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Emma Meagher/University of Pennsylvania

Emma A. Meagher, M.D., serves as professor of medicine and pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Meagher graduated cum laude with her medical doctorate degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine, cardiology, and pharmacology at Beaumont Hospital, RCSI, and The Mater Hospital, University College Dublin. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1994 with her husband, Noel Williams, MD, also a graduate of RCSI, and their four children: Cameron, Cia, Simon, and Nicole.

At Penn, Dr. Meagher’s educational interests are in the fields of translational research methodology; she designed the first degree-granting program for translational scientists nationally. Dr. Meagher’s research interest is in the development of novel therapeutics in rare cardiac disorders.

As vice dean and chief clinical research officer at Penn, and as senior associate vice provost for human research, Dr. Meagher oversees the institution’s clinical research infrastructure and its portfolio, and sets the strategy for Penn Medicine’s clinical research enterprise. As associate dean for PSOM’s master’s and certificate programs, and as director of translational research education, Dr. Meagher is responsible for the rapidly growing portfolio of professional education opportunities provided by the Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Meagher is certified as a master trainer via the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network. At Penn, she implemented a research mentor and mentee training program for investigators conducting clinical and translational science. Dr. Meagher has received recognition for her efforts in education through numerous teaching awards, including Penn’s highest teaching honor, the Lindback Award for Medical Education, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Emma is a native of Dublin, with family from Offaly and Tipperary on her father’s side and from Cavan on her mother’s. ♦