Raina M Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
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
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.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Emergency Medicine , University of Chicago , 2003-2007.
Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago, 2006-2007.
Philips Resuscitation Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2006-2007.
Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine , 2007-2010.
Fellow, Center for Resuscitation Science, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine , 2007-2010.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2007-2010.
Board certified, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 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

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 2022 Notes: in press.

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 2022 Notes: in press.

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 2022 Notes: in press.

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.

Hsu A, Sasson C, Kudenchuk PJ, Atkins DL, Aziz K, Becker LB, Berg RA, Bhanji F, Bradley SM, Brooks SC, Chan M, Chan PS, Cheng A, Clemency BM, de Caen A, Duff JP, Edelson DP, Flores GE, Fuchs S, Girotra S, Hinkson C, Joyner BL Jr, Kamath-Rayne BD, Kleinman M, Lasa JJ, Lavonas EJ, Lee HC, Lehotzky RE, Levy A, Mancini ME, McBride ME, Meckler G, Merchant RM, Moitra VK, Morgan RW, Nadkarni V, Panchal AR, Peberdy MA, Raymond T, Roberts K, Sayre MR, Schexnayder SM, Sutton RM, Terry M, Walsh B, Wang DS, Zelop CM, Topjian A: 2021 Interim Guidance to Health Care Providers for Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Oct 2021.

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.

Hostetter, M and Klein, S: Confronting racism in health care moving from proclamations to new Practices. The Commonwealth Fund, https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/2021/oct/confronting-racism-health-care Oct 2021.

Mancheno C, Asch DA, Klinger EV, Goldshear JL, Mitra N, Buttenheim AM, Barg FK, Ungar LH, Yang L, Merchant RM: The effect of posting on social media on blood pressure and management of hypertension: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Heart Association 10(19): e020596, Oct 2021.

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