Katherine (Kate) Courtright, MD, MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a core faculty member at the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Courtright’s research strives to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of palliative care delivery for people living with any serious illness in acute and long-term care settings. Her research is situated at the busy intersection of the fields of predictive, behavioral, and implementation science, and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how to optimally deliver palliative care services to patients most likely to benefit from them. She leverages predictive models and effective clinician nudges in the electronic health record to develop and test innovative palliative care delivery models in large pragmatic clinical trials.
In 2016, Dr. Courtright joined the faculty of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania and undertook additional clinical training in Palliative and Hospice Medicine. She cares for patients in the medical intensive care unit and on the palliative care consult team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from the Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Courtright completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She stayed at Penn for a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, additional clinical training in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and a master’s program in Health Policy Research.