March 3, 2009

CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
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Stephanie W. Naidoff, Esq., Joins Penn Medicine Board

PHILADELPHIA – Stephanie W. Naidoff, Esq., former director of Commerce and City Representative for the City of Philadelphia, has been elected to the Board of Penn Medicine.

Ms. Naidoff is the Founding President of the Philadelphia Women’s Forum, an Honorary Director of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Board of Directors of the Avenue of the Arts Inc. She has served in leadership roles in many Philadelphia organizations including the William Penn Foundation, Free Library of Philadelphia, African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. In recognition of her extensive community leadership, Ms. Naidoff was named a Distinguished Daughter of Philadelphia in October 2008. In addition to her civic leadership, Ms. Naidoff also served as Vice President and General Counsel for Thomas Jefferson University from 1981 through 1994.

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PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2009/03/naidoff-board-appointment.html