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Andrew M. Courtwright, MD, PHD

Andrew M. Courtwright, MD, PHD Physician

Co-chair, Hospital Ethics Committee Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Courtwright is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Pulmonary Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2016
  • Internal Medicine, 2012
  • Pulmonary Disease, 2015

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy
  • Arterial Line Placement
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Fungemia
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Sepsis (Septicemia)
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Ventilator Dependent

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital


American Society of Transplantation, National International Society for Health Lung Transplantation, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Courtwright is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Courtwright is a clinician in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Co-Chair of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ethics Committee. His research is divided between issues in resource allocation in lung transplantation and clinical ethics consultation.

Dr. Courtwright is currently focused on three projects: 1) the impact of 1 year survival quality benchmarks on solid organ candidate selection and recipient management; 2) capturing institutional variations in ethics consultation for conflict over life-sustaining treatment, including procedural mechanisms for conflict resolution; 3) the appropriate method of detection of circulating HLA antibodies pre- and post-transplant and the impact of different screening approaches on access to lung transplantation among women and racial and ethnic minorities. In addition, he continues collaborative work in short telomere syndromes and lung transplantation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and ethics consultation research with the Massachusetts General Hospital Ethics Committee.

Selected Publications:

Courtwright AM, Cao S, Wood I, Mallidi HR, Kawasawa J, Moniodis A, Ng J, El-Chemaly S, Goldberg HJ: Clinical outcomes of lung transplantation in the presence of donor-specific antibodies. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 16 (9): 1131-1137,2019.

Courtwright AM, Rubin E, Robinson EM, Thomasson A, El-Chemaly S, Diamond JM, Goldberg HJ.: In-hospital and subsequent mortality among lung transplant recipients with a prolonged initial hospitalization. American Journal of Transplantation 19 (2): 532-9,2018.

Lamas Daniela J, Lakin Joshua R, Trindade Anil J, Courtwright Andrew, Goldberg Hilary: Looking beyond mortality in transplantation outcomes The New England Journal of Medicine 379 (20): 1889-1891,2018.

Courtwright AM, Fried S, Villalba JA, Moniodis A, Guleria I, Wood I, Milford E, Mallidi HH, Hunninghake GM, Raby BA, Agarwal S, Camp PC, Rosas IO, Goldberg HJ, El-Chemaly S: Association of donor and recipient telomere length with clinical outcomes following lung transplantation. PloS One 11 (9): e0162409,2016.

Courtwright AM, El-Chemaly S, Dellaripa PF, Goldberg HJ: Survival and outcomes after lung transplantation for non-scleroderma connective tissue-related interstitial lung disease. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 36 (7): 763-9,2017.

Cao S*, Courtwright AM*, Lamattina A, Guleria I, Burkett P, El-Chemaly S, Goldberg HJ.: The impact of screening method on HLA antibody detection before and after lung transplantation: A prospective pilot study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 37 (4): 531-3,2018.

Courtwright AM, Robinson EM, Feins K, Carr-Loveland J, Donahue V, Roy N, McCannon J: Ethics committee consultation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 13 (9): 1553-1558,2016.

Robinson EM, Cadge W, Zollfrank AA, Cremens MC, Courtwright AM: After the DNR: Surrogates who persist in requesting cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Hastings Center Report 47 (1): 10-19,2017.

Courtwright AM, Brackett S, Cadge W, Krakauer EL, Robinson EM: Experience with a hospital policy on not offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation when believed more harmful than beneficial. Journal of Critical Care 30 (1): 173-7,2015.

Courtwright, AM: Stigmatization and public health ethics. Bioethics 27 (2): 74-80,2011.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street
Gates 940

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4142
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)