Raina M Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA

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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine

Contact information
PCAM, 3400 Civic Center Blvd, 14th floor, Innovation Suite
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Education:
BA (Psychobiology)
Yale University, 1998.
MD
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 an Associate Professor (tenured) of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. 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

Dezfulian C, Orkin AM, Maron BA, Elmer J, Girotra S, Gladwin MT, Merchant RM, Panchal AR, Perman SM, Starks MA, van Diepen S, Lavonas EJ; American Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research; and Council on Clinical Cardiology: Opioid-Associated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Distinctive Clinical Features and Implications for Health Care and Public Responses: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 8, March 2021 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Ortiz R, Southwick L, Schneider R, Klinger EV, Pelullo A, Chandra-Guntuku S, Merchant RM, Agarwal AA: Improving mood through community connection and resources using an interactive digital platform: development and usability study. JMIR Mental Health 8(2): e25834 Feb 2021.

Anietie A, Guntuku S, Asch DA, Groeneveld PW, Adusumali S, Ungar L, Merchant RM: Predicting cardiovascular risk using data from social media. JMIR Cardiology 2021.

Merchant RM, South EC, Lurie N: Public Health Messaging in an Era of Social Media Journal of the American Medical Association 2021 Notes: in press.

Agarwal AK, Guntuku SC, Meisel ZF, Pelullo A, Kinkle B, Merchant RM: Analyzing Online Reviews of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities in the United States Using Machine Learning Journal of General Internal Medicine 2021 Notes: (in press).

Agarwal AK, Guntuku SC, Meisel ZF, Pelullo A, Kinkle B, Merchant RM: Analyzing Online Reviews of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities in the United States Using Machine Learning Journal of General Internal Medicine 2021 Notes: (in press).

Haskell SE, Girortra S, Zhou Y, Zimmerman B, DeRios M, Merchant RM, Atkins DL: Racial disparities in survival outcomes following pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest Resuscitation 2021 Notes: (in press).

Tecce M, Hahn L, Welch B, Okawa D, Wendler DJ, Kalva S, Balachandran M, Delgado MK, Snyder CK, Flynn D, Rosin R, Merchant RM, Servetti J, Lee KC : Value-based care transformation: How Penn Medicine reimagined breast reconstruction, eliminating clinic visits. NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery 2021 Notes: in press.

Nolan JP, Maconochie I, Soar J, Olasveengen TM, Greif R, Wyckoff MH, Singletary EM, Aickin R, Berg KM, Mancini ME, Bhanji F, Wyllie J, Zideman D, Neumar RW, Perkins GD, Castrén M, Morley PT, Montgomery WH, Nadkarni VM, Billi JE, Merchant RM, de Caen A, Escalante-Kanashiro R, Kloeck D, Wang TL, Hazinski MF : Executive Summary: 2020 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations. Circulation 142(16_suppl1): S2-S27, Oct 2020.

Merchant RM, Topjian AA, Panchal AR, Cheng A, Aziz K, Berg KM, Lavonas EJ, Magid DJ: Part 1: Executive Summary: 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation 142: S337-S357, Oct 2020.

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