About Us

As health professionals dedicated to saving lives and expanding the horizons of theory and practice—this interdisciplinary team has come together to engage and challenge the Philadelphia community to improve access to critical life-saving technologies. By harnessing the increasing reach of new media we hope to bring innovation to address an important public health disparity.

The UPenn MyHeartMap Team is initiating the MyHeartMap Challenge project to locate installed AEDs in Philadelphia County. Philadelphia County, with an estimated 1.5 million inhabitants and an estimated 500,000 daily workers and visitors, is the country’s 5th largest city and home to Center City, the 3rd largest downtown residential population in the United States.  Philadelphia represents an ideal location for the inaugural, MyHeartChallenge pilot program. This pilot program is part of a larger ongoing collaboration between faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington to improve resuscitation care throughout.


Raina Merchant, MD, MS, received her undergraduate degree from Yale University. She attended the University of Chicago where she obtained her MD and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine. As a resident she served as chief and completed a resuscitation fellowship. Following residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also earned a Masters of Science in Health Policy. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institue of Health Economics. She also works in the Office of Policy and Planning of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services. She also currently serves on the American HeartAssociation Emergency Cardiovascular Care, Research Working Group and the Cardiopulmonary Critical Care, Periorperative and Resuscitation Council, Leadership Committee as the early care representative. Her research is focused on... Read More


Lance B. Becker, MD, is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously Dr. Becker was a Professor at the University of Chicago's Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine. He was the founder and Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago in Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, an interdisciplinary team of investigators focused on understanding and treating sudden death from cardiac arrest and from traumatic injuries. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine and critical care medicine. Dr. Becker has received numerous national awards and recognition for his work and leadership. He was selected by Emergency Medicine residents as the "Attending Physician of the Year" in 1997, has been awarded the "Time, Feeling, and Focus" award from the American Heart Association, , as well as other leadership awards from the National Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the American Heart Association. Dr. Becker was the National Conference Director for the American Heart Association's...Read More


David Asch, MD, MBA, is the Robert Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School, Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Co-director of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Asch has extensive experience studying the clinical and economic decisions patients and providers make. Dr. Asch is the recipient of the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth (1997), the Outstanding Paper of the Year Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making (1997), the Nellie Westerman Prize from the American Federation for Medical Research (1998), the...Read More


Eric M. Stone, EdM, MBA has spent fifteen years in domestic and international marketing, business development, and commercial capacities in the health and technology sectors.  Most recently with Abbott Laboratories, Stone launched the market-leading drug eluting stent and the world’s first completely bioresorbable coronary stent.  Previously, he served as the Principal and Founder of a boutique consultancy providing organizational effectiveness and strategic marketing services to Global 100 and privately held firms.  A founding member of enterprise software firm Model N’s Life Sciences division, Stone oversaw the group’s marketing and partnership and alliance functions.  Stone started his career with Austin-based Trilogy Software, where he co-led the national launch of Company online car-buying spinoff carOrder.com.  Additionally, he has held marketing assignments with Medtronic, Boston Scientific, American Greetings and Publicis & Hal Riney Advertising. Stone is active in the social sector, co-founding Harvard's Student-Alumni Mentoring Initiative and...Read More


Graham Nichol, MD, is Medic One Foundation Endowed Chair in Prehospital Emergency Care, Professor of Medicine, and Director of the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care and Attending Physician, Emergency Services, Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Nichol has received numerous national awards and recognition for his work and leadership. Dr. Nichol has served on the national American Heart Association's Basic Life Support subcommittee and Advanced Life Support subcommittees. He is a past Chairman of the Basic Life Support subcommittee. He has served as representative to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and helped create and continues to co-direct the Resuscitation Science Symposium of the American Heart Association, the leading international venue for the presentation of cutting edge science in resuscitation. Dr. Nichol has worked closely with the NIH as a reviewer, grantee, and in a leadership role as a the Chair of the Epidemiology Panel for the NIH...Read More


Other members of the MyHeartMap leadership team

Ben Abella
Bob Berg
Charlie Branas
Allan Braslow
Brendan Carr
Peter Groeneveld
Jack Hershey
Shawndra Hill
Marion Leary
Aaron Moskowitz
Vinay Nadkarni
Larry Starr
J. Andrei Villarroel



Research Assistants:

Jeremy Asch, Nora Becker, Alison Leung, Kirk Lozada, Olivia Saynisch

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