Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Center for Resuscitation Science

Marion Leary, MPH, MSN, RN

Director of Innovation ResearchMarion Leary

Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Course Director for the NURS 389 Research/Inquiry-based Service Residency at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and an Instructor in the Penn Master of Public Health program. Ms. Leary focuses her research, education and clinical care on Cardiac Arrest, CPR quality and Therapeutic Hypothermia. Ms. Leary is also a consultant with the Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab. Ms. Leary completed her master's degree in nursing at Penn, in health leadership and a master's degree in public health at Penn. Ms. Leary is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn.

Ms. Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of CPR quality and post-cardiac arrest, resuscitation care. She is an international Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and serves on the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Nursing subcommittee and also the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science subcommittee. She has participated in the 2010 resuscitation guidelines and is participating in the upcoming 2015 resuscitation guidelines. Additionally, she is the co-director of the Hypothermia and Resuscitation Training (HART) Institute at Penn.

Ms. Leary is a contributor to the Huffington Post and is the host of STEAMrollrs, a segment of the STEM Everyday Podcast featuring women who are paving the way in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). She is also on the board of Start Talking Science a free public event increase the public awareness of — and interest in — cutting-edge, local research.

Previously, Ms. Leary founded Sink or Swim Philadelphia (2011-2015), a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission was to assist people who were uninsured or underinsured raise funds to pay for medical expenses using social media and medical crowd-funding. Ms. Leary was also a co-founder of Resuscor, LLC (2012-2015) a Penn UPstart company focusing on cardiac arrest and resuscitation science medical education, innovation and technology.

Sample of selected manuscripts:

  • Leary M, Neefe S, Tsypenyuk B, Faulk SA, Schweikert W, Holena DN. Rethinking the in-hospital cardiac arrest response to decrease overcrowding and improve provider role definitions. AJCC. Accepted. August 2015.
  • Leary M. A multimodal approach to improving survival from in-hospital cardiac arrest. Nursing2014 Critical Care. January 2015. 10(1):34-40.
  • Hsu CH, Li J, Cinousis MJ, Sheak KR, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Leary M. Cerebral performance category at hospital discharge predicts long-term survival of cardiac arrest survivors receiving targeted temperature management. Crit Care Med. 2014 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Leary M, Abella BS. Defibrillation does not occur in isolation: the importance of peri-shock CPR. Resuscitation. 2014 Mar;85(3):313-4.
  • Leary M, Cinousis M, Mikkelsen ME, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Fuchs BD. The Association of Body Mass Index with time to target temperature and outcomes following post-arrest targeted temperature management. Resuscitation. 2014 Feb;85(2):244-7.
  • Meaney PA, Bobrow BJ, Mancini ME, Christenson J, de Caen AR, Bhanji F, Abella BS, Kleinman ME, Edelson DP, Berg RA, Aufderheide TP, Menon V, Leary M. CPR Quality: Improving Cardiac Arrest Both Inside and Outside the Hospital. A Consensus Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013 Jul 23;128(4):417-35.
  • Leary M, Grossestreuer AV, Iannacone S, Gonzalez M, Shofer FS, Povey C, Wendell G, Archer SE, Gaieski DF, Abella BS. Pyrexia and neurologic outcomes after therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2013 Aug;84(8):1056-61.
  • Leary M. The case for high-quality CPR. American Heart Association Cardiovascular Nursing Council Connections Newsletter. April 2012.
  • Leary M, Abella BS. The Challenge of CPR Quality: Improvement in the Real World, Resuscitation. 2008 Apr;77(1):1-3.

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