Dr. Katherine (Kate) Courtright's research is focused on closing the gap between a growing demand for high quality specialty palliative care services for seriously ill adults and the workforce available to provide them. Her work combines advanced data science tools, behavioral economics, and health services research methods to develop an electronic needs-based approach to target and improve uptake of such services among those most likely to benefit from them. Dr. Courtright is a core faculty member of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center and the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
After graduating from Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Courtright completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During fellowship, she completed a masters of health policy research, and was awarded the Lee Lusted Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making and a Travel Scholarship from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Courtright is an attending physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she cares for patients in the medical intensive care unit and provides palliative care consultative services.