May 18, 2009

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Invitation to Cover: Penn School of Medicine Graduates Class of 2009

Three Graduates Celebrate Being Part of Multi-Generational Penn Medicine Family

PHILADELPHIA – As part of a memorable rite of passage, students from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine will receive diplomas, awards and recite the Hippocratic Oath for the first time as new doctors.  Of the 151 graduates, three students are children of parents who are Penn Medicine physicians. These families include:

  • Elizabeth Evans – daughter of Penn Medicine professor and chair of Psychiatry, Dwight Evans, MD – is graduating and heading to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell for a psychiatry residency.
  • Tamar Gur – daughter of Neuropsychiatry program co-directors, Ruben Gur, PhD and Raquel Gur, MD, PhD – will perform a psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Sara Samini – daughter of Soraya Abbasi, MD, a neonatologist at Pennsylvania Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – is going to Pennsylvania Hospital for a preliminary year in medicine before completing her Dermatology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Kimmel Center
260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Monday, May 18
8 – 10 p.m.

8:00   PM


8:05   PM
8:15   PM
8:45   PM
9:45   PM
10:00 PM

Opening remarks
Graduation address given by Dr. Christine K. Cassel
Presentation of diplomas and hoods
Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath


  • Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. Dr. Cassel is a leading expert in geriatric medicine, medical ethics and quality of care. She has achieved a number of firsts for women in medicine – she was the first female board chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1995 - 1996, the first female President of the American College of Physicians from 1996 - 1997 and the first female dean of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon in 2002.  An active scholar and lecturer, she is the author or co-author of 14 books and more than 150 journal articles on geriatric medicine, aging, bioethics and health policy.



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 #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to the National Institutes of Health, received over $366 million in NIH grants (excluding contracts) in the 2008 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, named one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. 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.

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