Raina M Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
Senior Fellow, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives
Director, Center for Digital Health
Senior Fellow, Institute for Biomedical Informatics
Affiliated faculty, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Chief Transformation Officer and Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Executive Director, Center for Health Care Transformation and Innovation, Penn Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine

Contact information
PCAM, 5th floor, C-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.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2007-2010.
Fellow, Center for Resuscitation Science, 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 secondary appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, and Division of Health Policy. She is also a physician executive and serves as the Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for Penn Medicine. Much of her research and operations work bridges new technologies in the fields of cardiovascular health, mental health, cancer care, disaster medicine, public health, health equity 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 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

Muir, KJ, Merchant, RM, Lasater, KB, Brooks Carthon, JMB: Emergency nurses’ reasons for not recommending their hospital to clinicians as a good place to work: A qualitative analysis. JAMA Network Open Apr 2024.

Agarwal AK, Southwick L, Gonzales R, Bellini L, Asch DA, Shea J, Mitra N, Yang L, Balachandran M, Wolk C, Becker-Haimes E, Merchant RM: Effect of a Digital Engagement Strategy on Healthcare Worker Mental Health and Well-being: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open Mar 2024.

Harrison J, McDermott G, Dixon EL, Mehta M, Haider A, Rareshide C, Southwick L, Agarwal AK, Merchant RM, Kilaru AS.: Eligibility of emergency department patients for public benefit programs. Academic Emergency Medicine Mar 2024.

Agarwal AK, Gonzales RE, Sagan C, Nijim S, Asch DA, Merchant RM, South EC : Perspective of black patients on racism within emergency care. Journal of the American Medical Association Health Forum 5(3): e2400046, Mar 2024.

Merchant RM, Becker LB, Brooks SC, Chan PS, Del Rios M, McBride ME, Neumar RW, Previdi JK, Uzendu A, Sasson C: The American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care 2030 Impact Goals and Call to Action to Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 149(8): e914-e933, Jan 2024.

Pearson TA, Vitalis D, Pratt C, Campo R, Armoundas AA, Au D, Beech B, Brazhnik O, Chute CG, Davidson KW, Diez-Roux AV, Fine LJ, Gabriel D, Groenveld P, Hall J, Hamilton AB, Hu H, Ji H, Kind A, Kraus WE, Krumholz H, Mensah GA, Merchant RM, Mozaffarian D, Murray DM, Neumark-Sztainer D, Petersen M, Goff D.: The Science of Precision Prevention: Research Opportunities and Clinical Applications to Reduce Cardiovascular Health Disparities. Journal of the American College of Cardiology Advances 3(1): 100759, Jan 2024.

Muir KJ, McHugh MD, Merchant RM, Lasater KB: Left Without Being Seen: Nurse Work Environment and Timely Outcomes in New York and Illinois Emergency Departments. Journal of Emergency Nursing 20: 00314-8, Dec 2023.

Abrams MP, Merchant RM, Meisel ZF, Pellulo A, Guntuku SC, Agarwal AK : Association Between Online Reviews of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities and Drug-Induced Mortality Rates: Cross-Sectional Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research Artificial Intelligence 2: e46317, Dec 2023.

Azizi Z, Adedinsewo, Rodriguez F, Lewey J, Merchant RM, Brewer LP.: Leveraging digital health to improve the cardiovascular health of women Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports 17(11): 205-214, Sep 2023.

Agarwal AK, Mittal J, Tran A, Merchant R, Guntuku SC: Investigating Social Media to Evaluate Emergency Medicine Physicians' Emotional Well-being During COVID-19. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 6(5): e2312708, May 2023.

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Last updated: 06/26/2024
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