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Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD
Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE
Director of Research, Division of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Balamuth is a key institutional leader in pediatric sepsis and a rising national leader in pediatric sepsis recognition and care.



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Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and an attending physician in the emergency department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Balamuth’s research interests focus on pediatric sepsis recognition using both epidemiologic and translational approaches, for which she has received both NIH and foundational funding. She is the co-PI of the PROMPT BOLUS trial, a multinational pragmatic trial which compares saline vs balanced fluids in pediatric sepsis, and will be the largest acute care pediatric trial in history. In addition, she co-leads the CHOP Pediatric Sepsis Program, which supports and promotes local clinical, research, educational, and quality improvement initiatives around sepsis. She is an internationally recognized sepsis leader, and has been invited to serve on the national steering committee for the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes quality collaborative through the US Children’s Hospital Association, and 2 international task forces focused on defining pediatric sepsis through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Education and Training

PhD, Yale University (Immunobiology), 2003

MD, Yale University, 2005

MS, University of Pennsylvania (Clinical Epidemiology), 2014

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Emergency Medicine), 2012

Titles and Academic Titles

Director of Research, Emergency Medicine

Co-Director, Pediatric Sepsis Program

Attending Physician

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008

Pediatric Academic Societies, 2008

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 2012

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Links of Interest