Kelly C. Vranas, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine


Dr. Vranas is from originally from Eugene, OR. She attended Santa Clara University for her undergraduate studies, and received her medical degree from Cornell University. She completed internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania, then spent two years working as an ICU hospitalist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center before beginning her Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Dr. Vranas joined the Clinical Excellence Research Center, where she studied innovative methods to improve the quality and efficiency of critical care. She then completed her fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and has since joined the faculty in OHSU’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Her research is focused on understanding how organizational factors and processes of care influence the outcomes of critically ill patients. She hopes to use insights gained from her research to improve the value of intensive care for patients with critical illness.

Education and training

    • M.D., 2008, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Internship

    • University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency

    • University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship

    • Stanford University
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
    • American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
    • American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care

Memberships and associations:

  • American Thoracic Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science
  • Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center

Areas of interest

  • Understanding the how hospital and intensive care unit organizational factors and processes of care affect outcomes of critically ill patients.
  • Studying mechanisms to improve end-of-life care for patients with chronic serious illness.

Honors and awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Halpern, SD, Loewenstein G, Volpp KG, Cooney E, Vranas K, Quill C, Mckenzie M, Harhay MO, Gabler NB, Silva T, Metzger S, Arnold R, Angus DC, Bryce C.  Default options in advance directives influence how patients set goals for end-of-life care. Health Affairs 2013;32:408-417.
  • Kerlin MP, Harhay MO, Vranas K, Ratcliffe SJ, Cooney E, Halpern SD.  Objective factors associated with physicians’ and nurses’ perceptions of intensive care unit capacity strain. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Feb;11(2): 167-72.
  • Vranas K, Kerlin MP. ICU physician workflow: Inside the balloon. (Editorial). Crit Care Med 2016 Aug;44(8):1607-8.
  • Chiou H, Jopling J, Scott JY, Ramsey M, Vranas KC, et al. The Stanford CERC ICU Working Group. Detecting organisational innovations leading to improved ICU outcomes: a protocol for a double-blinded national positive deviance study of critical care delivery. BMJ Open 2017 Jun 14;7(6):e015930.
  • Vranas KC, Jopling J, Sweeney T, Ramsey M, Milstein A, Slatore CG, Escobar G, Liu V. Identifying distinct subgroups of intensive care unit patients: a machine learning approach. Crit Care Med 2017 Oct;45(10):1607-1615.
  • Vranas KC, Jopling J, Scott JY, Badawi O, Harhay MO, Ramsey MC, Slatore CG, Breslow M, Milstein AS, Kerlin MP. The Association of ICU Acuity with Outcomes of ICU Patients at Low Risk of Dying. Crit Care Med 2018 Mar;46(3):347-353.
  • Vranas KC, Slatore CG, Kerlin MP. ICU Telemedicine: Current State and Future Directions. In press.


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