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Emma A. Meagher

Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology; Vice Dean for Clinical Research & Chief Clinical Research Officer; Vice President for Clinical Research, UPHS; Senior Associate Vice Provost, Human Research; Associate Dean, PSOM Master’s and Certificate Programs; Director, Translational Research Education


Emma A. Meagher, MD, serves as Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Meagher earned her medical doctorate degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine, cardiology, and pharmacology at the National University of Ireland. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.

In her roles within PSOM as Vice Dean for Clinical Research and Chief Clinical Research Officer, and as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Human Research, Dr. Meagher oversees the institution’s clinical research infrastructure and its portfolio, and sets the strategy for Penn Medicine’s clinical research enterprise. In her role as Vice President of Clinical Research within the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. Meagher is charged with developing and implementing a UPHS-wide research strategy and leading the integration and alignment of clinical research and clinical practice across Penn Medicine’s hospitals and ambulatory practices.

In her roles as Associate Dean for PSOM Master’s and Certificate Programs, and as Director of Translational Research Education, Dr. Meagher is responsible for the rapidly growing portfolio of professional education opportunities provided by the Perelman School of Medicine. Since 2004, she has led the highly successful Master of Science in Translational Research program, which has trained many physician-scientists and clinical investigators who now lead several of PSOM’s cutting-edge clinical and translational research programs.

Dr. Meagher’s research expertise lies in the development of novel therapeutics for dyslipidemia and the evaluation of educational methods for training clinical and translational scientists. She serves as a board member for the Clinical Research Forum and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)’s Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND), and is a past-president of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS). She has published articles in numerous high-impact journals, held numerous editorial positions, and is certified as a master trainer through the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network. At Penn, she has implemented a Research Mentor and Mentee Training program for investigators conducting clinical and translational science.

Dr. Meagher has received recognition for her efforts in education through numerous teaching awards, including the University’s highest teaching honor, the Lindback Award for Medical Education (2005), as well as the AAMC Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award (2014) and the ACTS Distinguished Educator Award (2020).