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An Update from the Perelman School of Medicine

Fifty Years in Fifty Minutes

A Whirlwind Tour of Our Medical Careers

In the last 50 years, medicine and society have advanced dramatically - arguably as much or more than over any similar time period. This year, Class of 1963 panelists will share their own unique perspectives based on experiences, achievements, challenges, and changes they've seen in a range of specialties and across the globe.

Meet our Panelists

Abigail Farber, M.D. was one of a handful of women in her class, and is now Attending Physician, General Pediatrics, and Medical Director, International Adoption Health Program at CHOP. She was a pediatrician in Minnesota until 1993, when she returned to Philadelphia to join CHOP. She has worked with children in adoption programs and orphanages all over the world, and played a leadership role in developing CHOP's program. She and her husband are parents of four adult children, one of whom was adopted internationally.

Thomas F. Wayne, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He also worked in private practice for 21 years. Over his career he has published more than 100 articles, given more than 60 international presentations in Spanish-speaking countries, and has been listed in Best Doctors in America.

Michael Kaback, M.D. is known for his discovery of the enzyme assay screening method for Tay-Sachs disease that made testing widely available. As this was one of the first prenatal tests, Dr. Kaback also pioneered the counseling of families receiving test results. Research seems to run in his family as his brother has also made breakthroughs with E. coli. Dr. Kaback lives in California. Those in attendance may also learn what sports hall of fame he will be inducted into over the weekend.

Terrence Malloy, M.D. served as Chief of Urology at Pennsylvania Hospital for more than 25 years. He brings insight into the changes in his field, teaching, and the institution. His clinical interests include the use of lasers and minimally invasive techniques to treat and manage urological conditions. In addition to his medical experiences, Dr. Malloy was a lacrosse All-American at Yale, captained the Stone Harbor Beach Patrol, and served as First Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Join us on the start of Medical Alumni Weekend, Friday May 10 at 9 a.m. to see these panelists discuss their careers and share what they've learned after 50 years in medicine.

Research Shines in Work of 2013 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients

Richard GoodmanIt's time again for the Perelman School of Medicine to honor two distinguished graduates for their outstanding service to society and to the profession of medicine. This year's recipients, Richard H. Goodman, M'76, GR'76, and Jeannie T. Lee, M'93, GR'93 are both internationally recognized for achievement in fields that emerged after they graduated. We are proud to count them among the Perelman School's innovative researchers.

Richard H. Goodman is known for his pioneering research on gene regulatory mechanisms. Among his many firsts, he discovered the cAMP-regulated enhancer, a critical control element in many genes expressed in the nervous system, which is now recognized as an important signaling molecule in all living cells.

Jeannie LeeJeannie T. Lee has made groundbreaking insights in epigenetics, in particular into the mechanisms of X-chromosome inactivation. Dr. Lee has won many awards and accolades, and was identified as one of America's 20 most promising researchers by the Pew Foundation.

Drs. Goodman and Lee will be honored during the Dean's Dinner, Friday May 10, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Kimmel Center. Please visit our web site for information and tickets.

Perelman School Alumni Now Invited to Join Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association

"As a graduate of both Penn Medicine and the Wharton School, and a member of the WHCMAA Board of Directors, it is a pleasure to announce this opportunity to bridge leading programs across the University of Pennsylvania." J. Bryan Bushick, M'88, WG'89, RES'90


As the career paths of the alumni of the Perelman School of Medicine broaden, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations continues to seek new ways to help them connect with each other as well as with other key contacts from the Penn community. Alumni of the MD/MBA program have enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Penn alumni from many industries after majoring in Health Care Management at the Wharton School while obtaining their MD from the Perelman School. Many alumni of that program are active in the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA). Recognizing the potential for the type of collaboration that is unique, and yet typical of Penn, the WHCMAA has joined with the Perelman School of Medicine's Office of Development and Alumni Relations to offer membership to all alumni of the Perelman School of Medicine.

Perelman School of Medicine networking breakfast at the 2013 Wharton Health Care Business ConferenceThe WHCMAA now includes a diverse and active group of more than 500 members. Just as it is for Perelman School Alumni, it is a priority of the WHCMAA to broaden participation among graduates from across Penn's many schools and programs who are involved in some facet of the health care sector. As a result, all Perelman School graduates are now welcome to join as Affiliate Members.

The Association provides the chance to interact with numerous health care industry professionals during this time of significant and exciting change in the industry.

Member benefits include:

  • Free access to educational and career development webinars. In 2012, 36 webinars were conducted with topics that included:
    • Restructuring health care delivery
    • Health care insurance exchanges
    • Personalized medicine
    • Global pharmaceutical reimbursement
    • Health care financing
  • Reduced rates to attend presentations and networking events that are hosted throughout the country and on occasion, overseas. In 2013 more than 25 of these gatherings are planned, including:
    • Innovative Health Care Delivery Models - Boston
    • Investment in Life Sciences and Medical Technology: Current Challenges and Prospects for the Future - San Francisco
    • Health Care Policy at the Federal and State Level: How New Jersey Is Incorporating Federal Health Care Law - Northern New Jersey
    • State of Health Care Investing: Challenges and Prospects for the Future - New York
    • Networking receptions - Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, Sao Paolo, London
  • Access to the online Wharton Health Care Quarterly Magazine.
  • Pre-registration for the annual WHCMAA alumni conference that is held on Penn's campus in October and is usually limited to 150 participants.

This is a great opportunity to help give and gain insight into the health care system from both a medical and business perspective. The Association provides graduates chances to network with others from across leading programs at Penn and often with other industry contacts.

If you have questions about the opportunity to join the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association, please contact Dave Edwards in the Perelman School of Medicine's Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (215) 898-1034 or

Register for the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association.

A New Season Brings New Lindback Award Winners

This year, two Perelman School of Medicine faculty members won Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching. The winners are Dennis Dlugos, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology, and Katherine Margo, M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. DlugosDr. Dlugos started teaching at Penn Medicine in 1998 and is the director of the school's Brain and Behavior Course. His students value his "uncanny ability to present complex issues in a clear and understandable way."

Dr. MargoDr. Margo has been teaching at Penn Medicine since 2000, and her students hold her teaching ability in high regard. One student said Dr. Margo is "the most supportive teacher I encountered during medical school... Her passion for family medicine and compassion for her patients are always evident, and she truly embodies all the attributes of the ideal physician-educator."

The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching are an annual recognition of standing faculty who exhibit teaching excellence at mid-Atlantic colleges and universities. Winners are nominated by students and faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to Drs. Dlugos and Margo!

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