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Laura Vearrier

Laura Vearrier, MD, DBioethics

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Medicine

Specialties: Emergency Medicine


  • DBioethics - Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • MD - Jefferson Medical College
  • BA in Molecular Biology - Princeton University

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Academy for Professionalism in Health Care
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • American College of Emergency Physicians

Laura Vearrier, MD, is board certified in emergency medicine. She sees patients in Center City Philadelphia. At Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Vearrier served on the Ethics Committee and at Drexel University College of Medicine she serves on the Committee for Program Improvement for the Emergency Medicine Residency.

Dr. Vearrier earned her bachelor of arts degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and her doctor of medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Vearrier received a doctoral degree in bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

Clinical Services

Bioethics, Health care utilization, Harm reduction, End of life care, Patient autonomy


  • Emergency Medicine - Drexel University College of Medicine


  • Emergency Medicine - Drexel University College of Medicine

Laura Vearrier, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is active in both undergraduate and graduate medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. At the undergraduate level, she serves as a course facilitator for the Physician and Patient course and the Professional Formation course. She has developed educational modules on bioethical concepts and issues for undergraduate courses. At the graduate medical education level, Dr. Vearrier is active in both didactic and bedside teaching of emergency medicine residents and serves as a mentor. She is the founder and director of the Women in Emergency Medicine Interest Group.


Dr. Vearrier’s research interests include end-of-life ethical issues, the intersection of bioethics and emergency medicine, and health care overutilization. She is currently studying the effects of nurse-directed ultrasound-guided intravenous cannulation on patient satisfaction and emergency department efficiency.


Recent Selected Publications

"A feminist perspective on gender justice in the treatment of chronic pain"
Vearrier L
Archives of Medicine; 8(3):1-5, 2016

"Failure of the Current Advance Care Planning Paradigm: Advocating for a Communications-Based Approach"
Vearrier L
HEC Forum, July 8, 2016

"Issues in driving impairment"
Vearrier D, Vearrier L, McKeever R, Okaneku J, LaSala G, Goldberger D, McCloskey K
Disease-a-Month; 62(4):72-116, 2016

"The economic costs of interpersonal violence"
Vearrier L, Corbin T
Drexelmed Journal, 4(1): 45-49, 2010


"The Ubiquitous Smartphone and Professionalism"
Workshop presented at the 2016 Academy for Professionalism in Healthcare, Philadelphia, Pa., April 2016

Contact Information

Academic Office

Drexel Emergency Medicine
245 N. 15th Street
MS 1011
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.2368
Fax: 215.762.1307