Emergency Medicine

Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research

Zachary F. Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP

Core Faculty

Kit Delgado, MD MS
M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology and a practicing trauma center emergency physician. He leads the Behavioral Science & Analytics For Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) lab, which applies data science and behavioral economics for preventing injuries and improving trauma and emergency care. He has developed a novel line of research leveraging smartphone technology and behavioral economic interventions for injury prevention with a focus on reducing motor vehicle crashes due to distracted and alcohol-impaired driving. Second, he is testing behavioral economic interventions to promote opioid stewardship for acute and post-operative pain management. Finally, he conducts health services research to optimize trauma and emergency care systems. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. He is a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) Senior Fellow and a faculty member in the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research (CECPR), the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). He is also a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities.

Dan Holena, MD
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery. He is currently on K12 training grant while in the MSCE program at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His research interests include systems of trauma and emergency surgical care delivery, telemedicine, and time sensitive surgical disease states.

Zachary F. Meisel, MD MPH MS
is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Medical Editor of The Health Economist: A Policy Journal from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Meisel is Associate Editor at Academic Emergency Medicine, the official journal for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Meisel’s health services research interests are broad and cover emergency care access and utilization, patient safety, emergency medical services, implementation science, comparative effectiveness research, and the use of written narratives to promote evidence translation. He served as Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Scholar at Penn under a KM1 Career Development Award in CER. He is principal investigator on a multi-year R-18 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) studying the role of narrative implementation for evidence adoption for opioid prescriptions in emergency care. Dr. Meisel has joined the Patient Centered Outcomes Research institute (PCORI) as part of a team working on narrative translation of standards and methods for PCORI. Dr. Meisel is a well-known medical journalist with expertise in dissemination translation of health services research results for audiences such as patients and policy makers. As such, he is widely published in Slate Magazine and is the senior medical columnist for Time Magazine (Time.com) where he writes The Medical Insider column. Dr. Meisel is patient safety officer for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Emergency Medicine and is the faculty advisor for the Penn SOM writing program and journal, Stylus.

Raina M. Merchant, MD MSHP FAHA

is an Associate Vice President at Penn Medicine and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is the Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and Co-Director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. She is a member of the editorial board of JAMA.

Dr. Merchant attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, University of Chicago for Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania for a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Her work is at the intersection of digital media and health. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication on digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, and Google.  One of her projects in this area 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 field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving (automated external defibrillator) AED access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist.

Dr. Merchant is currently funded by the NIH and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, and Health Affairs. Her work has been featured in Wired, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and others. She 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.

Mike Mullen, MD
is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and board certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology. He completed residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mullen specializes in the treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular disease. His research interests include access to specialized care for neurologically injured patients, disparities in access to care, and the impact of regionalization on outcomes after stroke.

Sage Myers, MD MSCE
is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and an attending physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has formal training in epidemiology and biostatistics through Penn's Masters in Clinical Epidemiology program, and experience with large-database studies. She has done work demonstrating disparities in outcomes for pediatric injury by hospital type, and has examined the high levels of injury mortality in rural as compared to urban locations. In addition, she has begun training in implementation science and plans to further this knowledge and experience over the coming years. As a clinician, she cares for children in a tertiary-care pediatric ED, with strong trauma and medical resuscitation programs. She serves as the Associate Trauma Director of Emergency Medicine, working with trauma colleagues on education and quality improvement initiatives. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Resuscitation Review Committee, identifying and implementing systems changes which support optimal care delivery in medical resuscitations.

Jeanmarie Perrone, MD
is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Perrone has studied various aspects of the increasing morbidity and mortality stemming from the prescription drug epidemic. Her clinical experience and education initiatives are targeted towards mitigating the adverse effects of opioid diversion and towards strategies to risk stratify patients prior to opioid prescribing. She has advocated and lectured at the state and national level on the value of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs in preventing opioid misuse diverted from opioid prescriptions. She is a voting member of the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and participated in the Assessment of the Controlled Substances Scheduling of Hydrocodone.

Frances Shofer, PhD
is the Director of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and core faculty member in the Occupational Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She also teaches biostatistics and a capstone seminar class in the Masters of Public Health Program. Dr. Shofer has been working in emergency medicine research for more than 25 years and has developed an expertise in the design and evaluation of clinical emergency medicine based studies. She regularly collaborates with faculty on projects from concept through to publication.

Eugenia South, MD, MS
is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. South’s research focuses on how neighborhood context impacts health and safety in urban environments. She is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence chronic stress, cardiovascular and mental health, and violent crime. She worked with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society to pilot a randomized controlled trial of vacant lot greening, the first prospective experimental analysis of a community greening intervention. This trial found that people felt safer after greening, a trend toward decreased violent crime, and physiologic evidence of decreased stress. This work resulted in several published manuscripts and has been featured in national media outlets including NPR, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post, as well as multiple international media outlets. Currently, Dr. South is developing several projects, including an evaluation of the impact of abandoned building remediation on chronic stress, and an evaluation of NatureRx, a park prescription program aimed at increased youth exposure to urban green space.

Douglas J Wiebe, PhD
is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Wiebe's research interests include the impact of the environment on health-related behavior and the use of geographic data in planning healthcare delivery systems. He holds an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) and is the Co-Director of the Cartographic Modeling Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Visiting Scholar appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, England, where he spends time conducting research each summer.

Research Staff

Research Project Manager
Erica Goldberg

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Jessie Hemmons

Clinical Research Coordinator
Camille Lin

Clinical Research Coordinator
Dina Abdel-Rahman

Research Assistant
Sujit Johnston

Research Assistant
Evan Spencer

Faculty Contact

Zachary F. Meisel, MD

Administrative Contact

Eileen McDonnell


Affiliated Faculty and Collaborators

David Asch, MD MBA

Executive Director, Center for Health Care Innovation
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, RWJ Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program

Charles C. Branas, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
Director of the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brendan G. Carr, MD MA MS

Thomas Jefferson University

Paul Crits-Christoph, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
Director, Center for Psychotherapy Research

Jeanne Anne Grisso, MD MS

Professor of Public Health, School of Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine

Daniel Polsky, PhD

Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School

Sandy Schwartz, MD MBA

Leon Hess Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, The Wharton School

Mark R. Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE

Associate Director of Research, Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, CHOP and Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

CECPR Fellows and Collaborators

Edouard Coupet, MD (CECPR Fellow)
Elizabeth Brown (RWJ CSP Fellow)
Ari Friedman (MD/PhD Student and CECPR Fellow)
Maggie Kaslow-Samuels (Peds EM Fellow; K-12 Fellow)
Tiffany Johnson, MD (EM K-12 Fellow)
David Lee (RWJ CSP Fellow)
Brandon Maughan (RWJ CSP Fellow)
Michael Richards (PhD, Wharton/LDI Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Ezekiel Richardson (CECPR Fellow)
Kristin Rising, MD (CECPR Fellow)
Brendan Saloner (PhD, Post-Doctoral RWJ Health and Societies Scholar)
Emily Stanton (MSCE Student and Medical Critical Care Fellow)

Student and Resident CECPR Fellows

Anish Agarwal MD, MPH (EM Resident)
Simon Basseyn (MS4 CECPR Fellow)
Lawrence Chang (MS4 CECPR Fellow)
Julie Griff (MPH Student)
Na Ju, MD (EM Resident)
Alexander Katz, MD (EM Resident)
Austin Kilaru (MS4 CECPR Fellow)
Charlotte Lawson (MS4 Doris Duke Fellow)
Jen Love (MS4 Student)
Michelle Munyikwa (MD/PhD Student)
Kevin Padrez (MS4 CECPR Fellow)
Andrew Sheep, MD (EM Resident)
Lauren Sinnenberg (MS4 CECPR Fellow)
Robert Smith (MS4 CECPR Fellow)
Albert Yu (MS2 CECPR Fellow)


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