Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP

Chief Transformation Officer, Perelman School of Medicine Director, Center for Digital Health, Perelman School of Medicine Professor, Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Courses Taught

HPR 600

Brief Bio

Raina M. Merchant, MD, MSHP is an Associate Vice President at Penn Medicine and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Anesthesia and Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She is the Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and Co-Director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. Her research is at the intersection of digital media and health. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication using digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, Reddit, and Google. One of her projects involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the fields of cardiovascular health, mental health, cancer care, disaster medicine, public health, and resuscitation science.

Dr. Merchant has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2011 and has over 140 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as NEJMJAMACirculation, and Health Affairs. Her work has been featured in Wired, the EconomistNew York TimesAtlantic 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 young 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.