Leadership Transitions for Drs. Deborah A. Driscoll and Peter D. Quinn

September 5, 2019

To:Penn Medicine Colleagues

From:J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Kevin B. Mahoney

We are writing to share two exciting leadership transitions that will serve as cornerstones of our strategy for both inpatient and ambulatory care as we prepare for a series of transformational clinical facility openings over the next several years.

Dr. Deborah A. Driscoll will become the Senior Vice President for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP) and Vice Dean for Professional Services in the Perelman School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Driscoll will lead CPUP’s departmental practice plans and have executive oversight for all strategic, operational, financial and clinical aspects of the organization.

Dr. Driscoll is widely recognized as a transformative leader, serving for the past 14 years as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she has helped to build one of the most highly regarded OB/GYN departments in the country for research, clinical programs and teaching. During her tenure, she has developed numerous innovative programs addressing issues ranging from pregnancy loss and family planning to premature birth and remote monitoring for new mothers, and in her personal research portfolio she has made key research contributions to the understanding of familial genetic disorders. Debbie has also played a vital role in the mentoring and career development of faculty, residents and fellows, promoting leadership development and strengthening our culture of safety and the patient experience in both her department and as Chair of the CPUP Clinical Operations Committee. She also served as co-chair of the Penn Medicine Strategic Planning Committee, architects of our Shaping the Future of Medicine strategic plan that helped set a course for Penn Medicine, resulting in significant achievement across all mission areas.

An announcement regarding interim leadership for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be made in the coming days.

We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Peter D. Quinn will be transitioning from his current role to become Chief Physician Executive for the Penn Medicine Medical Group (PMMG). PMMG, created in 2017 as a unified organization for all of our physicians in primary care, different specialties, and with various hospital affiliations, is a key prong of our strategy to ensure fully integrated clinical operations across our growing health system.

We are thrilled that Peter will bring his highly successful physician leadership experience to this new role. Since assuming his present role as Senior Vice President in 2008, Peter has led the CPUP organization through a period of significant growth and evolution, resulting in countless successes across mission-critical areas related to clinical care and operational performance.  Working together with the CPUP Board of Directors and Executive Director, Beth Johnston, Peter led the organization during a decade marked by record growth of our faculty, incredible gains in financial and operating performance, and the opening of multiple world-class ambulatory facilities. We are grateful for the many contributions Peter has made to CPUP and Penn Medicine that have played a significant part in securing the position of strength we find ourselves in today.

Both Dr. Driscoll and Dr. Quinn will assume their new positions effective October 1, 2019. Penn Medicine is fortunate to have such experienced and deeply respected physician leaders – both dedicated citizens of Penn for many decades, dating back to their training – in these important roles. Building on their longstanding collaboration in their previous roles, Debbie and Peter will also serve as partners as PMMG continues to grow and evolve, and to ensure that our regional entity partners are aligned with CPUP.

Please join us in congratulating both Debbie and Peter and supporting them in these new roles.