Dr Lara Varpio

Lara Varpio


Dr Lara Varpio is a KI PRIME Fellow and host of The PAPERs Podcast. She is a professor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania

About me

Dr. Varpio is a professor at the Childen's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in qualitative research methods and methodologies, and in theories from the social sciences and humanities. Her research has won national and international awards.

She has given invited talks at hospitals and medical schools around the world, and she has led invited sessions and given plenaries at some of the largest and most respected academic medicine conferences in the world.

Dr. Varpio completed her PhD in 2007 at the University of Waterloo, Canada in collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Research in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her award-winning PhD research investigated the impact of Electronic Health Records on medical trainee socialization.

Dr. Varpio spent the first 6 years of her career with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada and the Academy for Innovation in Medical Education. Then, in 2013, Dr. Varpio moved to Washington DC, USA to work with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, serving there until 2022. Dr. Varpio speaks in English, French, and Swedish, and she has lived in Canada, Sweden, and the United States of America. In her free time, she enjoys singing, spinning, and spending time with her husband, two sons, and dog