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Meeta Prasad Kerlin, MD, MSCE

Meeta Prasad Kerlin, MD, MSCE Physician

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Dr. Kerlin is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Pulmonary Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2010
  • Pulmonary Disease, 2008

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Kerlin's clinical interests are primarily in critical care, including the management of respiratory failure and sepsis. She serves as attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the Critical Care Outreach and Procedure Service of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Practice Locations and Appointments

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • 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: Vanderbilt University
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Thoracic Society, International Society of Critical Care Medicine, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kerlin 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. Kerlin completed a Master of Science program in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her primary research interests have been in the intersection between medical education, organizational structure, and patient outcomes in intensive care units. Her current active projects include (1) several studies devoted to the evaluation of physician staffing models in critical care medicine, with respect to patient-centered outcomes, processes of care, physician staff outcomes, and educational outcomes, and (2) defining the role of physician factors in patient outcomes among patients with acute respiratory failure.

Selected Publications:

Kerlin MP, Adhikari NKJ, Rose L, Wilcox ME, Bellamy CJ, Costa DK, Gershengorn H, Halpern SD, Kahn JM, Lane-Fall MB, Wallace DJ, Weiss CH, Wunsch H, Cooke CR, on behalf of the ATS ad hoc committee on ICU Organization: An Official American Thoracic Society Systematic Review: The Effect of Nighttime Intensivist Staffing on Mortality and Length of Stay Among ICU Patients American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 195 (3): 2017.

Kohn R, Madden V, Kahn JM, Asch DA, Barnato AE, Halpern SD, Kerlin MP: Diffusion of evidence-based intensive care unit organizational practices: a state-wide analysis Annals of the American Thoracic Society 14 (2): 254-61,2017.

Sevransky, J.E., Checkley, W., Herrera, P., Pickering, B.W., Barr, J., Brown, S.M., Chang, S.Y., Chong, D., Kaufman, D., Fremont, R.D., Girard, T.D., Hoag, J., Johnson, S.B., Kerlin, M.P., Liebler, J., O'Brien, J., O'Keefe, T., Park, P.K., Pastores, S.M., Patil, N., Pietropaoli, A.P., Putman, M., Rice, T.W., Rotello, L., Siner, J., Sajid, S., Murphy, D.J., Martin, G.S.: Protocols and Hospital Mortality in Critically Ill Patients: The United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group Critical Illness Outcomes Study. Critical Care Medicine 43 (10): 2076-84,2015.

Jones, T.K., Fuchs, B.D., Small, D.S., Halpern, S.D., Hanish, A., Umscheid, C.A., Baillie, C.A., Kerlin, M.P., Gaieski, D.F., Mikkelsen, M.E.: Post-Acute Care Use and Hospital Readmission after Sepsis. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 12 (6): 904-13,2015.

Kerlin, M.P., Harhay, M.O., Kahn, J.M., Halpern, S.D.: Nighttime Intensivist Staffing, Mortality, and Limits on Life Support: a Retrospective Cohort Study. Chest 147 (4): 951-8,2015.

Klompas, M., Anderson, D., Trick, W., Babcock, H., Kerlin, M.P., Li, L., Sinkowitz-Cochran, R., Ely, E.W., Jernigan, J., Magill, S., Lyles, R., O'Neil, C., Kitch, B.T., Arrington, E., Balas, M.C., Kleinman, K., Bruce, C., Lankiewicz, J., Murphy, M.V., Cox, E.C., Lautenbach, E., Sexton, D., Fraser, V., Weinstein, R.A., Platt, R.: The Preventability of Ventilator-Associated Events. The CDC Prevention Epicenters Wake Up and Breathe Collaborative. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 191 (3): 292-301,2015.

Harhay, M.O., Wagner, J., Ratcliffe, S.J., Bronheim, R.S., Gopal, A., Green, S., Cooney, E., Mikkelsen, M.E., Kerlin, M.P., Small, D.S., Halpern, S.D.: Outcomes and Statistical Power in Adult Critical Care Randomized Trials. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 189 (12): 1469-1478,2014.

Kerlin, M.P., Harhay, M.O., Vranas, K.C., Cooney, E., Ratcliffe, S.J., Halpern, S.D.: Objective Factors Associated with Physicians' and Nurses' Perceptions of Intensive Care Unit Capacity Strain. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 11 (2): 167-72,2014.

Kerlin, M.P., Small, D.S., Cooney, E., Fuchs, B.D., Bellini, L.M., Mikkelsen, M.E., Schweickert, W.D., Bakhru, R.N., Gabler, N.B., Harhay, M.O., Hansen-Flaschen, J., Halpern, S.D.: A Randomized Trial of Nighttime Physician Staffing in an Intensive Care Unit. The New England Journal of Medicine 368 (23): 2201-9,2013.

Prasad, M., Holmboe, E.S., Lipner, R.S., Hess, B.J., Christie, J.D., Bellamy, S.L., Rubenfeld, G.D., Kahn, J.M.: Clinical Protocols and Trainee Knowledge About Mechanical Ventilation. The Journal of the American Medical Association 306 (9): 935-41,2011.

Academic Contact Info

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division
3600 Spruce St
W Gates Bldg, Room 05011

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 614-0627
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)