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2012 - 2013 Seminar Series (Archived)

NOVEMBER 1 , 2012 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: BRB 1412 (14th floor, Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III), 421 Curie Blvd.)

Tom Baker, JD
William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Now that the Supreme Court has Spoken: Understanding States’ Options for their Health Exchanges and Medicaid Programs

Over the next few months the states will be making historic decisions about Medicaid eligibility and the new Health Exchanges.  This talk will explain the states’ options and discuss the implications of their choices for the future of health care in America.

BIO: Tom Baker a preeminent scholar in insurance law, explores insurance, risk, and responsibility using methods and perspectives drawn from economics, sociology, psychology, and history. He is author of The Medical Malpractice Myth (Chicago, 2005), in which he proposes an evidence-based approach to medical liability reform. His latest book, Ensuring Corporate Misconduct (Chicago 2010), coauthored with Sean Griffith, examines relationships among liability insurance, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His recent article, “Health Insurance, Risk, and Responsibility after the Affordable Care Act” (Pennsylvania Law Review 2011), describes the new U.S. health care social contract as embodying a fair share approach to paying for health care and a responsibility to be as healthy as you can. He is the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Liability Insurance Project, a member of the Sloan/Sage Working Group on Behavioral Economics and Retail Financial Services, a member of the Steering Committee for the Wharton/Penn Risk and Insurance Program, and a Senior Fellow at Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. In addition to his primary appointment at the Law School, he has a secondary appointment in the Wharton Business Economics and Public Policy Department. His current research focuses on the role of health insurance regulation in improving health.

DECEMBER 3 , 2012 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: BRB 1412 (14th floor, Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III), 421 Curie Blvd.)

Rajat Deo, MD, MTR
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Sudden Cardiac Death: Developing a Prediction Model

Sudden cardiac death is a public health dilemma affecting nearly 400,000 Americans per year. It is often the initial manifestation of cardiovascular disease and affects individuals without any premonitory symptoms. Current stratification efforts have focused on identifying high-risk patients with advanced cardiomyopathies that may benefit from implantation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Unfortunately, the majority of SCD victims do not fall into this category. This presentation will focus on strategies to identify intermediate risk populations that are at an elevated risk of sudden cardiac death.

BIO: Dr. Deo is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and specializes in cardiac arrhythmia. He is a cardiac electrophysiologist interested in understanding novel risk factors for atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. His work has focused on incorporating novel risk factors into risk prediction algorithms for these conditions. In particular, he has evaluated novel biomarkers, genetic factors and imaging data to enhance risk stratification in the general population for cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Deo attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School followed by an internship and residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco and an electrophysiology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Deo is board certified in Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Medicine and Internal Medicine.

JANUARY 11 , 2013 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level

Paul A. Offit, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Communicating Science to the Public

We will describe the vaccine-autism controversy, focusing on the forces in the media that work to defeat good science. In addition, we will discuss strategies to educate the media and public about the science behind the vaccine controversy.

BIO: Paul A. Offit, MD is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Offit has published more than 140 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC; for this achievement Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In 2009, Dr. Offit received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2011, Dr. Offit received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Biologics Industry Organization (BIO), the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the David E. Rogers Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Odyssey Award from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr Offit was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research. He is also the author of five medical narratives: The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine Crisis (Yale University Press, 2005), Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases (HarperCollins, 2007), for which he won an award from the American Medical Writers Association, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Columbia University Press, 2008), Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (Basic Books, 2011), and Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (HarperCollins, 2013).

FEBRUARY 4 , 2013 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: BRB 253 (2nd floor, Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III), 421 Curie Blvd.)

Sarah Tishkoff, PhD
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor
Departments of Genetics and Biology
University of Pennsylvania

African Integrative Genomics: Implications for human evolution and disease

Africa is thought to be the ancestral homeland of all modern human populations. It is also a region of tremendous cultural, linguistic, climatic, and genetic diversity. Despite the important role that African populations have played in human history, they remain one of the most underrepresented groups in human genomics studies. A comprehensive knowledge of patterns of variation in African genomes is critical for a deeper understanding of human genomic diversity, the identification of functionally important genetic variation, the genetic basis of adaptation to diverse environments and diets, and the origins of modern humans. We have used whole genome SNP genotyping and high coverage sequencing analyses to characterize patterns of genomic variation, ancestry, and local adaptation across ethnically and geographically diverse African populations. We have identified candidate loci that play a role in adaptation to infectious disease, diet and high altitude, as well as the short stature trait in African Pygmies.

BIO: Sarah Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, holding appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Tishkoff studies genomic variation in ethnically diverse Africans. Her research examines African population history and how genetic variation can affect a wide range of practical issues – for example, why humans have different susceptibility to disease, how they metabolize drugs, and how they adapt through evolution. Dr. Tishkoff received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and genetics from the University of California at Berkley, and her master’s of philosophy and doctorate in genetics from Yale Medical School. She taught in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland at College Park from 2000 – 2007 and joined the Departments of Biology and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Dr. Tishkoff is a recipient of an NIH Pioneer Award, a David and Lucile Packard Career Award, a Burroughs/Wellcome Fund Career Award and a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) endowed chair. She currently is a member of the editorial board of the Genome Research journal and Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health journal.  She is an associate editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution, G3 (Genes, Genomes, and Genetics), and The Quarterly Review of Biology. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

MARCH 6 , 2013 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: BRB 1412 (14th floor, Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III), 421 Curie Blvd.)

Joseph Turow, PhD
Robert Lewis Shayon Professor &
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

Prime Time’s Accidental Curriculum About 21st Century Medicine

Prime time medical dramas such as Gray’s Anatomy, House, and Private Practice present patterned ideas about the medical system amid the characters’ romantic heavy breathing and melodramatic angst. This presentation will examine what television teaches about the medical system, why medical professionals have typically not cared, and why they should.

BIO:Joseph Turow is Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. Professor Turow is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and was presented with a Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. In 2010 the University of Michigan Press published an updated edition of Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling and Medical Power, which is a history of prime time TV and the sociopolitics of medicine. Oxford University Press had published the original in 1989. It became the basis of a DVD called “Prime Time Doctors: Why Should You Care,” which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation distributed to first year medical students for several years. Professor Turow’s research into medical dramas (about which he has published articles in edited books on medical images, in The Lancet, and elsewhere) is part of a larger concern with the factors influencing news and entertainment in the mass media. He has authored nine books, edited five books, and written more than 100 articles on mass media industries. Many of these explore the intersection of marketing, digital media, and society. A 2005 New York Times Magazine article referred to Professor Turow as “probably the reigning academic expert on media fragmentation.” His newest book, from Yale University Press in late 2011, is The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth. Routledge last year published the fourth edition of his text Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication. Other books reflecting current interests are Niche Envy: Marketing Discrimination in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2006). Breaking Up America: Advertisers and the New Media World (University of Chicago Press, 1997; paperback, 1999; Chinese edition 2004); and The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age (edited with Lokman Tsui, University of Michigan Press, 2008). Professor Turow’s continuing national surveys of the American public on issues relating to marketing, new media, and society have received a great deal of attention in the popular press as well as in the research community. He has written about media and advertising for the popular press, including American Demographics magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times. His research has received financial support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. Professor Turow was awarded a Lady Astor Lectureship by Oxford University. He has received a number of conference paper and book awards, has lectured widely and been invited to give the Pockrass Distinguished lecture at Penn State University and to be a Chancellor's Distinguished Lecturer at LSU. He has served as the elected chair of the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association. Professor Turow currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and Poetics.

MARCH 8 , 2013 (Friday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower conference room, bridge level

Jeanmarie Perrone, MD FACMT
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Director, Medical Toxicology
Department of Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: An Opportunity to Impact Safer Prescribing for our Patients and Communities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared Prescription Drug Abuse as a national epidemic in 2011. Opioid prescriptions have increased tenfold in the past decade and directly correlates with logarithmic increases in addiction and deaths. Unlike the illegal trade of cocaine and heroin resulting in epidemics of the past, every prescription originates from a health care provider even if it is subsequently diverted, misused or abused. Physicians have an increasing responsibility to address this problem with more judicious opioid prescribing. Dr. Perrone will discuss how this has evolved and strategies to manage patient and health system expectations around enhanced safety in prescribing opioid medications.

BIO: Jeanmarie Perrone MD, FACMT is the Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, and consultant faculty at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Poison Center. She fulfills a significant clinical responsibility in the HUP Emergency Department and has won numerous teaching and mentoring awards from students and residents in emergency medicine and toxicology education. With the tremendous rise in opioid prescriptions and opioid related mortality in the past decade, her work has focused on the prescription drug epidemic, advocating for enhancement of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and endorsing safer opioid prescribing. She lead an ED team of residents, nurses and pharmacists in a Safer Opioid Prescribing Campaign in the HUP and Presbyterian Emergency Departments, screening patients for risk factors associated with opioid misuse prior to starting opioids resulting in First Place in the UPHS Safety and Quality Award 2012. She is undertaking a multidisciplinary health system initiative to address safe opioid prescribing and is leading a similar initiative in Philadelphia area Emergency Departments. She has lectured nationally and internationally and published in NEJM and JAMA on strategies to combat opioid misuse and is an integral faculty member in a grant awarded to Penn as one of 10 national Centers for Excellence in Pain Education. In 2012, she was appointed to a four year term as a member of the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration which recently evaluated the abuse risks associated with hydrocodone prescribing. She is also a member of a CDC funded national panel collaborating with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American College of Medical Toxicology setting standards for death certificate reporting to improve tracking of opioid related deaths.

APRIL 12 , 2013 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: BRB II/III, Room 253 (2nd floor, Biomedical Research Building; 421 Curie Blvd.)

Tracy L. Bale, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Neuroscience Center
School of Veterinary Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

How Your Genes Interact with Your Environment during Development: Another Reason to Blame Mom!

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia have been associated with fetal antecedents including maternal stress. We have developed a mouse model in which stress during a sensitive period of early pregnancy has sex-dependent programming effects on neurodevelopment. Similar to what is found in neurodevelopmental disorders, male mice exposed to stress early in gestation show elevated stress sensitivity as adults. Further, these males also pass this effect onto their sons resulting in a second-generation transmission of stress sensitivity from father to son.

BIO: Dr. Tracy Bale holds a dual appointment at the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in the Departments of Animal Biology and Psychiatry, and is the Director of the Neuroscience Center. Dr. Bale earned her Ph.D. in pharmacology and neurobiology from the University of Washington, and completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Wylie W. Vale at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. Her research interests are centered on the role of stress dysregulation in disease, and the sex differences that underlie disease vulnerability. Her lab has developed mouse models relevant to neuropsychiatric diseases and obesity, and studies the interaction of genes and the environment, assessing epigenetic mechanisms involved in sex-specific programming in the brain and other tissues. Dr. Bale is the recent recipient of the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Award for scientific contributions to women’s health and the Endocrine Society’s Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Laureate Award for contributions and achievements of an exceptionally promising young scientist.

APRIL 17 , 2013 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 9th Floor South Tower Seminar Room, SCTR 09-146 AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Work Life Balance: Taking a Proactive Approach

This interactive session offers participants an opportunity to explore their goals for work life balance as well as how to develop concrete strategies to better achieve them.

(*Reserved for women only, please)

BIO: Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey. Bridging the Gaps provides health related service in underserved communities while training community responsive health and social service professionals. The Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed a Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholars program which is made up of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. At the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tuton is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She is the Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes both advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Dr. Tuton is a co-investigator on the NIH RO1, “Achieving Success for Women & Academic Medicine: A Randomized Multi-level Trial,” one of only 14 grants awarded to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women's careers in science and medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity, she is co-leader of both the community and leadership curricular components.

A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.

APRIL 19 , 2013 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level


Deborah A. Driscoll, MD
Chair & Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

William N. Kelley, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Arnold I. Levinson, MD
Associate Dean for Research
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Gail Morrison, MD
Vice-Dean for Education
Professor of Medicine
Division of Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Victoria A. Mulhern

Executive Director
Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

AWARDS: The What, How and Why

The goal of this interactive session is to help faculty understand the range of available awards, what the general parameters are for each, as well as the how to be proactive about award submission. The panel will also address “why” of nominating yourself and others for awards.


Deborah A. Driscoll, MD is the Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Director of the Center for Research on Re production and Women’s Health. A graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Clinical and Molecular Genetics at Penn. Dr. Driscoll is internationally recognized for her research on DiGeorge/velocardiofacial syndrome and the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Dr. Driscoll is the principle investigator of Penn’s Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) career development program. Dr. Driscoll was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Driscoll is considered one of the world’s leading obstetrician-geneticists who has also been well recognized for her expertise in genetic screening and the care of women with genetic disorders. At Penn she has been the recipient of several teaching awards including a Lindback award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Driscoll is on the Board of Directors of the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as chair of the CPUP Clinical Operations Committee. She also serves on the following committees: finance, quality and safety executive, professional liability oversight and recently co-chaired the strategic planning process for the Pearlman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Driscoll is also responsible for implementation of a highly successful comprehensive safety program for the obstetrical service. Dr. Driscoll is active in many professional organizations and currently is the vice-president of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and president-elect of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

William N. Kelley, MD received his medical degree from Emory University where he was also elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. Following Internal Medicine training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, he joined the staff of the National Institutes of Health as a Clinical Associate in the Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch, Section on Human Biochemical Genetics. He then completed additional clinical training as Senior Resident in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1968, Dr. Kelley joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center where he became Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, and Chief of the Division of Rheumatic and Genetic Diseases. From 1975 to 1989, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Michigan. From 1989 to 2000, Dr. Kelley served as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania with responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer for the Medical Center, Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Biophysics. In 1993, he was also appointed as CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System upon its formal approval by the University Trustees. In the national leadership arena, he has had the opportunity to serve as President of the American Federation for Medical Research, President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, President of the American College of Rheumatology, Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the Association of American Physicians. He is a Master of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, and a recipient of the John Phillips Memorial Award and Medal from the American College of Physicians, the Robert H. Williams Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine, the Gold Medal of the American College of Rheumatology, the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the George M. Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians, and The Emory Medal from Emory University. Dr. Kelley has served as a Director on several corporate boards including Merck & Co., Beckman Coulter, Polymedix, Applied Biosurfaces, and Channel Health; he currently serves as a Director on the Board of GenVec, Inc. He also is an emeritus trustee of Emory University. He currently serves as a member of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies, and the Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research. Dr. Kelley is currently Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Arnold I. Levinson, MD joined the Allergy and Immunology Division at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 as Assistant Professor of Medicine, after completing three years as the Chief of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory at Walter Reed Medical Center. He rose to Associate Professor in Medicine in 1983 with a secondary appointment in Neurology. He was subsequently promoted to Professor of Medicine and Professor of Neurology. At Penn, Dr. Levinson served as Chief of the Allergy and Immunology Section of the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division in the Department of Medicine and directed its Fellowship Training Program from 1998-2009. In addition, he served as Director of the Penn Center for Clinical Immunology and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Levinson has received a number of teaching awards including the Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award, the School of Medicine Class of 1992 Teaching Award of Excellence, and the Donald B. Martin Teaching Service Award. He maintained an active consultative clinical practice in which he saw patients with complex allergic, autoimmune, and immunodeficiency disorders. He was consistently cited as a "Top Doc" in Philadelphia magazine and listed in Castle Connolly Medical Ltd's America's Best Doctors". Dr. Levinson’s research has largely focused on the cellular and molecular basis of human autoimmune disease, particularly relating to the role of the thymus in the pathogenesis of myasthenia gravis. His work in this area was an outgrowth of his early discovery of the expression of the myasthenia gravis autoantigen, acetylcholine receptor, on human thymic epithelial cells. In addition, he has investigated mechanisms of human B cell activation and immunoregulatory abnormalities in patients with antibody deficiency syndromes. He has served on numerous editorial boards including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology, and the Journal of Clinical Immunology. On the national scene, Dr. Levinson has functioned as Chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, President of the Clinical Immunology Society, and as Chairman of the Research and Training Division of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). He was the 2011 recipient of the AAAAI Distinguished Service Award. As an Emeritus Professor, Dr. Levinson is primarily engaged in administrative activities as Associate Dean for Research and continues to contribute to the Allergy and Immunology Section's teaching program.

Gail Morrison, MD is Professor of Medicine, Senior Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed Vice Dean for Education in 1995 and promoted to Senior Vice Dean in 2010. Her longstanding and continuing contributions as an outstanding medical educator, medical curricula designer, and medical education administrator, both here at the Perelman School of Medicine and nationally, have earned her a well-deserved national and local reputation. Dr. Morrison’s work in teaching and training derives from her lifelong commitment to medical education. Winner of the 2006 Daniel Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education, Dr. Morrison has been involved in educating and teaching for the majority of her academic career. The changes in medical education she led over the past seventeen years – creating the vision for and implementing Curriculum 2000™ and, perhaps more importantly, Virtual Curriculum 2000™ – have had a profound effect on the Perelman School of Medicine. Moreover, her work at Penn set the stage for major changes in medical education in the United States for the 21st century, which she has worked diligently to bring about at the national level. For over 30 years, Dr. Morrison has been actively involved in directing educational programs in the Renal Division of Penn’s Department of Medicine, the Perelman School of Medicine, and nationally in the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) organization. She has served as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine for Medical Student Education (1986-1995) and the Associate Dean for Clinical Curriculum (1991-1995) in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Morrison earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her internship/residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Georgetown University Hospital. After serving as Staff Associate at the NIH in the NHLBI (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) for one year, she completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1976, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982, and to Professor in 1994. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean for Education in 1995, she was responsible for overseeing the End Stage Renal Disease Program for University of Pennsylvania Health System, was an attending physician in the Nephrology Division, and then became the Associate Chair in the Department of Medicine for Medical Education. Dr. Morrison received the prestigious Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award in 1988 from the Perelman School of Medicine and the University. For her entire career at Penn, Dr. Morrison has been involved in the teaching, training and mentoring of trainees across the entire training spectrum. She trained Renal Fellows in her role as Director of the Renal Outpatient Services and the Dialysis programs (1976-1984) and then trained medical students in her role as Academic Coordinator for the Department of Medicine and the Associate Chairman for Medical Student Education (1985-1996) for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Morrison has been instrumental in overseeing the last two Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation processes for the Perelman School of Medicine, has participated as a site visitor for the LCME accreditation process, sits on numerous leadership committees and is the chair of the subcommittee on education for the ongoing strategic planning process at the school. Dr. Morrison also serves as a peer reviewer for five prominent journals and has published 80 papers and abstracts, 50 editorials, chapters, and reviews and 9 books and manuals and has served as PI or Co/PI on several educational grants.

Victoria A. Mulhern develops, interprets, applies, and oversees University and School of Medicine policies and procedures relating to faculty employment. She provides consultative services to senior leadership, School of Medicine committees, faculty, and department administrators on policy issues relating to faculty employment.

MAY 17 , 2013 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level

Lois S. Cronholm, PhD
Sr. Vice President City College of New York, retired

Understanding Academic Administrators: Strategies for Personal Satisfaction and Professional Advancement

This session focuses on explaining the functions and methodologies of academic administration and administrators. The intent is to increase the faculty’s understanding of its working environment; to prepare faculty for an effective role in creating a productive working environment; to address the principles of negotiation between faculty and administrators; and to suggest issues for those who might aspire to academic positions.

(*Reserved for women only, please)

BIO: Dr. Cronholm’s initial contact with medical schools was as a pre-doctoral fellow in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Louisville Medical School. After receiving her Ph.D. she spent an additional 3 years in that Department as a post-doctoral fellow. She also taught microbiology to students in the Biology Department, taught bacteriology for student nurses in a hospital degree program, and attended the University’s School of Law. She became a full time faculty member in the Biology Department at the U of L in 1973, and became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1977. In 1978 she was named Interim Dean of the College, and in 1979 was appointed the permanent Dean; she continued to teach, oversee research projects, and mentor doctoral students. In 1985 she became Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she focused on strengthening undergraduate and graduate programs, increasing the College’s research profile, and instilling a heightened sense of social responsibility as part of a liberal education. Active in national and international committees and commissions, she was President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, chaired committees working toward the progress of urban universities through the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, served as a mentor and advisor for participants in the American Council on Education’s program for perspective administrators, and she co-sponsored with the American Associate of University Professors the AAUP guidelines for ethical faculty recruitment. In 1992 she became Provost of Baruch College of the City University of New York, initiating with the President a period of transformation of the College that included establishment under her guidance of a major School of Public Affairs. In 1998 she was named Interim President of Baruch College and led that College into a new strategic plan and revision of requirements for students entering college. She was an invited participant in panels on the strategic planning initiatives of the Middle States Association and was named chair of the Middle States committee on the evaluation of public and private universities and colleges in New York State. In 1999 she became the founding Executive Director of the Center for Jewish History and oversaw the completion of the facilities, exhibitions, and technology, the initiation of its programs, and integration of its five member organizations. In 2001 she became Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the City College of New York. She led that College’s strategic planning in 2001; led a major restoration of its historic campus, and worked with the CUNY administration on such initiatives as the CUNY Honors College and its School of Professional Studies. She lectured on Microbiology to CCNY medical students, was a key factor in the creation of the first on campus residence hall built on a CUNY campus, and led the college into interactions with school students in the Harlem area. She was active in the New York City cultural community as Secretary of the Board of the Players Club, co-creator with the President of the National Arts Club of cultural programs in the Gramercy Park area, and President of the Booth Library of the Players Club. Retired from CCNY in 2007, she became a consultant for a variety of organizations, including the largest network of public hospitals in northern Manhattan operated by the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation. Dr. Cronholm has given numerous invited talks, focused primarily on academic women’s issues and on organizations involved in strategic planning. She was active in government agencies involving human rights, including Chair of the Louisville/Jefferson County Human Relations Commission. After her retirement Dr. Cronholm has committed herself to volunteering her experiences to serve national, regional, and local organizations serving international and national women’s issues, and enriching the cultural experiences of inner city school children.

A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.

MAY 29 , 2013
(Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge level

Emma Anne Meagher, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Perelman School of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Vice Provost for Human Research, University of Pennsylvania

Understanding Communication Styles

An interactive session in which we will reflect on communication styles to optimize mentoring relationships.

(*Reserved for women only, please)

BIO: Emma A. Meagher, MD serves as Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is Program Director of the Masters of Science in Translational Research, Course Director of Pharmacology for the Perelman School of Medicine, Executive Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board, Associate Vice Provost for Human Subjects Research and Associate Dean for Admissions for University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Dr. Meagher graduated summa cum laude with her medical doctorate degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. Following completion of an internship and residency in internal medicine she was appointed as Senior Registrar /Lecturer of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mater Hospital, University College in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Meagher’s educational interests are in the fields of translational research methodology to graduate, pre and post doctoral students and novel modalities for education in pharmacology to undergraduate medical (UME) students. To this end she directs the University of Pennsylvania pharmacology curriculum, is Program Director for the Master of Science degree program in Translational Research and Co PI of the UPenn Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA). Dr Meagher’s research interest is the development of novel therapeutics in dyslipidemia. Her clinical practice is focused on cardiovascular risk modification with an emphasis on management of dyslipidemia, hypertension and women’s cardiovascular health. Dr. Meagher is a member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, the American Society of Hypertension, the American Federation for Medical Research, the Association for Clinical Research Training and the Society for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr Meagher has been the recipient of two National Institute of Health Clinical Associate Physician Research Awards and is CoPI of the UPenn CTSA award. In addition, in recognition for her efforts in education she has received numerous institutional teaching awards: The Dean's Award for the Development of Innovative Educational Programs (1999), The Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award (2001), The Outstanding Lecturer Award (2002), The Outstanding Lecturer Basic Science (2000, 2004, 2006,2008, 2010, 2011), The Arthur K. Asbury Mentoring Award (2004), Medical Student Government Awards for Basic and Integrated Science Education (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 2011), The Dunning Dripps Award for post graduate education (2009) and the university’s highest teaching honor, the Lindback Award for Medical Education (2005). Dr. Meagher has published articles in numerous journals, including Nature Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, JAMA, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, The American Journal of Cardiology, Hypertension, and the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. She has written numerous reviews and book chapters, and has lectured widely at medical meetings, nationally and internationally.

A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.