Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Pendergrass Day ~ June 14, 2019

Welcome to the Pendergrass Day website.  Here you will find information related to this year's daytime symposium and evening festivities taking place on Friday, June 14, 2019. This year's symposium will be at the Jordan Medical Education Center Law Auditorium & Lobby.


Dr. Stanley Baum started the tradition of the Pendergrass Symposium in 1976 wanting to mark the end of the academic year with a luminary speaker. Through the decades, the Department has invited world-renowned speakers to deliver the Pendergrass Lecture.  In 2008, the Department added two additional components to the Symposium.
The Charagundla Lecture was added to honor the life of Sridhar R. Charagundla, MD, Ph.D., a promising young faculty member and former trainee of the department who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 35.  He was a rising star in academic Radiology, known for his innovative work at the interface of imaging science and clinical medicine.
In the spirit of Dr. Charagundla, that same year we started the tradition of inviting our research trainees and house staff to submit one-page abstracts describing research projects they performed while at Penn.  A faculty committee reviews and ranks each submission.  The top nine are invited to give short oral presentations at the Symposium, and others are invited to present posters.  From the top nine, the paper that most exemplifies the outstanding research completed by a trainee receives the honor of delivering the Charagundla Lecture.