Penn Medicine recognizes professionalism as practicing humanistic values in the service of excellence in patient care, research, education, and civic engagement. Professionalism further represents attitudes and behaviors that promote health and well-being at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels. At the forefront of this mission is a commitment to the core tenets of integrity, inclusion, respect, responsibility, altruism, accountability, and empathy alongside a duty to realize scholarship and justice, promote rigorous analysis, and maintain competence, all in the context of meaningful, and ideally joyful, pursuits that sustain and enrich us. Diversity and inclusion are embraced as essential to fostering social equality and eliminating disparities. Taking care of ourselves is understood as necessary to our ability to take care of others. 

We support an ethical model ensuring patient experiences of autonomy, dignity, and access to nondiscriminatory, confidential, compassionate care; research that advances knowledge, protects privacy, and strives to be free from bias and conflict of interest; and an educational framework that encourages original thought, dynamic discourse, and creative discovery.

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD

Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine

Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System

Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine


Kevin B. Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer

University of Pennsylvania Health System