We were all saddened by the death last month of Dr. John Mikuta, one of the Medical School's most distinguished faculty. Deborah Driscoll's note to the faculty below provides documentation of the many contributions that John made to Penn over many years. We especially remember him as the first President of ASEF. The organizing committee of ASEF felt that we needed a highly visible and respected leader to start things off. He served admirably in this role, and continued to participate as Past-President, advisor, and colleague in the following years. Ultimately, we missed him when he became somewhat frail and was no longer able to participate actively. He and his wife Margaret were living at Medford Leas in south Jersey and a bit too far away to travel to our meetings. He will be sorely missed.
From Deborah Driscoll, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology:
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our beloved colleague, teacher, mentor and friend, Dr. John J. Mikuta, the Franklin Payne Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology passed away peacefully this morning. He served as chief of Penn's Division of Gynecologic Oncology for 30 years and was considered one of the founding fathers of gynecologic oncology. He had a distinguished career and was highly regarded by his patients, trainees, colleagues and staff for his compassion empathy, and integrity. Dr. Mikuta was committed to improving the lives of women with gynecologic malignancies. He held major national positions including President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and Assistant Secretary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Mikuta helped shape the careers of many gynecologic oncologists, residents and medical students. An endowed scholarship was created in his honor that provides Penn medical students with tuition support. His former oncology fellows established the honorary John J. Mikuta Society in 1984, a tribute to their mentor. In 2008 the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology established the John J. Mikuta Award for Professionalism in Women's Health and in 2010 the John J. Mikuta, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Gynecologic Oncology.
A devoted alumna of Penn, Dr. Mikuta served as chair of the Medical Class of 1948, received the Alumni Service award in 1994 and the Penn Medicine Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He also served as President of the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of School of Medicine. Dr. Mikuta received numerous awards and honors during his lifetime including the J. Robert Wilson Award from the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, the Jonathan Wainwright Award for Excellence in Cancer Research, and the Robert A. Ross Navy Award in addition to the St. George Medal, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society.
Obituary for Dr. Mikuta in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Obituary for Dr. Mikuta in the Daily Pennsylvanian
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be sent to:
The John J. and Margaret Mikuta Scholarship Fund
c/o Penn Medicine
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
A memorial gift can also be made online