Mission Statement

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (FAPD) works with the leadership, faculty and administrators of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Health System to support an overarching goal of PENN Medicine - the implementation of the highest standards of excellence in academic medicine.  The mission of FAPD is to support this goal by facilitating the recruitment and appointment, promotion, and retention of distinguished faculty. Read more

Recently Promoted Faculty

Rachel Rapaport Kelz, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine

In a short period of time, Dr. Kelz has emerged as a national leader in clinical outcomes research and education innovation. Her research focuses on identification of modifiable causes of variability in surgical cost and outcomes to improve surgical quality and reduce disparities. She also focuses on the development of innovative approaches to surgical education. She received the HUP Patient Advocate Award in 2008 and the Health System Health Care Hero award multiple times based on her delivery of patient centered care. She makes significant teaching contributions within Penn and nationally. She served as Director of the surgery clerkship from 2007 through 2013 and is currently Associate Program Director for the general surgery residency program, Director of the Center for Surgery and Health Economics in the department of surgery, and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for her department. In 2011, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.