Raina M Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine

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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

Mancheno C, Asch DA, Klinger EV, Goldshear JL, Mitra N, Buttenheim AM, Barg FK, Ungar LH, Yang L, Merchant RM.: Effect of Posting on Social Media on Systolic Blood Pressure and Management of Hypertension: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Heart Association 5(10): e020596, Oct 2021.

Tong J, Andy AU, Merchant RM, Kelz RR.: Evaluation of Online Consumer Reviews of Hospitals and Experiences of Racism using Qualitative Methods. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 4(9): e2126118, Sep 2021.

Merchant RM, DelRio C, Boulware E.: Structural racism and scientific journals: a teachable moment. Journal of the American Medical Association Aug 2021 Notes: (in press).

Stokes DC, Kishton R, McCalpin HJ, Pelullo AP, Meisel ZF, Beidas RS, Merchant RM: Online Reviews of Mental Health Treatment Facilities: Narrative Themes Associated With Positive and Negative Ratings. Psychiatr Services 72(7): 776-783, Jul 2021.

Southwick L, Guntuku SC, Klinger EV, Seltzer E, McCalpin HJ, Merchant RM: Characterizing COVID-19 Content Posted to TikTok: Public Sentiment and Response During the First Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health S1054: 00242-1, Jun 2021.

Guntuku SC, Buttenheim A, Sherman G, Merchant RM: Twitter discourse reveals geographical and temporal variation in concerns about COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Vaccine 5(39): 4034-4038, Jun 2021.

Grande D, Marti Z, Merchant RM, Asch DA, Dolan A, Sharma M, Cannuscio C.: Consumer views on health applications of consumer digital data and health privacy among US adults: qualitative interview study. JMIR 23(6): e29395, Jun 2021.

Guntuku SC, Purtle J, Meisel ZF, Merchant RM, Agarwal A : Partisan Differences in Twitter Language among United States Legislators during COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research 23(6): e27300, Jun 2021.

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 2(4), Apr 2021.

Southwick L, Guntuku SC, Klinger EV, Pelullo A, McCalpin H, Merchant RM : The role of digital health technologies in COVID-19 surveillance and recovery: a specific case of long haulers. International Review of Psychiatry 16: 1-12, Apr 2021.

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Last updated: 10/06/2021
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