||Members of Penn’s Transplant Center
will participate in the Gift of Life’s Annual Dash Race
for Organ Donor Awareness.
||In addition to dozens of Penn Transplant recipients and donors,
members of Penn Transplant Center’s care team will also
be there – including Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD,
Chief, Transplant Surgery; Kim Olthoff, MD,
Liver Surgical Director; James Markmann, MD, PhD,
Pancreas Surgical Director; Roy Bloom, MD,
Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Program; Alberto
Pochettino, MD, Lung Surgical Director; Vivek
Ahya, MD, Medical Director of Lung Program; Robert
Kotloff, MD, Chief, Section of Advanced Lung Disease
and Transplant; Mariell Jessup, MD, Medical
Director of Heart Program; Susan Brozena, MD,
Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Ambulatory Care
||10 AM: Sunday, April 23rd
||All races begin in front of the steps of the Philadelphia
Museum of Art. Penn’s Transplant table and meeting place
will be to the right of the steps, look for the PENN banner.
In its 11th year, the Dash Race for Organ Donor Awareness continues
to be a big draw. As one of the nation’s leading transplant
centers, Penn is proud to support this most worthy cause. This year’s
race is extra special to Penn because it is the first since the
Transplant Center announced its Transplant House Initiative. The
Penn Transplant House will be a facility near the Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania that will provide low-cost temporary
housing for transplant patients and their families. It will be the
first of its kind in Philadelphia. “The Transplant House is
a much needed investment,” Shaked said. “As our organ
transplant programs continue to expand we are seeing patients coming
from greater and greater distances to take advantage of our expertise.
The Transplant House will help ease the financial and emotional
burden for many of our patients and families.”
This event will be held rain or shine. Penn’s Transplant
Center is a proud sponsor of the race.
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research, and high-quality 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 ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
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schools. Supporting 1,400 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
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The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is
consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll"
hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital,
the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center];
a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.