Meet a PennMedicine Researcher
Michael S. Parmacek, MD
Michael S. Parmacek, MD, Herbert C. Rorer Professor in Medical Sciences, is a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular biology and medicine. He has distinguished himself in a number of leadership roles institutionally and nationally, including the Advisory Council of the NIH/NHLBI, division chief of cardiovascular medicine, Founding Director of Penn Medicine’s Cardiovascular Institute, and interim chair of the department of medicine.
Dr. Parmacek is described as an inspiring and compassionate leader and mentor and an outstanding role model for “celebrating family while pursuing a rigorous academic career.” His mentees, in and outside his division, comment on his ability to mentor over the course of a career and to work closely with them on plans for strategic career development. He is known for his “beguiling charm, dry wit and disarming frankness.” A number of mentees note his ability to be straightforward and honest “even when the conversation is difficult” and to provide criticism without offense. Dr. Parmacek is often described as selfless, as one who tenaciously seeks out resources to provide a supportive environment for his mentees to thrive. He is able to identify potential in his mentees and inspires them to “take risks and to move outside their comfort zones” and to create their own opportunities. A number of his mentees have moved into leadership positions and credit him and his mentoring with helping them to develop the skill sets to advance their careers. Dr. Parmacek is described as a great listener, a trusted advisor, a tireless advocate, and one who “always delivers on what he promises.”