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Raina Merchant

Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer University of Pennsylvania Health System; Professor of Emergency Medicine


Dr. Raina M. Merchant is Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is also a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and has secondary appointments in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, and Division of Health Policy. Dr. Merchant received a BA from Yale University, MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Her research and operations portfolio are at the intersection of digital media and health and aim to bridge new technologies in the fields of cardiovascular health, mental health, cancer care, surgical care, public health, health equity, and resuscitation science.

Dr. Merchant has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2011. She has over 185 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, and Health Affairs.  Her work has been featured in Wired, the Economist, New York Times, the Atlantic and others. She is a member of the editorial board of JAMA. She is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow and was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and healthcare in the US. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.