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Steven M. Kawut, MD

Steven M. Kawut, MD Physician

Director, Pulmonary Hypertension/Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program Professor of Medicine Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Dr. Kawut is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Pulmonary Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Critical Care Medicine, 2001
  • Internal Medicine, 1998
  • Pulmonary Disease, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

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: Yale University
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Chest Physicians, National American Society for Clinical Investigation, National American Thoracic Society Study Section, National American Thoracic Society, National Ancillary Studies Committee, Lung Transplant Outcomes Group, National Getting from Genes to Function in Lung Disease, NHLBI, NIH, National Infectious Disease, Reproduction, Allergy, and Pulmonary Study Section, National Institutes of Health (Ad Hoc Member), National International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, International K23/K24 Special Emphasis Panel, NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, National Levinson & Co. Leadership for Physician Executives Seminar, Boston, MA, National Life after Linkage Study Section, NHLBI, NIH, National NHLBI AIDS Working Group: Advancing HIV/AIDS Research in Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases, National NHLBI Primary Prevention of Chronic Lung Diseases Workshop, National Pulmonary Hypertension Association, National Pulmonary Hypertension Association, National Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research Study Section, National Institutes of Health (Ad Hoc Member), National Reviewer, NHLBI Biologic Specimen Repository Study Section, National Institutes of Health, National Reviewer, RC2 Study Section, National Institutes of Health, National Right Ventricular Function Task Force, World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension, National Scientific Review Committee, Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, National Workshop on Future Research Directions in Pulmonary Vascular Disease, NHLBI, National Workshop on Improving Outcomes in Pulmonary Vascular Disease, NHLBI, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kawut 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:

The focus of my research group is the role of the pulmonary vasculature and right ventricular function in health and disease. We lead or contribute to epidemiologic studies and clinical trials of pulmonary arterial hypertension, hepatopulmonary syndrome, and lung transplantation. Members of our group also focus on congenital heart disease and pulmonary vascular disease in children.

Selected Publications:

Ventetuolo CE, Praestgaard A, Palevsky HI, Klinger JR, Halpern SD, Kawut SM: Sex and hemodynamics in pulmonary arterial hypertension Eur Respir J 43 (2): 523-30,2014.

Goncharov DA, Kudryashova TV, Ziai H, Ihida-Stansbury K, DeLisser H, Krymskaya VP, Tuder RM, Kawut SM, Goncharova EA.: mTORC2 coordinates pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell metabolism, proliferation and survival in pulmonary arterial hypertension Circulation 129 (8): 864-74,2014.

Whitman I, Patel VV, Soliman EZ, Bluemke DA, Praestgaard A, Jain A, Herrington D, Lima JAC, Kawut SM: Validity of the surface electrocardiogram criteria for right ventricular hypertrophy: The MESA - Right Ventricle Study JACC (13): 5435,2014.

Smith BM, Kawut SM, Bluemke DA, Basner RC, Gomes AS, Hoffman E, Kalhan R, Lima JAC, Liu C-Y, Michos ED, Prince MR, Rabbani L, Rabinowitz D, Shimbo D, Shea S, Barr RG: Pulmonary hyperinflation and left ventricular mass: The Multi-Ethic Study of Atherosclerosis COPD Study Circulation 127 (14): 1503-11,2013.

Grau M, Graham Barr R, Lima JA, Hoffman EA, Bluemke DA, Carr JJ, Chahal H, Enright PL, Jain A, Prince MR, Kawut SM: Percent emphysema and right ventricular structure and function: The MESA Lung and MESA-RV Studies Chest 144 (1): 136-44,2013.

Fritz J, Blair C, Oudiz R, Dufton C, Olschewski H, Despain D, Gillies H, Kawut SM: Baseline and follow-up six minute walk distance and BNP predict 2-year mortalilty in pulmonary arterial hypertension Chest 143 (2): 315-23,2013.

Kawut SM, Barr RG, Lima JA, Praestgaard A, Johnson WC, Chahal H, Ogunyankin KO, Bristow MR, Kizer JR, Tandri H, Bluemke DA.: Right ventricular structure is associated with the risk of heart failure and cardiovascular death: The MESA-Right Ventricle Study Circulation 126 (14): 1681-8,2012.

Gabler NB, French B, Strom BL, Liu Z, Palevsky HI, Taichman DB, Kawut, SM, Halpern SD: Race and sex differences in response to endothelin receptor antagonists for pulmonary arterial hypertension Chest 141 (1): 20-6,2012.

Gabler NM, French B, Strom BL, Palevsky HI, Taichman DB, Kawut SM, Halpern SD: Validation of 6-minute walk distance as a surrogate end point in pulmonary arterial hypertension trials Circulation 126 (3): 349-56,2012.

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Academic Contact Info

Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Perelman School of Medicine
727 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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