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Kate Courtright

Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Dr. Katherine (Kate) Courtright is a critical care and palliative care physician and researcher with a goal of improving the effectiveness and equity of palliative care delivery for people living with serious illnesses. Her research aims to close the efficacy-effectiveness-implementation evidence gaps for high-value palliative care delivery, with a central focus on improving the frequency, timeliness, and equity of hospital-based palliative care consultation. Her work incorporates principles from behavioral science, clinical informatics, implementation science, and pragmatic clinical trials to develop and evaluate the real-world impact of implementing innovative and scalable clinician-targeted nudges to improve palliative care delivery and patient-centered, clinical, and economic outcomes in serious illness care.

After graduating from Temple University School of Medicine (’08), Dr. Courtright completed an internal medicine residency, chief residency, and two fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine all at the University of Pennsylvania. During fellowship, she received a master’s degree in health policy research (’15). Dr. Courtright attends in the medical intensive care unit and on the inpatient palliative care consult team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.