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Raina Merchant

NORC Board of Trustees
Raina oversees transformation and innovation for Penn Medicine with a focus on new care delivery models, applications for automation and AI, patient experience, health care workforce well-being, and health equity.

Raina is a physician executive and serves as the vice president and chief transformation officer for Penn Medicine. She is also a tenured professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has secondary appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, and Division of Health Policy. 

Much of her research and operations work bridges new technologies in the fields of cardiovascular health, mental health, cancer care, disaster medicine, public health, health equity, and resuscitation science. Raina has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2011, and her work has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Circulation, and Health Affairs. She is a member of the editorial board of JAMA.  

Raina 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 health care in the United States. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.



University of Pennsylvania


University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine


Yale University

Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Associate Vice President

Digital Health

Chief Transformation Officer & Vice President

University of Pennsylvania Health System

Senior Fellow

Institute for Biomedical Informatics; Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives


National Clinician Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania


Center for Digital Health, University of Pennsylvania

Affiliated Faculty

Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics


National Academy of Medicine