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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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Pulmonary Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2009

Clinical Expertise:

  • Activin Receptor-Like Kinase 1
  • Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Type 2
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Endoglin Mutations
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
  • Portopulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Capillary Hemangiomatosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease

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


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

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Smith 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.


Selected Publications:

Kawut SM, Pinder D, Al-Naamani N, McCormick A, Palevsky HI, Fritz J, Smith KA, Mazurek JA, Doyle MF, MacLean MR, DeMichele A, Mankoff DA: Fulvestrant for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Ann Am Thorac Soc 16 (11): 1456-1459,2019.

Bhattacharya PT, Troutman GS, Mao F, Fox AL, Tanna MS, Zamani P, Grandin EW, Menachem JN, Birati EY, Chirinos JA, Mazimba S, Smith KA, Kawut SM, Forfia PR, Vaidya A, Mazurek JA: Right ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral-to-pulmonary artery systolic pressure ratio: a non-invasive metric of pulmonary arterial compliance differs across the spectrum of pulmonary hypertension Pulmonary Circulation 9 (2): 2019.

Grayson L. Baird, Christine Archer-Chicko, R. Graham Barr, David A. Bluemke, Andrew E. Foderaro, Jason S. Fritz, Nicholas S. Hill, Steven M. Kawut, James R. Klinger, Joao A.C. Lima, Christopher J. Mullin, Pamela Ouyang, Harold I. Palevsky, Amy J. Palmisicano, Diane Pinder, Ioana R. Preston, Kari E. Roberts, K. Akaya Smith, Thomas Walsh, Mary Whittenhall, Corey E. Ventetuolo: Lower DHEA-S levels predict disease and worse outcomes in post-menopausal women with idiopathic, connective tissue disease- and congenital heart disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension European Respiratory Journal 51 (6): 2018.

Shaz Iqbal, Kerri Akaya Smith, Vandana Khungar: Hepatopulmonary Syndrome and Portopulmonary Hypertension: Implications for Liver Transplantation Clinics in Chest Medicine 38 (4): 2017.

Kawut SM, Archer-Chicko CL, DiMichele A, Fritz JS, Klinger JR, Ky B, Palevsky HI, Palmisciano AJ, Patel M, Pinder D, Propert KJ, Smith KA, Stanczyk F, Tracy R, Vaidya A, Whittenhall ME, Ventetuolo CE.: Anastrozole in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (AIPH): A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial Am J Respir Crit Care Med 195 (3): 360-368,2017.

Lea Ann Matura, PhDa, Jamison Fargo, PhDb, Jason S. Fritz, MDc, Kerri A. Smith, MDc, Anjali Vaidya, MDd, Diane Pinder, BSc, Christine Archer-Chicko, MSN, CRNPc, Harold I. Palevsky, MDc, Allan I. Pack, MBChB, PhDe, , Marilyn S. Sommers, PhDa, Steven M. Kawut, MD, MSf: Slow-Paced Respiration Therapy to Treat Sleep Disturbance and Symptoms in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care 46 (1): 2017.

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 150 (1): 46-56,2016.

Jason S. Fritz, MD; K. Akaya Smith, MD: The Pulmonary Hypertension Consult: Clinical and Coding Considerations Chest 150 (3): 705-713,2016.

Chatterjee S, Weinberg I, Yeh RW, Chakraborty A, Sardar P, Weinberg MD, Kabrhel C, Barnes GD, Mukherjee D, Kumbhani D, Bashir R, Vaidya A, Smith A, Fuchs B, Groeneveld P, Giri J.: Risk factors for intracranial haemorrhage in patients with pulmonary embolism treated with thrombolytic therapy Development of the PE-CH Score Thrombosis and Haemostasis 117 (2): 246,2016.

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.

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) 662-3202
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)