Dr. Samuel Parry Named Interim Chair of Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

September 6, 2019

To:Penn Medicine Colleagues

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

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Samuel Parry will serve as the interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He will assume this role beginning October 1st, as Dr. Deborah Driscoll transitions into her new leadership positions as SVP for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania and Vice Dean for Professional Services.

Dr. Parry currently serves as Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Franklin Payne Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he earned degrees in biology and philosophy. Sam earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his OB/GYN residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Parry came to Penn for fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine, and has served on the faculty here for the past 20 years. In his role as Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine beginning in 2005, he has overseen a growing division that has been designated as one of 12 clinical sites by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal Fetal Medicine Network and one of six March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers. His research expertise focuses on factors influencing preterm birth as well as the impact of maternal infections during pregnancy. He has also served as the director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship program.

Sam will lead a department of 75 faculty members who make up the Philadelphia region’s most robust and experienced department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with nationally renowned excellence in patient care, education of new physicians in the field, and research on women’s health and reproduction.

We will begin a national search for a department chair beginning this fall with additional details to follow.

Please join us in congratulating Sam and thanking him for taking on this interim role.