Raina M Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
Senior Fellow, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives
Associate Vice President/Digital Health, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Co-Director, National Clinician Scholars Program , University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Digital Health
Senior Fellow, Institute for Biomedical Informatics
Affiliated faculty, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Chief Transformation Officer and Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department: Emergency Medicine

Contact information
PCAM, 3400 Civic Center Blvd, 14th floor, Innovation Suite
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BA (Psychobiology)
Yale University, 1998.
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 2003.
MS (Master of Science in Health Policy Research)
University of Pennsylvania, 2009.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Merchant is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, and Division of Health Policy. She is the Penn Medicine Associate Vice President/Digital Health. She is a Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Center for Digital Health. Her research is at the intersection of digital media and health. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication using digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, Reddit, and Google. One of her projects involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the fields of cardiovascular health, mental health, cancer care, disaster medicine, public health, and resuscitation science. Dr. Merchant has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2011 and her work has been published in journals such as NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, and Health Affairs. She is a member of the editorial board of JAMA. She is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow and was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and healthcare in the US. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Selected Publications

Valbuena VSM, Merchant RM, Hough CL: Racial and Ethnic Bias in Pulse Oximetry and Clinical Outcomes. Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine May 2022 Notes: epub.

Seltzer EK, Guntuku SC, Lanza AL, Tufts C, Srinivas SK, Klinger EV, Asch DA, Fausti N, Ungar L, Merchant RM: Patient experience and satisfaction in online reviews of obstetric care: observational study. Journal of Medical Internet Research Formative Research 6(3): e28379, Mar 2022.

Tong JKC, Akpek E, Naik A, Sharma M, Boateng D, Andy A, Merchant RM, Kelz R: A Qualitative Analysis of Consumer Reviews Reporting Discrimination in U.S. Hospitals. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 1(5): e220715, Feb 2022.

Agarwal AK, Southwick L, Schneider R, Pelullo A, Ortiz R, Klinger EV, Gonzales RE, Rosin R, Merchant RM: Crowdsourced Community Support Resources Among Patients Discharged From the Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Pilot Feasibility Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Mental Health 9(2): e31909, Feb 2022.

Brooks SC, Clegg GR, Bray J, Deakin CD, Perkins GD, Ringh M, Smith CM, Link MS, Merchant RM, Pezo-Morales J, Parr M, Morrison LJ, Wang TL, Koster RW, Ong MEH; International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation: Optimizing Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest With Innovative Approaches to Public-Access Defibrillation: A Scientific Statement From the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Circulation Feb 2022 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Grande, D, Mitra, N, Iyengar, R, Merchant, RM, Asch, DA, Sharma, M, Cannuscio, CC: Consumer willingness to share personal digital information for health-related uses. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 5(1): e2144787, Jan 2022.

Atkins DL, Sasson C, Hsu A, Aziz K, Becker LB, Berg RA, Bhanji F, Bradley SM, Brooks SC, Chan M, Chan PS, Cheng A, Clemency B, de Caen A, Duff JP, Edelson DP, Flores GE, Fuchs S, Girotra S, Hinkson C, Joyner BL, Kamath-Rayne BD, Kleinman M, Kudenchuk PJ, Lasa JJ, Lavonas EJ, Lee HC, Lehotzky RE, Levy A, McBride ME, Meckler G, Merchant RM, Moitra V, Nadkarni V, Panchal AR, Peberdy MA, Raymond T, Roberts K, Sayre MR, Schexnayder SM, Sutton RM, Terry M, Topjian A, Walsh B, Wang DS, Zelop CM, Morgan RW; Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation, Adult and Pediatric Task Forces of the American Heart Association in Collaboration With the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists: 2022 Interim Guidance to Healthcare Providers for Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Jan 2022 Notes: (epub ahead of print).

Wyckoff MH, Singletary EM, Soar J, Olasveengen TM, Greif R, Liley HG, Zideman D, Bhanji F, Andersen LW, Avis SR, Aziz K, Bendall JC, Berry DC, Borra V, Böttiger BW, Bradley R, Bray JE, Breckwoldt J, Carlson JN, Cassan P, Castrén M, Chang WT, Charlton NP, Cheng A, Chung SP, Considine J, Costa-Nobre DT, Couper K, Dainty KN, Davis PG, de Almeida MF, de Caen AR, de Paiva EF, Deakin CD, Djärv T, Douma MJ, Drennan IR, Duff JP, Eastwood KJ, Epstein JL, Escalante R, Fabres JG, Fawke J, Finn JC, Foglia EE, Folke F, Freeman K, Gilfoyle E, Goolsby CA, Grove A, Guinsburg R, Hatanaka T, Hazinski MF, Heriot GS, Hirsch KG, Holmberg MJ, Hosono S, Hsieh MJ, Hung KKC, Hsu CH, Ikeyama T, Isayama T, Kapadia VS, Kawakami M, Kim HS, Kloeck DA, Kudenchuk PJ, Lagina AT, Lauridsen KG, Lavonas EJ, Lockey AS, Malta Hansen C, Markenson D, Matsuyama T, McKinlay CJD, Mehrabian A, Merchant RM, Meyran D, Morley PT, Morrison LJ, Nation KJ, Nemeth M, Neumar RW, Nicholson T, Niermeyer S, Nikolaou N, Nishiyama C, O'Neil BJ, Orkin AM, Osemeke O, Parr MJ, Patocka C, Pellegrino JL, Perkins GD, Perlman JM, Rabi Y, Reynolds JC, Ristagno G, Roehr CC, Sakamoto T, Sandroni C, Sawyer T, Schmölzer GM, Schnaubelt S, Semeraro F, Skrifvars MB, Smith CM, Smyth MA, Soll RF, Sugiura T, Taylor-Phillips S, Trevisanuto D, Vaillancourt C, Wang TL, Weiner GM, Welsford M, Wigginton J, Wyllie JP, Yeung J, Nolan JP, Berg KM: 2021 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations: Summary From the Basic Life Support; Advanced Life Support; Neonatal Life Support; Education, Implementation, and Teams; First Aid Task Forces. Resuscitation 11: 00448-2, Nov 2021 Notes: epub.

Gaulton JS, Hahn L, Driscoll DA, Rosin R, Merchant RMM : Healing at Home: Applying Innovation Principles to Redesign and Optimize Postpartum Care. British Medical Journal Innovations Nov 2021 Notes: epub.

Stokes DC, Pelullo AP, Mitra N, Meisel ZF, South EC, Asch DA, Merchant RM: Association between crowd-sourced healthcare ratings and mortality in United States counties Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 4(10): e2127799, Oct 2021.

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