Marion Leary, MPH, MSN, RN

Marion Leary, MPD, MSN, RNDirector of Innovation Research

Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania and the Innovation Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. Ms. Leary has focused her research and education over the past twelve years on cardiac arrest and CPR quality with the current goal of developing innovative strategies to improve CPR and resuscitation training. Ms. Leary has participated as an author on over 55 scholarly publications pertaining to CPR and resuscitation science, including the American Heart Association (AHA)’s digital health consensus statement and an AHA scientific statement on CPR quality.

She serves on the Science Subcommittee of the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and was a member of the AHA’s Education Innovation Summit. Ms. Leary also coordinates the social media campaign for the AHA’s Resuscitation Science Symposium. She is an international Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and has participated in the 2010 and 2015 resuscitation guidelines. Ms. Leary is also on the program committee for the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Updates conference focusing on social media outreach and engagement.

Ms. Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of resuscitation science and also innovation and design thinking. As the innovation Specialist at Penn Nursing she created a curriculums focused on nursing innovation and the foundation of design thinking.

Ms. Leary is an Instructor in the Penn Master of Public Health program where she teaches about methods implementation and public health communication. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn. 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 will begin a doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania this fall (2018).

Ms. Leary is on the board of Start Talking Science a free public event to increase the public awareness of — and interest in — cutting-edge, local research and is one of the organizers for the March for Science PHL, as a part of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Science Action group.

Previously, Ms. Leary was a contributor to the Huffington Post and was 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).

Ms. Leary founded the Penn UPstart companies ImmERge, LLC and Resuscor, LLC. Immerge Labs focused on using virtual reality and augmented reality to reimagine how the world prepares for emergencies. Resuscor, LLC focused on using digital strategies to improve post-cardiac arrest training and education. Ms. Leary was also the founder of 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 crowdfunding.

Sample of selected manuscripts:

  • Examining the Use of a Social Media Campaign to Increase Engagement for the American Heart Association 2017 Resuscitation Science Symposium.
    Leary M, McGovern S, Dainty KN, Doshi AA, Blewer AL, Kurz MC, Rittenberger JC, Hazinski MF, Reynolds JC.
    J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Apr 13;7(8). pii: e008710. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.008710.
  • The Latest in Resuscitation Science Research: Highlights from the American Heart Association's 2017 Resuscitation Science Symposium.
    Leary M, McGovern S, Dainty KN, Doshi AA, Blewer AL, Kurz MC, Reynolds JC, Rittenberger JC, Hazinski MF.
    J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Jan 22;7(2). pii: e008589. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.008589. No abstract available.
  • The association of layperson characteristics with the quality of simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance.
    Leary M, Buckler DG, Ikeda DJ, Saraiva DA, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Blewer AL, Abella BS.
    World J Emerg Med. 2017;8(1):12-18. doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920-8642.2017.01.002.
  • 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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Twitter: @marionleary