The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Katherine Courtright MD, MS

University of Pennsylvania

Katherine (Kate) Courtright, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she attends in the medical intensive care unit and on the palliative care consultative service. Her research interests bridge the fields of bioinformatics and behavioral economics to improve the effectiveness and value of palliative care delivery. She is exploring the palliative care needs among seriously ill hospitalized patients and testing clinician-targeted behavioral interventions in pragmatic clinical trials to improve the quality of palliative care. This work is critical to address the gap between the unmet needs of seriously ill patients and the resource-constraints of specialty palliative care. Dr. Courtright received a National Palliative Care Research Center Junior Faculty Career Development Award in 2017 and is currently supported by a K23 (NHLBI) Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.