Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (ASEF-PSOM) serves to enhance the careers of the emeritus faculty by encouraging them to remain a part of the community of scholars in the School of Medicine. The Association also serves to support the senior faculty by raising awareness of the full range of retirement options available to them, whether they are planning to retire within two years or two decades.



Sue Kramer, MD

ASEF-PSOM President, 2016-17

ASEF-PSOM 2015-16 Programs




Alfred G. Knudson, Jr, MD, PhD

Alfred Knudson, 93, the husband of former ASEF president Anna Meadows, died July 10, 2016 after a long illness. Dr Knudson, an internationally known oncologist and scientist working since1976 at Fox Chase Cancer Center, made major contributions to the field of cancer genetics. He was best known for his ground-breaking "two-hit theory" on the origins of cancer: it takes two mutations to a gene for cancer to develop, the first one often hereditary and the second might be due to chemical exposure, radiation, etc. It helped to explain the relationship between hereditary and non-hereditary forms of cancer and predicted the existence of tumor-suppressor genes.

In the process of a long and productive career, Dr Knudson won many honorary doctorates and prestigious awards, including the Lasker Medical Research Award and the Kyoto Prize.

Anna Meadows herself has had a long and illustrious career at CHOP and UPenn as an international leader in the study of childhood cancer and late complications following tumor therapy.

A Memorial Service for Dr Alfred Knudson will be held at 11 AM on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

For additional information, please refer to this link: https://www.foxchase.org/blog/remembering-alfred-knudson

Sue Kramer, MD

President, ASEF











































New Summary of Information on Retirement Communities

Howard Goldfine, Jim Saunders and Heidi George have recently assembled a set of tables providing important information for those considering the move to a retirement community. You can find this information by clicking on the Retirement Communities link under Spotlights in the right column of this web page or simply clicking here.




Medical Faculty Senate Presentation

On Wednesday, October 21st ASEF President Jeanne Myers delivered a presentation to the Medical Faculty Senate concerning ASEF's mission and current events. Here it is in case you missed it.




The Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement

We are proud to announce the release of the Ninth Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement, ASEF's annually revised handbook highlighting the policy and process governing the transition from full-time faculty to emeritus.

Please refer to the official release notes for a review of the updates to this year's edition.




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