Reappointment of Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, as Department of Pediatrics Chair

January 31, 2020

To:CHOP and Penn Medicine Faculty, Students and Staff

From:J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Madeline Bell

We are pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Joseph St. Geme for a second six-year term as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine. The reappointment follows a review process last year that included an extensive self-study, joint Penn/CHOP internal committee review, and external review by three international leaders in the field.

The Department of Pediatrics at CHOP/Penn has 18 clinical divisions with over 800 physicians, more than 400 of whom hold Penn faculty appointments. The Department is widely recognized as one of the premier Pediatric programs in the country, ranked #1 in 2019-2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

Strong nationally recognized programs distinguish all areas of the Department’s academic, clinical and education missions. Under Dr. St. Geme’s leadership, the Department has expanded CHOP’s clinical programs, which provide exceptional patient care across the wide range of clinical services, with a sharp focus on quality improvement and harm prevention. The research enterprise is also extremely strong in the basic, translational and clinical areas. Notably, the Frontier Programs initiative, launched in 2015, has been highly effective in developing internationally recognized translational centers of excellence. At the same time, the Department maintains a robust educational ecosystem, training some of the most talented medical students, residents and fellows in the country.

Numerous clinical, research and educational initiatives launched during Dr. St. Geme’s first term have positioned the Department for future growth and expanded impact. These efforts include the establishment of an Education Committee and appointment of a new Associate Chair of Education; creation of the CHOP Physician Well-Being initiative, significant development of mentoring programs throughout the Department, and the formation of an outstanding leadership team.

We look forward to working with Dr. St. Geme and his team to further enhance the Department’s preeminence in the coming years, and ask that you join us in congratulating him on his reappointment.