- Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
- Chief, Emergency Services, University of Pennsylvania Health System
- Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
- Brown University, B.S. (Biochemistry)
- University of Pittsburgh, M.D
- University of Pennsylvania, Master of Bioethics
Dr. Baren is Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Chief of Emergency Services at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Baren is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and maintains an active clinical practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Baren recently served as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Board, and Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She currently serves as the Chair of the Human Research Advisory Committee for the Vice-Provost for Research at Penn. She has served on the Ethics Committees at both Penn and CHOP.
Dr. Baren completed a Master of Bioethics degree at Penn in 2004 and has taught Clinical Ethics in the Master of Bioethics degree program. She is a national expert on the federal regulations which govern emergency research using an Exception from Informed Consent in clinical trials. She has served as a consultant and on expert advisory panels for NICHD, NHLBI, NINDS, and the Office of Emergency Care Research at NIGMS, and as an invited speaker at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the topics of informed consent, emergency research in children, and the use of central IRBs for emergency research. She co-chaired a consensus conference on the Ethical Conduct of Resuscitation Research for the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. She has also consulted with private industry and the NIH in the area of research ethics and serves on multiple Data and Safety Monitoring boards as bioethicist and clinical trialist.
Dr. Baren is the principal investigator of the NINDS funded Greater Philadelphia Southern New Jersey Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trial Network, a consortium of 14 hospitals that participate in Phase 3 acute neurological emergency clinical trials. She served as the principal investigator of an NICHD funded trial of status epilepticus in children which was the first exclusive pediatric study to enroll under the emergency Exception from Informed Consent.