Andrew M Courtwright, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
3400 Spruce Street
Gates 940
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-615-4142
Fax: 215-349-8235
BA (Biology)
Rice University, 2001.
BA (Philosophy)
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

Pulmonary fibrosis
Lung transplantation
Short telomere syndromes

Description of Research Expertise

Andrew Courtwright, MD, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is also the Co-Chair of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ethics Committee. His research focus is divided between issues in clinical ethics consultation and resource allocation in lung transplantation.

Dr. Courtwright is currently focused on three projects: 1) the impact of 1 year survival quality benchmarks on solid organ candidate selection and recipient management; 2) capturing institutional variations in ethics consultation for conflict over life-sustaining treatment, including procedural mechanisms for conflict resolution; 3) the appropriate method of detection of circulating HLA antibodies pre- and post-transplant and the impact of different screening approaches on access to lung transplantation among women and racial and ethnic minorities. In addition, he continues collaborative work in HLA sensitization and lung transplantation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and ethics consultation research with the Massachusetts General Hospital Ethics Committee.

Selected Publications

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 Page: doi: 10.1111/ajt.14982, 2018.

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 Page: doi: 10.1016/.healun.2016.12.013, 2016.

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, 2016.

Courtwright AM, Zaleski D, Gardo L, Ahya VN, Christie JD, Crespo M, Hadjuliadis D, Lee J, Molina M, Patel N, Porteous M, Cantu EE, Bermudez C, Diamond JM. : Causes, preventability, and cost of unplanned rehospitalizations within 30 days of discharge following lung transplantation. Transplantation 2018.

Cao S*, Courtwright AM*, Lamattina A, Guleria I, Burkett P, El-Chemaly S, Goldberg HJ. : The impact of screening method on HLA antibody detection before and after lung transplantation: A prospective pilot study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2017.

Courtwright AM and Cantu E: Lung transplantation in elderly patients. Journal of Thoracic Disease 9(9), 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, Sep 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, 2017.

Courtwright AM, Brackett S, Cadge W, Krakauer EL, Robinson EM: Experience with a hospital policy on not offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation when believed more harmful than beneficial. Journal of Critical Care 30(1): 173-7, Feb 2015.

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

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