Lunchtime Seminar Series


FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:

  • women's health research
  • professional development for academic physicians
  • current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)

This interactive one-hour format provides School of Medicine faculty with diverse perspectives on a variety of medical and career development topics; offers opportunities for faculty presentations to Penn colleagues from multiple departments and with various areas of academic expertise; and promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is popular and well-attended by men and women faculty.

Afaf and facultySessions on women's health research are presented by multidisciplinary speakers with expertise in a variety of women's health issues including, e.g., breast cancer, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The portion of the Series devoted to professional development includes such topics as time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, managing a laboratory, balancing work and family, presentation skills, financial planning, mentoring, writing for publication, and "promotion 101." Finally, a host of timely, controversial medical topics are presented in what is essentially a "Grand Rounds" for the Medical School. These sessions include such topics as concerns about the avian flu epidemic; the complexities of coping with medical malpractice; how to reduce the number of uninsured while balancing cost issues; the effects of sleep deficit; and autism spectrum disorder, to list a few.

Presenters generally include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from other Schools across the University. Speakers may include anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers, all of whom offer fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.

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2017 - 2018 Current Seminar Series

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*Note: FOCUS is in the process of planning additional presentations for the Seminar Series so please check here for updates.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 (Thursday)
, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, NOTE NEW LOCATION: Smilow Rubenstein Auditorium, 1st floor, Smilow Center for Translational Research Bldg.,  3400 Civic Center Blvd.

Special Event Reserved for Women Faculty


Minnie Joycelyn Elders, MD

15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993 – 1994)

Antonia C. Novello, MD, MPH, DrPH
14th Surgeon General of the United States (1990 – 1993)

Leadership Over the Career-Span: A Conversation with Dr. Antonia C. Novello and Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, the 14th and 15th Surgeons General of the United States

Join fellow women faculty for an informal conversation over lunch with Drs. Novello and Elders as they share their leadership journey over the course of their long careers in medicine and public service. How did they decide to embrace major leadership responsibilities? What was thrilling and what was challenging? How did they deal with setbacks while maintaining their vision and confidence to move forward? What advice would they give to women faculty at all stages of career about seeking leadership and/or finding your best professional outlet? How does one avoid burnout? How does one continue to find leadership opportunities as one enters the later stages of career?



Joycelyn Elders
was born Minnie Lee Jones in Schaal, Arkansas on August 13, 1933. In college, she changed her name to Minnie Joycelyn Lee (later using just Joycelyn). In 1952, she received her B.A. in biology from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. After working as a nurse's aid in a Veterans Administration hospital in Milwaukee for a period, she joined the Army in May, 1953. During her 3 years in the Army, she was trained as a physical therapist. She then attended the University of Arkansas Medical School, where she obtained her M.D. degree in 1960. After completing an internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and a residency in pediatrics at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, Elders earned an M.S. in Biochemistry in 1967. Elders then received a National Institutes of Health career development award, also serving as assistant professor in pediatrics at the University of Arkansas Medical Center from 1967. She was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1976. Her research interests focused on endocrinology, and she received certification as a pediatric endocrinologist in 1978. She became an expert on childhood sexual development.
In 1987, Elders was appointed Director of the Arkansas Department of Health by then-Governor Bill Clinton. Her accomplishments in this position included a ten-fold increase in the number of early childhood screenings annually and almost a doubling of the immunization rate for two-year-olds in Arkansas. In 1992, she was elected President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. Elders became Surgeon General of the Public Health Service on September 8, 1993, appointed by President Clinton. She was the first African American to serve in the position. As Surgeon General, Elders argued the case for universal health coverage, and was a spokesperson for President Clinton's health care reform effort. She was a strong advocate for comprehensive health education, including sex education, in schools. She was outspoken in her views, and was forced to resign after only 15 months in the position as a result of a controversial remark about sex education. Her last day in office was December 31, 1994. She returned to the University of Arkansas Medical Center as professor of pediatrics.

Dr. Antonia Coello Novello was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. degree in 1965 and an M.D. degree in 1970. She completed her subspecialty training in pediatric nephrology at University of Michigan and Georgetown University. Dr. Novello received a Masters in Public Health from the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1982 and a Doctor of Public Health in May 2000. She holds countless awards. including the Legion of Merit, The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, and the National Governor's Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award, as well as a membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society and Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to name a few, and over 53 honoris causa. In 2011, Dr. Novello received the Don Quijote Lifetime Achievement Award. On March 9, 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to serve as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her appointment marked two firsts: Dr. Novello became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold this position. As Surgeon General, Dr. Novello advised the public on health matters such as smoking, AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards and the importance of immunization and disease prevention.
On June 3, 1999, Governor George E. Pataki nominated Dr. Novello to be the 13th New York State Health Commissioner; one of the leading health agencies in the nation with a $49 Billion budget - one-third of the whole NY state budget. Most recently, Dr. Novello served as the Executive Director of Public Health Policy at Florida Hospital. She currently serves as a liaison between the government of Dominican Republic and its Attorney General on raising the awareness of domestic violence and spearheading efforts for national legislation.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 12th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 12-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Vice Chair for Clinical Operations, Department of Psychiatry
Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital
Executive Medical Director, Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services
Executive Clinical Director, Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine

Dealing Effectively With Difficult People At Work

Dr. Foster will describe her approach to recognizing, understanding and managing behavior that is perceived to be disruptive in the workplace. She will describe the most common types of people who tend to have interpersonal difficulties and offer strategies to improve relationships.


BIO: Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department of Psychiatry at UPHS, and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital. Her clinical practice includes general psychiatry, with a special emphasis on acute inpatients, psychopharmacology, and corporate development that provides support and evaluation services to executives. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in a combined and accelerated BA/MD program with Lehigh University, Dr. Foster completed both a residency and a chief residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology and mood disorders at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. She also attained her masters of business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Foster is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association of Physician Leaders, and was elected to Penn Medicine's inaugural class of the Academy of Master Clinicians. Dr. Foster serves as the Executive Medical Director of Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services, a division of the Department of Psychiatry that includes its own employee assistance program and administrative services organization. She also leads the Professionalism Committees at the member hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is the Executive Clinical Director of the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine, a publicly-offered consultation service. Dr. Foster is a noted educator and has received The Dr. Henry P. & M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundations National Psychiatric Endowment Award, The J. Martin Myers Award, The Earl Bond Award, The Blockley-Osler Award, and The Dean’s Award, all for clinical excellence and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also received numerous residency teaching awards and has been named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine. Dr. Foster is board-certified in psychiatry and has served as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

OCTOBER 11, 2017 (Wednesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Biomedical Research Building (BRB), 2nd Floor, Seminar Room --BRB 251 (421 Curie Blvd.)

Anne F. Reilly, MD, MPH
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Leslie S. Kersun, MD, MSCE, MSEd
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Department: Pediatrics, Division of Oncology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

What Can I Do? Finding your Niche in Clinical Academic Medicine (download pdf of slides)

The practice of clinical medicine in an academic setting poses challenges, but also presents unique opportunities for development of areas of specific expertise. In the seminar, we will explore some of the niches or interests that fellow clinicians have developed and expanded here at Penn.


BIO: Anne Reilly, MD, MPH, is the medical director of the Division of Oncology at CHOP and a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of interest include clinical operations, care model, and quality improvement in oncology. Dr. Reilly’s clinical interests center around supportive care of children with cancer, such as prevention and treatment of infections and care of the adolescent and young adult with cancer. Her primary oncologic interests are in pediatric lymphomas and lymphoproliferative disease.

OCTOBER 24, 2017 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 12th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 12-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Stephanie B. Abbuhl, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine
Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women
Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEM Faculty
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial: Results, Opportunities, and Next Steps to Advance Women’s Careers

The NIH-TAC Trial was a cluster randomized trial of a multi-faceted intervention over 3 years to improve the success of women assistant professors at Penn Med. The results are exciting, confusing, and begging for more investigation. The multidisciplinary team that led the trial will be present for a discussion of next steps that will include an open discussion with the audience for feedback and future ideas about how to advance women’s careers.


BIO: Stephanie Abbuhl MD is Professor in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in 2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and over the years has served in several leadership positions including Interim Chair, Medical Director for 14 years, Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair from 2004-2016. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine for 34 years. Dr. Abbuhl’s primary research interests include establishing evidence-based best practices for faculty development (men and women) and investigating causal factors and interventions to advance women’s careers in medicine. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and advance women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to the unique RO1-funded NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) trial for which she was PI, along with collaborator Dr. JA Grisso. This 4-year trial studied a multi-faced intervention in a cluster-randomized design across the entire school of medicine aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Since 2013, along with a multidisciplinary team of Penn colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has developed and co-led the Penn Pathways career-leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEM fields. Dr. Abbuhl’s recent awards have included the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on promoting women’s biomedical careers; the 2013 Trustee’s Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women at the University of Pennsylvania; and the 2015 Arthur Asbury Outstanding Mentoring Award at the Perelman School of Medicine.

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 (Friday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 12th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 12-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Karen Kille, MHRM, SHRM-CP
Work-Life Specialist, Division of Human Resources
University of Pennsylvania

Victoria A. Mulhern
Executive Director
Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Susan W. Sproat
Executive Director, Benefits
University of Pennsylvania

Family Leave to Retirement: Making the Most of Your Benefits

This is the overview of your benefits that every faculty member should know. What is “reduction of duties”? Do you know that you can get 30 minutes of free legal advice? What is the “rule of 75”? Do you know that there are resources to help find a nanny or a home health aide? Learn about these benefits and more at this session that will provide a broad overview to help you make the most of your benefits.



Karen Kille joined the Division of Human Resources in January 2014 from a student affairs role in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn. She works closely with staff and faculty to manage personal and professional responsibilities, especially when they collide or are in conflict; helps to clarify and communicate policies and guidelines; and works closely with vendors to provide practical supports such as Backup Care, Senior Caregiving, and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Karen was recognized in 2016 as a Model of Excellence for working with a cross-functional team to implement a University-wide health initiative that engaged over 4,200 University employees on a wellness path at Penn. On a personal note, Karen is a beneficiary of Penn’s worklife benefits including the Nursing Mothers Program, Onsite Child Care, and Flexible Work Options. On campus, Karen volunteers as a trained campus Anti-Violence Advocate and wellness ambassador. In addition, Karen stays connected with work-life practitioners in higher education nationwide by serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee for the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (

Victoria Mulhern is Executive Director of the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (FAPD) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She has served in this capacity since 1996. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing, developing and/or implementing the policies and procedures relating to all aspects of employment of faculty members. She provides consultative services to the Dean and senior administrative staff, department chairs, Perelman School of Medicine committees, and administrators on policy issues relating to faculty. She serves as liaison to the Office of the Provost and the Office of the General Counsel. She also directs Advance, the faculty professional development program. Prior to her current position, Ms. Mulhern was Director of Human Resources at The Wistar Institute. She has additional extensive experience in human resources having served as a benefits professional for the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Sproat is Executive Director of Human Resources-Benefits. Ms. Sproat is charged with leading the University’s Benefits Department. In this position, Ms. Sproat is responsible for the design and administration of a $400 million benefits program for over 16,000 employees and their dependents. The benefits program includes oversight of health programs such as medical, dental and vision and wellness programs for active employees and retirees, as well as the Retirement Savings program (403B) and disability management programs offered to the faculty and staff of the university. Ms. Sproat has extensive experience in the design and implementation of benefits programs in several different types of organizations. She has experience in all aspects of benefits and in the development of innovative benefits programs to recruit and retain top talent. Ms. Sproat has a certificate in Global Human Resources from the Society for Human Resources Management and a certificate in Portfolio Management from the University’s Wharton School. Between 2001 and 2007, she was an instructor for the Senior Professional Human Resources certification program in the areas of benefits and compensation, and she has served on the Employer Advisory Board at TIAA-CREF. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rosemont College.

DECEMBER 7, 2017 (Thursday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 12th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 12-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)
(*Reserved for women only, please)

Hillary R. Bogner, MD, MSCE
Director of Research Programs, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Meghan Brooks Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Co-Director, Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation, Penn Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Co-chair, Graduate medical education handoff task force, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Director, Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Finding Mentors for Work and Life

An interactive session designed to craft a plan to find mentors for different stages of your life and different aspects of your career.

A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities.


BIOS: Hillary R. Bogner MD MSCE is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Bogner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology with honors from the University of Chicago and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University where she was Chief Resident in her third year. In 2001, she earned the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bogner investigates the integration of care for depression and medical co-morbidity in primary health care settings – a problem with high public health significance. She has chosen to focus on cardiovascular disease as a model for integration of care with depression. Her work in depression and CVD has focused on adherence to depression treatment as a serious problem limiting the public health impact of available effective treatment. In addition, she has contributed to materials directed at practicing physicians. Her work shows that early patterns of non-adherence to depression medication may be related to patient-level factors, setting the stage for targeted interventions. She has examined the role of medical co-morbidity in the recognition and treatment of depression among older adults, finding that depression is a significant contributor to mortality among persons with medical co-morbidity such as diabetes that can be mitigated with practice-based interventions. In other work, she studied how medical co-morbidity -- such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic medical conditions -- modifies response to depression treatment. Based on findings from patient interviews, Dr. Bogner developed an intervention integrating depression treatment with medical treatment for cardiovascular disease and has published the results of pilot studies testing its effectiveness. The intervention was informed by the findings of the K23 Award and the RWJF Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award. To further examine the effectiveness of integrated interventions for depression and cardiovascular disease she was awarded a Grant-in-Aid Award from the American Heart Association and a Clinical Research Award from the American Diabetes Association. She has a funded K18 (AHRQ), which is utilizing a participatory approach to inspire a new services delivery model for diabetes care. The basis of this model is to include patient’s nonbiomedical needs (financial, social, and emotional) as part of primary care treatment discussions and decisions. She is the Principal Investigator on a funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project to fill gaps in the understanding of health care disparities as experienced by adults with disabilities and how differences in the quality of care received might be impacting their wellbeing. She recently completed an R21 (NIMH) to assess how different primary care practices approach implementation of the chronic care model for depression and diabetes and developed a tool kit to facilitate implementation. She completed an R01 (NIMH) study to examine the course of depressive symptoms and medical comorbidity, studying the risk factors for the onset of major depression and suicidal ideation and an R34 (NIMH) to assess the feasibility of an intervention trial to improve adherence to depression and hypertension treatment. Her work has been recognized by the American Geriatrics Society, the American Public Health Association, and awards committees at the University of Pennsylvania.

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP is founding Co-director of the Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation and assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified anesthesiologist and surgical intensivist, is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and is on the leadership team of the Penn Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr. Lane-Fall's research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, focuses on improving clinical outcomes for patients experiencing life-threatening illness in the context of surgical care. She is particularly interested in improving healthcare provider communication at times of transition or handoff across sites of care. She employs qualitative and mixed methods to develop effective communication strategies incorporating human factors principles while complementing clinician workflow. Having implemented a standardized OR-to-ICU handoff process at Penn, she has now partnered with the Christiana Care Health System Value Institute in Delaware to evaluate the effectiveness of perioperative communication in a community setting. Dr. Lane-Fall received her AB degree with High Distinction (magna cum laude) from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her MD degree from Yale University, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She completed anesthesia residency, critical care fellowship and research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she completed a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research. During her clinical training at Penn, she was the inaugural recipient of the Dripps Scholarship for academic anesthesiologists. She has since been awarded career development funding from the highly competitive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. She was elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists in 2015. Dr. Lane-Fall has co-authored more than 70 articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts. Dr. Lane-Fall lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, father, and two daughters. She loves technology, science fiction, podcasts, and logic puzzles, and dabbles in graphic design.

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Brian David Work, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Hospitalist, Department of Medicine
Chair of the Board, Prevention Point Philadelphia
Clinical Site Director, Bridging the Gaps Program
Co-Director, United Community Clinic, First African Presbyterian Church
Senior Fellow, Center For Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Harm Reduction in Medicine and Public Health: Combating the Opioid Overdose and HIV Epidemics


BIO: Dr. Work is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and an Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Penn. The majority of his work is in the community where he focuses on providing medical care and public health services to the most marginalized populations. He has extensive experience in substance abuse treatment and research in Harm Reduction. Prevention Point Philadelphia is a national leader in Harm Reduction practice and education, including opioid overdose reversal and the provision of Naloxone to first responders, drug users and families of drug users. It is the second largest syringe exchange in the country and the only one with an in-house HIV clinic. He recently served on the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia. At Prevention Point Philadelphia, he is Board Chair and attends and teaches at their free Streetside Health Clinic. He is also clinical site director for Penn’s Bridging the Gaps Program at Prevention Point. He co-directs, attends and teaches at United Community Clinic, Penn’s largest student-run free clinic located in First African Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia. United Community Clinic has been serving West Philadelphia’s uninsured population since 1999.

MARCH 7, 2018 (Wednesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Michael S. Parmacek, MD
Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Title: To Be Announced


BIO: Michael S. Parmacek, MD is the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the Founding Director of the University of Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Parmacek graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and obtained his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. He performed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and Cardiovascular Disease fellowship training at Northwestern University. Following his clinical training, Dr. Parmacek performed a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular cardiology at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan. He was appointed to the faculty of the University of Michigan from 1987-1992 and the University of Chicago from 1992-1998, serving as Co-Director of the Cardiology fellowship training program. In 1998, Dr. Parmacek was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. During his tenure (1998-2014), Penn’s Cardiovascular Medicine division ascended to the top tier of national programs. In 2005, Dr. Parmacek was appointed as the Director of the newly established University of Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Institute. In 2014, Dr. Parmacek was appointed as the 25th Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medicine; the nation’s first Department of Medicine. Dr. Parmacek is internationally recognized for his pioneering research studies in cardiovascular cell and molecular biology. Over the course of his career, he has made multiple seminal discoveries which have impacted directly on understanding the molecular and genetic basis of congenital heart disease, aortic disease and atherosclerosis. He has published over ninety manuscripts in high-impact journals including Science, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Parmacek was chosen as an Established Investigator by the American Heart Association and he was elected Fellow of the AHA, American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians. He also served as President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology. Dr. Parmacek has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. In 2009, Dr. Parmacek was appointed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Council of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH.