Andrew M Courtwright, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care)
Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplantation Fellowship Program Director, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
3400 Spruce Street
Gates 940
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-615-4142
Fax: 215-349-8235
BA (Philosophy)
Rice University, 2001.
BA (Biology)
Rice University, 2001.
MA (Philosophy)
University of North Carolina, 2006.
PhD (Philosophy)
University of North Carolina, 2007.
MD (Medicine)
University of North Carolina, 2009.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Interstitial lung disease
Lung transplantation
Short telomere syndrome
Telomere biology disorders

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Courtwright is a clinician in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His research is divided between issues in resource allocation in lung transplantation and clinical ethics.

Dr. Courtwright is currently focused on three projects: 1) refining our understanding of HLA antibodies pre- and post-transplant to improve access to lung transplantation for sensitized patients. 2) Strategies for expanding the lung donor pool, including utilization of hepatitis B donors. 3) Transplantation ethics as it relates to the dead donor rule and organ procurement via normothermic regional perfusion. In addition, he is involved in collaborative work on short telomere syndrome and lung transplantation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, ethics consultation research with the Massachusetts General Hospital Ethics Committee, and bacteriophage therapy and infection following lung transplantation with the University of California San Diego.

Selected Publications

Drolen C, Cantu E, Goldberg HJ, Diamond JM, Courtwright AM: Impact of the elimination of the Donation Service Area on United States lung transplant practices and outcomes at high and low competition centers. American Journal of Transplantation 20(12): 3271-3703, Dec 2020.

Nathan AS, Blebea C, Chatterjee P, Thomasson A, Diamond JM, Groeneveld PW, Giri J, Goldberg HJ, Courtwright AM. : Mortality trends around the one‐year survival mark after heart, liver, and lung transplantation in the United States. Clinical Transplantation 34(2): e13852, Jun 2020.

Courtwright AM, Rubin E, Robinson EM, Thomasson A, El-Chemaly S, Diamond JM, Goldberg HJ. : In-hospital and subsequent mortality among lung transplant recipients with a prolonged initial hospitalization. American Journal of Transplantation 19(2): 532-9, Oct 2018.

Lamas Daniela J, Lakin Joshua R, Trindade Anil J, Courtwright Andrew, Goldberg Hilary: Looking beyond mortality in transplantation outcomes. The New England Journal of Medicine 379(20): 1889-1891, Mar 2018.

Courtwright AM, Cao S, Wood I, Mallidi HR, Kawasawa J, Moniodis A, Ng J, El-Chemaly S, Goldberg HJ: Clinical outcomes of lung transplantation in the presence of donor-specific antibodies. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 16(9): 1131-1137, Sep 2019.

Courtwright AM, Fried S, Villalba JA, Moniodis A, Guleria I, Wood I, Milford E, Mallidi HH, Hunninghake GM, Raby BA, Agarwal S, Camp PC, Rosas IO, Goldberg HJ, El-Chemaly S: Association of donor and recipient telomere length with clinical outcomes following lung transplantation. PloS One 11(9): e0162409, Sep 2016.

Courtwright AM, El-Chemaly S, Dellaripa PF, Goldberg HJ: Survival and outcomes after lung transplantation for non-scleroderma connective tissue-related interstitial lung disease. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 36(7): 763-9, Jul 2017.

Courtwright AM, Robinson EM, Feins K, Carr-Loveland J, Donahue V, Roy N, McCannon J: Ethics committee consultation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 13(9): 1553-1558, Nov 2016.

Robinson EM, Cadge W, Zollfrank AA, Cremens MC, Courtwright AM: After the DNR: Surrogates who persist in requesting cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Hastings Center Report 47(1): 10-19, Feb 2017.

Courtwright, AM: Stigmatization and public health ethics. Bioethics 27(2): 74-80, Aug 2011.

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