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The University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.
At Penn academic excellence, as well as compassion for the patients we are privileged to serve, are stressed. Skillful compassion is truly a hallmark of the Penn learning experience. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania consistently ranks among the top five in US News and World Report's rankings of research-oriented medical schools.
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With over 1,700 full-time members, including 550 full-time training members, Penn's faculty has an outstanding regional and national reputation. Our researchers rank second in the nation among academic medical centers in NIH research funding with an average of $500M in annual support. Sixty-eight members of the Penn family have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The national publication The Best Doctors in America includes more specialists from Penn than from any other health system in the Delaware Valley. 134 Penn physicians - out of a total of 366 - were included in Philadelphia magazine's Top Doctors 2008. In the last year, Penn faculty members were awarded 33 patents for their research efforts. To learn more about individual faculty members, please enter a name, keyword, or phrase here.
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Research Overview Strategic Focus
The Perelman School of Medicine is an internationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and therapies to improve human health, and in the training of the next generation of scientific leaders.
The scope of the School's research enterprise is broad, encompassing all areas of contemporary biomedical investigation, and yet is unified on a single campus. The School comprises 28 basic and clinical departments, and more than 1,700 faculty members and 2,200 students and trainees. In fiscal year 2010, the School received $583 million in support for its research activities from extramural sponsors, including $408 million from the National Institutes of Health, ranking third in the nation among all academic medical institutions.
While the School emphasizes basic scientific research, building on this, the School engages in a coordinated effort across scientific disciplines to translate new knowledge into clinical therapies that positively impact patient care. Within its diverse network of expertise and resources, the Perelman School of Medicine fosters a culture of cross-departmental and inter-school collaboration, with 18 Centers and Institutes. Examples include the Abramson Cancer Center, the Penn Cardiovascular Institute, the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, and the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center.
Joining with colleagues throughout the University in pursuit of the Penn Compact, faculty in the Perelman School of Medicine devote their lives to excellence in teaching, research and service to society, for the benefit of the communities -- both local and global -- that Penn serves.
The school's young founder, John Morgan, was among the school's Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England educated faculty. In 1765, after spending five years training in London and Edinburgh, Dr. Morgan returned to Philadelphia and persuaded the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to found the first medical school in America. Shortly thereafter, he delivered an address, "Upon the Insitution of Medical Schools in America" during which he expressed his desire for the new medical school to become a model institution:
Perhaps this medical institution, the first of its kind in America, though small in its beginning, may receive a constant increase of strength, and annually exert new vigor. It may collect a number of young persons of more ordinary abilities, and so improve their knowledge as to spread its reputation to different parts. By sending these abroad duly qualified, or by exciting an emulation amongst men of parts and literature, it may give birth to other useful institutions of a similar nature, or occasional rise, by its example to numerous societies of different kinds, calculated to spread the light of knowledge through the whole American continent, wherever inhabited.
That autumn, students enrolled for "anatomical lectures" and a course on "the theory and practice of physick." Modeling the School after the University of Edinburgh, the need for supplemental medical lectures with bedside teaching was emphasized, which was satisfied by practitioners at the Pennsylvania Hospital.
The School of Medicine's faculty was nationally renowned: Benjamin Rush (medicine), Philip Syng Physick (surgery), Robert Hare (chemistry), and, around the 1850s, William Pepper (medicine) and Joseph Leidy (anatomy). In 1847, the group of physicians who organized the American Medical Association effectively gave recognition to the School's fame by naming the AMA's first president Nathaniel Chapman, Professor of Medicine at the School.
On May 10, 2011 university president Amy Gutmann announced that the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine will be officially renamed the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of a $225 million contribution made to the medical school by Raymond G. Perelman, 93, a Philadelphia based philanthropist and father of billionaire Ronald Perelman. This sets the record as the largest donation given in U.S. history to rename a medical school. Together with a $25 million contribution made in 2005 to create the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the Perelman family contribution to the medical school to date is approximately $250 million. Note that the short version of the name, Perelman School of Medicine, is also an official name of the school.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the School of Medicine was one of the earliest to encourage the development of the emerging medical specialties: neurosurgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, and radiology. Between 1910 and 1939, the chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, Alfred Newton Richards, played a significant role in developing the University as an authority of medical science, helping the United States to catch up with European medicine and begin to make significant advances in biomedical science.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Dr. Jonathon E. Rhoads of the Department of Surgery (which he would later go on to head for many years), mentored Dr. Stanley Dudrick who pioneered the successful use of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for patients unable to tolerate nutrition through their GI tract.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. C. William Schwab, a trauma surgeon, led numerous advances in the concept of damage control surgery for severely injured trauma patients.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, lead the scientific advances behind the modern RotaTeq vaccine for infectious childhood diarrhea.
In 2006, Drs. Kaplan and Shore of the Department of Orthopedics discovered the causative mutation in fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, an extremely rare disease of bone
A Conversation with recent Perelman School of Medicine graduate Jason Hurd, M'12
Jason originally hails from Montana and completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton. Jason is emblematic of the brilliant students who graduate every year from Penn Medicine.
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