Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall is founding Co-director of the Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation and assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified anesthesiologist and surgical intensivist, is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and is on the leadership team of the Penn Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety.
Dr. Lane-Fall's research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, focuses on improving clinical outcomes for patients experiencing life-threatening illness in the context of surgical care. She is particularly interested in improving healthcare provider communication at times of transition or handoff across sites of care. She employs qualitative and mixed methods to develop effective communication strategies incorporating human factors principles while complementing clinician workflow. Having implemented a standardized OR-to-ICU handoff process at Penn, she has now partnered with the Christiana Care Health System Value Institute in Delaware to evaluate the effectiveness of perioperative communication in a community setting.
Dr. Lane-Fall received her AB degree with High Distinction (magna cum laude) from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her MD degree from Yale University, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She completed anesthesia residency, critical care fellowship and research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she completed a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research. During her clinical training at Penn, she was the inaugural recipient of the Dripps Scholarship for academic anesthesiologists. She has since been awarded career development funding from the highly competitive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. She was elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists in 2015.
Dr. Lane-Fall has co-authored more than 70 articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts. Dr. Lane-Fall lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, father, and two daughters. She loves technology, science fiction, podcasts, and logic puzzles, and dabbles in graphic design.