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Kerri Akaya Smith, MD

Kerri Akaya Smith, MD Physician

Medical Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Smith is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Medicine
    • Pulmonary Medicine

Programs & Centers:

  • Lung
    • Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Board Certification:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2009
  • Internal Medicine, 2006
  • Pulmonary Disease, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Pulmonary Vascular Diseases

Description of Clinical Expertise

Pulmonary hypertension

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Harron Lung Center

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine West Pavilion, 1st Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Penn Heart and Vascular Center

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine East Pavilion, 2nd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Memberships

American Thoracic Society (Member), National International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (Member), International Laennec Society (Member), Local Pulmonary Hypertension Association (Member), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Smith is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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.

Research

Selected Publications:

Matura LA, Shou H, Fritz JS, Smith KA, Vaidya A, Pinder D, Archer-Chicko C, Dubow D, Palevsky HI, Sommers MS, Kawut SM.: Physical Activity and Symptoms in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Chest : 2016.

Ventetuolo, C. E.,Gabler, N. B.,Fritz, J. S.,Smith, K. A.,Palevsky, H. I.,Klinger, J. R.,Halpern, S. D.,Kawut, S. M: Are Hemodynamics Surrogate Endpoints in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension? Circulation 130 (9): 768-775,2014.

C.E. Ventetuolo, MD, MS, N.B. Gabler, PhD, H.I. Palevsky, MD, J.S. Fritz, MD, K.A. Smith, MD, S.D. Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, S.M. Kawut, MD, MS: Are Hemodynamics Surrogate Endpoints In Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension? American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine : 2014.

Smith KA, Waxman A.: Pulmonary Hypertension: Coexisting Diseases and Differential Diagnosis Asthma, Comorbidities, Co-existing Conditions, and Differential Diagnoses : 215-228,2014.

Smith KA, Kawut S.: Is resistance futile? Hemodynamics in sickle cell disease American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 187 (8): 790-792,2013.

Smith KA, Waxman A: Pulmonary Hypertension in the Elderly Aging and Lung Disease: A Clinical Guide : 111-132,2011.

V. Prasanna, A. Raina, J. Arkles, A. Opotowsky, S. Kawut, A. Smith, P. Forfia: Echo-Doppler Scoring System Identifies 'Proportionate' And 'Disproportionate' Pulmonary Hypertension In Patients With Chronic Left Heart Disease And Respiratory Disease American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 183 : A2294,2011.

KA Smith, S-J Lee, T Dolinay, J Howrylak, AMK Choi: Identification Of Novel Molecular Targets By Gene Expression Profiling in Autophagy Protein LC3b Deficient Mice In Hypoxia-induced Pulmonary Hypertension Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 181 : A6319,2010.

Stefan W. Ryter, Seon-Jin Lee, Akaya Smith, Augustine M.K. Choi: Autophagy in Vascular Disease Proc Am Thorac Soc 7 (1): 40-47,2010.

Zhi-Hua Chen, Kerri A. Smith, Hong Pyo Kim, Stefan W. Ryter, and Augustine M.K. Choi: Regulation Of Cellular Autophagy By Heme And Iron Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 181 : A4179,2010.

Academic Contact Info

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
834 West Gates Building
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4202
Fax: (215) 614-0869
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)