• Nurse Innovator. Philly enthusiast. STEAM geek. Resuscitation researcher. Storyteller.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Health Influencer 2019. PHL Geek of the Year 2017.

     

    Interests: Innovation & Design Thinking, Social Media, Philanthropy, Scicomm.

    Changing the world locally & beyond. #AmplifyNursing

  • Research

    • Innovation related to: Resuscitation, Cardiac Arrest, CPR Quality, Post-Cardiac Arrest Care  
    • International Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
    • A member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Nursing subcommittee
    • A member of the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science subcommittee
    • Co-Director, Women in Resuscitation Event, AHA ReSS (2015 - 2017)
    • Participated in the 2010 and 2015 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Guidelines
    • Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
    • A member of the Citizen CPR Foundation program committee and outreach committee
    • Full member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania

    Publications here 

    Bio

    Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation for the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. Her work focuses on using innovation and design thinking to improve health and healthcare. Previously she was the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania and an Instructor in the Penn Master of Public Health program.

     

    Ms. Leary has also been a consultant with the Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives.

     

    Ms. Leary completed her master's degree in nursing at Penn, in health leadership and a master's degree in public health at Penn. Ms. Leary is currently a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing focusing on innovation and technology.

     

    Ms. Leary is the founder of ImmERge Labs, LLC (2016-2018), using augmented and virtual reality platforms to reimagine how we prepare for emergencies. ImmERge Labs was the winner of the 2017 University of Pennsylvania's AppItUP competition and was accepted into the Science Center's 2017 Digital Health Accelerator.

    Previously

    Ms. Leary was a contributor to the Huffington Post and was the host of STEAMrollrs, a segment of the STEM Everyday Podcast featuring women who are paving the way in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). She was also on the planning committee for Start Talking Science a free public event increase the public awareness of — and interest in — cutting-edge, local research. She was also on the planning committee for the March for Science PHL 2017 and 2018.

     

    Ms. Leary and her team from ImmERge Labs placed first at the University of Pennsylvania AppItUP 2017 competition. Read more about ImmERge Labs here. Ms. Leary and her team also won the 2016 Northeastern Nurse Innovation Hackathon and was on the planning committee as well as a mentor & speaker for the 2017 event.

     

    Ms. Leary was the co-Director of the Hypothermia and Resuscitation (HART) Institute at Penn.

     

    Ms. Leary founded Sink or Swim Philadelphia (2011-2015), a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission was to assist people who were uninsured or underinsured raise funds to pay for medical expenses using social media and medical crowd-funding.

     

    Ms. Leary was also a co-founder of Resuscor, LLC (2012-2015) a Penn UPstart company focusing on cardiac arrest and resuscitation science medical education, innovation and technology.

  • Podcast

    STEAMrollrs: Featuring women who are paving the way in 

    science, technology, engineering, art & math (STEAM)

    Season 1

    Dr. Merchant's is the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab. Her research focuses on innovation diffusion, social media, and resuscitation science. Her work involves development and testing of health related mobile apps.

    Setsu Shgematsu, Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at University of California, Riverside and creator of the childrens’ book series Guardian Princesses; she is joined by Pavita Singh, Director of Outreach.

    Dr. Laurie Morrison is an emergency physician and resuscitation scientist who conducts research in topics pertaining to acute coronary syndrome and resuscitation at St. Michael's Hospital in Canada through the Rescu program

    Dr. Julie Fairman, Nightingale Professor of Nursing and Director Emerita, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, discusses the history of nursing science.

    Dr. Michelle Johnson, director at the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is Marion Leary’s guest today.

    Yasmine Mustafa is fueled by a passion to empower women in all areas of life, thus she founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop and her newest company ROAR for Good. Join Marion Leary as she interviews another great woman in STEAM who is choosing her own path in life.

    Join Marion Leary as she visits with Ana Kay Yaghoubian from the American Association of University Women, as she addresses disturbing statistics of gender bias in the workplace and other interesting facts about STEM.

    Join guest host Marion Leary, as she visits with Lindsay Mullen, an enginEAR from Walt Disney World. We are familiar with the artistic side of Disney, but most of us don’t realize how deeply rooted the STEM fields are in Disney. STEM is the hidden magic of Disney.

    STEM Everyday’s guest host, Marion Leary, has once again produced an outstanding podcast with Juliana Reyes of Techinical.ly Philly. Juliana has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012 and is a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner.

     

    In this special episode Marion Leary visits with Steph Evans a systems engineer and rocket scientist advocating for women in the STEM fields and hosting the youtube channel

    #TheSTEMulus

    Join Marion Leary to hear how Astronaut Abby is using the STEM field to enable her dream of going to ‘Mars’ become a reality. #MarsGeneration

    In this episode Marion Leary interviews Wogrammer's Erin Summers & Zainab Ghadiyali, who are highlighting amazing women engineers and breaking stereotypes one story at a time.

  • Blog

    Huffington Post ~ Geekadelphia ~ Medium ~ Social Innovation Journal ~ Generocity

    As a researcher myself, I believe they asked the wrong question. I don't think having a kid ruined my life, on the contrary, I am a better person because of my daughter;

    The holidays are fully upon us and we would all do well to remember the power of kindness this holiday season. That is what the holidays are about, that is what I want to build my kid’s holiday memories on, and that is what will make all hearts grow 3 sizes.

    It’s hard to write your own story, your truth, when you can’t remember it. Close to 20 years ago, I had three concussions over a very short period of time, during a period of time when treatment for concussions went a little like this: “Shake it off and get back in there!”.

    Philadelphia is home to the city’s open intake shelter, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) — though I’d argue the care is used quite liberally in this context - and also one of ACCT’s “rescue partners”, the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA). For those who have never stepped foot into an inner city animal shelter, it’s an awful place — for the people and for the animals. Which is why it is vital to foster and adopt — not buy!

    The hope in the beginning of this experiment, when we declared our independence from another oppressor, was that if a strong enough foundation was laid, it would create a great nation. And though it has sustained us for over 240 years, we have yet to be that great nation to the many diverse populous who live here.

    “Feel the fear and do it anyway”, that has been my motto my entire adult life, ever since I began having allergic reactions and anxiety attacks. I have a superhero complex and like to think myself invincible, but my immune system states otherwise. My kryptonite comes in the form of shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab etc).

    Last month the website Professor Watchlist, created by Turning Point USA, began capturing the identities of professors who teach at academic institutions, allowing students to report professors who “advance a radical agenda". To better understand the demographics of those being reported, we performed a descriptive analysis of the publicly available data.

     

    Our country over its 240 year history has moved at glacier speeds toward justice, with an irreconcilably slow march toward greatness, mixed with more hate than great. Slowly, steadily, though, greatness has tried to prevail over the centuries, with the freeing of slaves after the civil war, women gaining the right to vote, marriage equality etc…greatness has marched on.

    While I was in the planning stages of Sink or Swim I met with an acquaintance who had been running a fairly successful non-profit for many years. Her first words to me were, and I quote, “Don’t do it, it will ruin your life!...boy was she ever right!”

    The death of a family pet is difficult, especially when you have to make the awful decision to put your pet down. When the time came for my family to make that decision last month, I was not expecting it to be as difficult for me as it was

    Ahh summer! A magical time when parents get a well-needed break from their children, and children from their parents. Or so I have heard.

    Like many other research groups, my colleagues and I spend an enormous amount of our time writing grants that will more than likely never get funded. Not because they are poorly written, or poorly conceived, or unnecessary, but because the federal government only funds approximately 16% of grants submitted each cycle.

    Communicating science is of the utmost importance on a basic, fundamental level. A recent study...found that most Americans can answer basic science questions, but go beyond the basic, and most are stumped.

    Death will not escape us, any of us. Though it seems that death has a fond proclivity for me, it has followed me throughout my life thus far. Case-in-point, I started writing this from a room in a hospice center watching as my father-in-law took some of what were his last breaths.

    Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth...

    I told her these things, and many others, so that she would learn them from me and not from her friends or other unreliable, seedy sources. I continue to tell her things like these because if I want her to talk to me, I also have to be willing to talk to her — it is a reciprocal relationship.

    In a country where anything is possible, a veritable land of milk and honey, the election of a ruler is an important process, not just because that person will end up as the President of the United States, but because it clearly shows us the thought process and beliefs of our fellow citizens.

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24, and those who are bullied are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than those who are not. That's why it's so important for them to hear that it gets better. It is hard to believe that through the haze of depression, sadness and loneliness, but it does.

    Science supports the fact that it is up to you, the community bystander, to be the difference between life and death, and here is how we know this...data!

    Philly is the underdog city, we are scrappy, we never give up, and we have heart.

    This was not a vacation for the faint of heart, this was a vacation of extremes ...

    I am an agnostic scientist who happens to also be fascinated with the world's religions, especially the Abrahamic religions -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

    Education is a right, but it can also be a privilege for some, because unfortunately not everyone has equal access to it. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to have it, you should embrace it, appreciate it, and take it all in, for all it's worth. 

    I also talk to a lot of cardiac arrest survivors, and the one thing they all have in common -- other than being alive -- is that someone stepped up and performed CPR.

    My advice to those kids, and to all kids, is to keep thinking outside the box, think up, and work on, solutions that seem unconventional.

    With CPR so visible in everyday life, surely everyone must know how important it is to be trained in this lifesaving skill, right?

    The intersection of science and religion can sometimes be a controversial topic, rife with tension, but a new book, “The Truth about Science and Religion: From the Big Bang to Neuroscience” seeks to find a balance between the two. Written by Fraser Fleming, Phd, Head of the Chemistry Department at Drexel’s College of Arts and Science.

    STEMcityPHL, a civic initiative through US2020 PHL, which is a program developed from the US2020 White House call for action to develop 1 million STEM mentors by the year 2020, is holding a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) STEM pilot program in June. The program will connect LGBTQ STEM mentors with LGBTQ youth.

    Once again, in a the city that boasts a long list of firsts, Philadelphia will host the 6th annual Philadelphia Science Festival on April 22nd through April 30th.

    Comic Book Junto is a podcast where Newman and Teterus hold conversations about, and share their love of, geek culture. Comic Book Junto is a passionate podcast about everything because [they] are passionate about everything.

    If you have a story to tell, PhillyCAM can help you make it a reality. PhillyCAM is the organization that runs Philadelphia’s public access television station (Comcast 66/966 and Verizon 29/30), and soon they will be venturing into radio, on FM 106.5.

    The Social Innovation Lab understands that nursing will play a crucial role in addressing and creating these simple solutions to key healthcare gaps in our City. The goal of the Social Innovation Lab is not to teach people what to think...“but it teaches people how to think."

    Podcasting offers some of the most enjoyable listening experiences around and it is becoming a booming industry nationwide. And Philly is no exception, home to a number of fantastic podcasts.

    TEDx is a speakers event whose mission is to share ideas worth spreading to communities around the globe. On April 10th, TEDxPenn comes to the University of Pennsylvania and will feature 12 speakers ranging from researchers to artists.

    Do you listen to locally grown podcasts? Are you a local Philly podcaster? If so, then you will want to check out The Philadelphia Podcasting Society's next meetup event.

    In the 3.5 months of summer break from my #PhD program I have felt more human than I had in the 8 months of the Fall & Spring semesters combined. I am reinvigorated knowing I have taken full advantage of everything my summer of 2019 had to offer. So, here's a recap of my wonderful summer phun.

    My interest in space — and adulation of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — began 30 years ago when I visited Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex for the first time as an 8 year old with my family.

    What I would like people to understand, what I need people to understand, what I implore people to understand is this, for people with food allergies, every…single…minute of every…single…day is like a ticking time bomb.

    I usually write about my big life experiences and transitions, but I don’t feel like any words can capture my last 11.5 years with the Center. So instead, I will let these photos speak for themselves.

    I did it. After years of talking about it, debating it, and pondering its need, I finally bit the bullet and began a doctoral program this fall. To be honest, I was not really sure I wanted to do it— I had done my research and I had been told, nay warned, and even more so encouraged by some to reconsider my decision.

    Its #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, and it was my first time getting a mammogram! I wasn't really worried about the potential for breast cancer, as the odds were in my favor. It didn't go exactly as I had planned though, but it is "probably nothing".

    Lets face it, marriage years, like dog years, do not equate to just one. Being in love is what brought us together all of those years ago, but it is not what keeps us together today. What keeps us together is love, just love. Love of and for each other, and love of the life we have created together, and love of what is to come.

    So this week, and every week of football season and beyond, please take the time to learn these life-saving skills. Because, when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs, you all the victim’s got and you all they need!

    Innovation, a buzz word in health and healthcare today, is central to both academic research and design thinking. As someone who is now working in both areas, I can’t help but think that they can at times be quite similar, and yet can also be diametrically opposed fields.

    I have what I like to call a superhero complex! I believe that I have certain superpowers that most other people do not and even if you don’t have superpowers, if you have science you can still save the world.

    I have written once before about being a foster home for rescue dogs. It is incredibly rewarding but so very emotionally draining. So please, when you see me posting cute pictures of our foster dog snuggling with my family on social media don’t respond with “you’re keeping her right?”

    Tomorrow is my 40th birthday! As I reflect on those 40 years — 14,600 days — I have done so many things I could have never imagined when I was little. Here are the top 40 things that I remember fondly and am grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to.

    At a conf last wk I was charged w/ managing all of the tweeting & blogging, I presented my work on #virtualreality, & moderated the #innovation session. Taken together, one would think I had the heir of young & hip to those around me — one would be wrong!

    In Philadelphia, a city I love an inordinate amount at times, we have an event unlike any other — the Philly Geek Awards!

    As an academic researcher submitting federal grants you know the timeline is long, really long; from submission…to review…to funding… can be close to 10 months. The worst part though, if the grant is not ultimately funded, which most grants will not be, you have to wait until the next cycle, which could be an additional 2–3 months away, and then start that 10 month process of waiting all over again.

     

    It has been a mere 2-months since the inauguration of the 45th President of these United States…where to begin. A lot of people in this country are afraid. If you don’t know that yet, then you are one of the few privileged folks who probably have nothing to worry about. I pledge to do the following 10 actions and I urge you to do the same.

    I have been a resuscitation science researcher for close to 10 years. In that time I have been asked that eternal academy question: “when are you getting your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)?”, more times than I can count.

    No one really knows what a new year will hold for them, and 2016 was a hard year for almost everyone! But 2016 was the year I found my love of science communication! For a science geek who loves nothing more than talking about science, #scicomm allowed me to take my passion for all things science and combine it with my obsession with social media, to spread the good word to all of you! You are welcome!

    People ask me all the time, “what do you do?”, and for reasons unknown, I never really know what to say to them. My job sounds interesting to me. Just like many people I know and respect, working jobs that sound important and fascinating. So as an experiment, I decided to list out for one week, what I do on the daily, and in some cases, why.

    I would encourage people to take a moment to consider the intentions of what others say, do, and post, and not take personally what they do not say, do not do, or do not post. There are so many people throughout the world, in every corner, intentionally hurting others in a plethora of ways, we need to support the people taking a stand for anyone, whether or not it be everyone.

    Social Innovation Journal

    Improving survival from SCA is a significant public health concern; It will take innovative thinking and disruption of the status quo to foster new ideas that will not only improve SCA outcomes overall, but also decrease disparities in the care received.

    Generocity

    We cannot let the science deniers dictate the messaging. We cannot stay silent, because if we do everyone loses — not just the scientific community.

  • Interviews

    Interviews with, and performances by, Marion Leary

    Notable Nurses

    These nurses are shattering nursing stereotypes in their spheres of practice. We recognize them as Nurses On Purpose!

    Virtual reality might help solve the problem.

    On September 29th a medical researcher in Philadelphia fired off a simple, well-meaning tweet, and then barely thought twice about it. Little did she know that by doing that, she was perpetrating covert propaganda on behalf of the U.S. government. Ira explains.

    No one makes it out of this world alive. From tales of reckless funerals to spreading cremains in unusual places, these storytellers face mortality in heartfelt and surprising ways.

    It took me a really long time to come into my own and find my geek-ness, and being Geek of the Year in a city I love, chosen by a group of people I admire, makes it all so much better.

    The only thing you can be certain about in life is death. Or is it? Merriam-Webster defines death as "a permanent cessation of all vital functions."

    Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC

    Melissa began today’s “Foot Soldiers” segment with a fable about a starfish, meant to illustrate the power of doing even a little bit to make a difference – even when the difference you’re making appears to some as too small to bother. Marion Leary has known that power well, since she launched the website for her non-profit organization, Sink or Swim Philadelphia.

    Talking resuscitation research and virtual reality CPR training in this episode of Nursing Notes Live with nurse innovator Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA.

    I have what I like to call a superhero complex! I believe that I have certain superpowers that most other people do not and even if you don’t have superpowers, if you have science you can still save the world.

    In SciComm episode 43, I am joined by Marion Leary. Marion is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania and the Innovation Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

    Russell’s second set of guests are twins Marion and Jennifer Leary. Marion is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and Jennifer is a former firefighter and Founder of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.

    Long Story Short: Improve inspired by true life. Watch as Marion Leary performs stories written for the Huffington Post.

    One startup founder faced the very problem her company is trying to solve.

    ImmERge Labs cofounder Marion Leary was walking home from the Philadelphia Eagles parade last Thursday, amid a city overcome with joy when, suddenly, she bumped into the very problem her startup is trying to fix.

    Today Chris welcomes the 2017 Philly Geek of the Year Marion Leary to the show. Think the name Marion Leary sounds familiar? Marion has also guest hosted some special segments right here on the STEM Everyday podcast entitled StEAMrollrs. Marion is also the founder of ImmERge Labs, using augmented and virtual reality platforms to reimagine how we prepare for emergencies.

    Meet Marion Leary, a resuscitation scientist passionate about saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest by integrating technology and digital strategies!

    Marion Leary is interviewed by her daughter for Huffington Post's #TalkToMe Campaign. Authentic conversations between parents and children.

    Marion Leary is an active, vocal champion of initiatives for science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). She’s a Philly resident and is very busy around town, with efforts including startups, nonprofits, and the Start Talking Science event series.

    Chris Woods leads a great conversation with two special individuals working in STEM fields. Marion Leary and Christina Love, share their passion of making STEM available to all individuals.

    ImmERge Pitch (Placed 3rd)

    ImmERge is a Virtual Reality Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) training system, which will change the paradigm of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and improve bystander response and outcomes from SCA.

    TeleCode Pitch (Placed 1st)

    TeleCode is a solution to improve in-hospital cardiac arrest by connecting worldclass resuscitation experts with healthcare providers at the point of care, at the moment of need via a telemedical device.

  • Volunteer

    "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

    STEM/STEAM

    Co-organizer; Board Member; Social Media & Outreach: 2016-2018

    The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

    Program Committee: 2014-2018

    Start Talking Science (STS) is a free public event where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) researchers present non-technical posters to the community. We hope to increase public awareness of - and interest in - cutting-edge research taking place in Philadelphia in order to make STEM more accessible. #STEAM

     

    Other

    HEALTHCARE/COMMUNITY

    Founding Member (2019-Present)

    Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovator, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders.

    Emergency Cardiovascular Care Innovation Sub-Committee (2019-Present); Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee (2014-2018)

    Working on a national level to advance the science around cardiac arrest and resuscitation science. #learnCPR

    Disaster Health Nurse: 2008-2016

    Providing first aid treatment for injuries, monitor the well-being of people staying in Red Cross shelters, and replace prescription medications during emergencies and natural disasters. #emergencyprepardness

    Board Member; Communications Committee Chair: 2015-2017

    An advocacy organization which builds political power for the Philadelphia area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community through involvement within the Democratic Party. 

  • Social Media