Kate Courtright, M.D. received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. She then worked at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute performing large-scale genomic analyses of breast and prostate tumors. Kate earned her medical degree from Temple University in 2008, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in 2011. She served as a chief resident the following year. She is currently a second year fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care at HUP and is interested in examining patient and physician factors influencing the decision to limit life-sustaining therapy in the ICU. Additionally, she hopes to systemically identify patients with end-stage chronic illnesses in the hospital and implement a default system of multi-disciplinary palliative care discussions such that well informed decisions to limit life-sustaining therapy are made prior to the decision to transfer to the ICU. This could serve to reduce both healthcare spending at the end of life and the delivery of medically futile care, and potentially increase quality of life for patients and surrogates.