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.

WIM- Davies 2013

2018 - 2019 Current Seminar Series

| sep | oct | nov | dec | jan | feb | mar | apr | may | jun |

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

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 (Thursday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 9th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 09-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

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

DOM Faculty Wellness Initiative

Dr. Parmacek will discuss the departmental SWOT analysis that led to a focus on faculty wellness. He will describe the findings of the DOM Wellness Steering Committee that includes faculty members, administrators, faculty from the Penn School of Design, leaders of the Penn Medicine Innovation Center and the Penn Medicine Academy. He will describe how equitable models of practice support were generated and departmental efforts to deconstruct our practices with the goal of returning 2 hours of time per day back to our faculty without reducing overall productivity. He will also discuss principles of human centered design which are guiding this project. Finally, he will encourage ideas and questions from the audience.


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.

OCTOBER 25, 2018 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 9th Floor, Seminar Room --SCTR 09-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Title: To be announced


BIO: Forthcoming

JANUARY 28, 2019 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To be determined

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine

Title: To be announced


BIO: J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., became Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine on July 1, 2011. Together, the two entities make up Penn Medicine, exceeding a $6.5 billion enterprise dedicated to excellence in the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and patient care. Founded in 1765 as the Colonies’ first medical school, the Perelman School of Medicine is now home to over 2,000 full-time faculty members and more than 3,500 students, trainees, residents, and fellows. The School receives nearly $750 million in sponsored program research. The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes multiple nationally ranked hospitals, a clinical network that includes primary care, a faculty practice plan, home care, hospice, nursing homes, and three multispecialty satellite facilities. Before coming to Penn Medicine, Dr. Jameson was Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Northwestern University, positions he held since 2007. He joined Northwestern University Medical School in 1993 as chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine, a position he held for seven years. In 2000, he was named Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Jameson received his medical degree with honors and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1981. He completed clinical training in internal medicine and endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Before leaving for Northwestern University, he rose through the ranks at Harvard Medical School to become an associate professor of medicine and chief of the Thyroid Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. A prolific physician-scientist and writer, Dr. Jameson has been a pioneer in molecular medicine in the field of endocrinology. His research has focused on the genetic basis of hormonal disorders and he is the author of more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, Science, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He is an editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, the most widely used medical text worldwide, and co-editor of Jameson and DeGroot’s Endocrinology, now in its 7th edition. Among his many professional distinctions and honors, Dr. Jameson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in academia, and the National Academy of Medicine, established to recognize professional achievement in the health sciences. He has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and as a Master of the American College of Physicians. He has served as president of the Endocrine Society and the Association of American Physicians. He has served as a member of the medical advisory board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and as a Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He currently serves on the Board of the Association of Academic Health Centers and is the incoming Chair of the Council of Deans at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Jameson has received many distinguished awards, including the Van Meter Award from the American Thyroid Association and the Sheen Award from the American College of Surgeons. The Endocrine Society has honored him twice: with the Ernst Oppenheimer Award, presented to a young investigator in recognition of meritorious accomplishments in basic or clinical endocrinology, and the Fred Conrad Koch Award, considered the highest honor bestowed by the Society in recognition of exceptional contributions to the field. From the American College of Physicians, Dr. Jameson received the Award for Outstanding Science and John Phillips Award for outstanding work in clinical medicine. As a visiting lecturer, he has been invited to present at leading institutions around the world.

APRIL 17, 2019
(Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Announced

Eugenia Catarina South, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
and Presbyterian Medical Center

Title: To be announced


BIO: Forthcoming