Letter from the Chair

Frances Jensen, MD, FACP

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Health System! In Neurology, we work to develop effective treatments and therapies which requires the expertise, dedication and cooperation of scientists from many fields of research to treat basic and complex neurological disorders. Established in 1871, by Dr. Horatio Wood, the Department of the Neurology is the oldest Department in the country with a history of excellence in patient care, research and education in both adult and pediatric neurology. Today, Penn Neurology faculty members are engaged in groundbreaking research and clinical trials involving many complex neurological disorders. The Department includes over 130 full-time and associated faculty with a full range of clinical activities, based at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM), University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The Department and its residency programs at Penn and CHOP have been ranked highest in the region for Neurology by U.S. News and World Report and overall the clinical specialties at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania have been consistently ranked among the nation's best. It has been in the top ten Neurology Departments with respect to NIH funding during the last ten years. We have active research programs in Alzheimer's Disease, Fronto-temporal Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Stroke, Cognitive/Behavioral Neurology, Neuromuscular Disease and ALS,  Autoimmune Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuro-oncology, Neurovirology, Functional neuroimaging and more! 

The Department has a long tradition of excellence in the education of future leaders in the field of neurology. Its educational programs are highly acclaimed and the residency program is considered one of the best in the country, offering the opportunity to work with the leaders in neurological care and research, utilizing state-of-the-art resources, backed by a world-renowned medical center. The program is fully accredited for 39 Residents in adult and 15 Residents in pediatric neurology and is approved by the ACGME for 10 years. Eighty-five percent of Residents trained in the last 25 years currently hold academic positions. Additionally, there are a wide range of fellowships. Flexibility within the program allows for opportunities for trainees to participate in clinical and basic science research.

We have a total of 17 divisions/programs:

An emphasis for integration exists at Penn in both in the clinical and research domains. Our locations include an integrated Penn Neuroscience Center in the South Perelman Extension at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, at Penn Medicine at University City, and the Penn Neurological Institute at Pennsylvania Hospital in Center City. Neurology faculty research laboratories are embedded in laboratory space at both Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania, to enhance campus-wide collaborations.  Neurology department faculty can also access resources through the Penn Medicine Translational Neuroscience Center (PTNC), which enables T1 through T3 translational research for all members of the Penn Neuroscience community. 

Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, accomplishments and research within the Department.

Best Regards, 

Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP
Professor of Neurology
Chair, Department of Neurology