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Katherine (Kate) Courtright, MD, MSHP

Katherine (Kate) Courtright, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Director of Palliative Care Research, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program at Penn Medicine
Core Faculty, Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center

After attending Temple University School of Medicine (’08), Dr. Kate Courtright completed Internal Medicine residency and a chief resident year, followed by fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine all at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned an MS in Health Policy Research (’15) from the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty in 2016. Dr. Courtright’s research at the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center focuses on optimizing the effectiveness and equity of palliative care delivery for hospitalized patients with serious illness. Her work applies insights and methodologies from the fields of predictive science, behavioral economics, and implementation science to develop and test novel palliative care delivery interventions in large pragmatic clinical trials. Dr. Courtright was a career development awardee from the National Palliative Care Research Center and NIH (NHLBI K23), and a recipient of the Lee Lusted Student Research Prize from the Society of Medical Decision Making in 2015 and the Early Career Investigator Award from the American Academic of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2022. Recent and current research support includes PCORI, NHLBI, NIA, and the Donaghue Foundation.