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Meeta Prasad Kerlin

Associate Professor of Medicine


Dr. Meeta Prasad Kerlin’s primary research interests are optimizing the delivery of critical care services through organizational solutions. She is the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center.

She completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University, followed by medical school at Vanderbilt University, and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She came to the University of Pennsylvania for fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 2006, completed the Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 2009, and joined the faculty thereafter. She is now Associate Professor of Medicine and the Vice Chief for Wellness and Advancement of the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division of the Department of Medicine.

She has been the principal investigator on multiple projects, including survey studies, advanced secondary database analyses, and clinical trials, collaborating with academic colleagues both within and outside of Penn. She has experience utilizing both local (Penn Medicine) data and state and federal administrative data, including data acquisition, management, and analyses; and with ICU-based clinical trials, both as a site-PI and as a lead investigator. She has competed successfully for intramural and extramural funding, including multiple grants from the NIH/NHLBI to study implementation science in critical care settings and organizational factors to improve care and outcomes of patients with acute respiratory failure.

Dr. Kerlin has supervised the direct research experience of several trainees (residents and fellows) who now have grants and manuscripts in the general topic of ICU organization and quality improvement. Finally, she practices clinically in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and experiences first-hand ICU care processes, complementing and informing her scientific agenda.

Dr. Kerlin is married and has two kids, lives in Center City Philadelphia, where she and her family enjoy running around the city and the fantastic Philly restaurants.