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Dr. Balamuth is a key institutional leader in pediatric sepsis and a rising national leader in pediatric sepsis recognition and care.
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
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008
Pediatric Academic Societies, 2008
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 2012