description of Research Expertise

My prior research has focused on understanding how non-clinical social determinants of health as well as organizational and policy variations impact utilization and outcomes in respiratory diseases. My masters in clinical epidemiology thesis examined the impact of insurance status on ICU utilization and outcomes using Pennsylvania hospital discharge data. This project found a decreased utilization and increased 30-day mortality for uninsured critically ill patients. I expanded on this research with an F32 NIH grant to study how MA insurance reform impacted critical care utilization and outcomes.

Description of Clinical Expertise

My clinical practice is focused on both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with a primary practice in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, I provide critical care, as well as pulmonary consultation at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

My outpatient pulmonary practice at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center includes expertise in tele-health.

In addition I am a consult at the Bucks County Health Department in Tuberculosis.

Description of Other Expertise

I am a course director of Doctoring IC, a second year medical student course on professionalism, and serve on the leadership committee for Module 6.

I am currently assisting the Pulmonary Course director in the pathophysiology course for second year medical students in anticipation of assuming the role of course director in the near future.

I am an active member of the health policy committee of the American Thoracic Society, for which I am vice chair, providing input for responses to proposed legislation and administrative actions as well as judicial hearings.

As a trainee, and later as a Botswana-UPenn Partnership faculty member, I worked at Princess Marina Hospital as a specialist physician in Internal Medicine. My primary responsibilities included serving as the attending physician for a team of medical officers from Botswana, as well as supervising the UPenn residents and medical students doing global health rotations on the wards. I continue to be involved with the global health program through my work as a course director for the Low Resource Procedures Course, run at the UPenn simulation center. Students are required to take this course as part of their global health electives. This course grew out of a quality improvement effort and since its inception, blood and body fluid sharps exposures among students have been eliminated.

Selected Publications

Admon AJ, Sjoding MW, Lyon SM, Ayanian JZ, Iwashyna TJ, Cooke CR: Medicaid Expansion and Mechanical Ventilation in Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Heart Failure. Annals American Thoracic Society Febuary 2019 Notes:

Lyon, SM: Healthcare Reform: An Update. Annals ATS 15(4): 417, April 2018 Notes:

Admon AJ,Sjoding MW, Lyon SM,Iwashyna TJ, Cooke CR: The Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Rates of Ambulatory Care-Sensitive ICU Admission. AJRCCM 197: A5900, 2018.

Sarah M Lyon and Milton Rossman: Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections, Seventh Edition. David Schlossberg (eds.). 5(1), Jan 2017.

Lyon SM, Moore N, Douglas IS, Cooke CR: Update on the Affordable Care Act. King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodge. Annals ATS 13(4), March 2016.

Lyon SM, Douglas IS, Cooke CR: Health Policy: Toward Achieving Respiratory Health Equality. Achieving Respiratory Health Equality. Juan Celedon (eds.). SpringerLink, 2016.

Aureimma CL, Lyon SM, Strelec LE, Kent S, Cooney E, Barg FK, Halpern SD: Defining the medical intensive care unit in the words of patients and family members: a freelisting analysis. American Journal of Critical Care 24(4): e47-55, Jul 2015.

Reid Michael J A, Biller Nancy, Lyon Sarah M, Reilly John P, Merlin Jessica, Dacso Matthew, Friedman Harvey M: Reducing risk and enhancing education: U.S. medical students on global health electives. American journal of infection control 42(12): 1319-21, Dec 2014.

Lyon SM, Auriemma C, Hilbert C, Cooney B, Strelect L, Kent S, Barg FK, Halpern SD. : Defining Patient- and Surrogate-Centered Outcomes for Critical Care Research. Mini-symposium presentation. American Thoracic Society, San Diego, CA. Oral presentation. May 2014 Notes: poster presentation.

Lyon Sarah M, Wunsch Hannah, Asch David A, Carr Brendan G, Kahn Jeremy M, Cooke Colin R: Use of intensive care services and associated hospital mortality after Massachusetts healthcare reform*. Critical Care Medicine 42(4): 763-70, 2014.

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