(Philadelphia, PA) – Judd Hollander,
MD, Clinical Research Director for the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania’s (HUP) Emergency
Department, has been elected President of the Society for Academic
Emergency Medicine (SAEM). With more than 6,000 members, SAEM is
the nation’s largest academic emergency group.
SAEM focuses on improving patient care and fostering emergency
medicine’s academic environment through research, education,
and health policy.
Hollander will serve a three-year term, the first as president-elect.
Since 1993 Hollander has been a very active contributor to the society.
He has served on the Board of Directors and chaired multiple committees,
including the Program Committee, which conducts the annual meeting.
Serving in these high-profile positions along with his reputation
for emergency research excellence made Hollander a prime candidate
for the presidency.
“It’s a nice thing, being able to put your stamp on
the organization,” said Hollander. “I have worked for
the organization since the early nineties in a variety of roles
so it is rewarding that people have recognized what I have done
and have faith in me going forward.”
Traditionally, securing funding for research in emergency medicine
has proven difficult. The National Institute of Health has limited
funding for emergency medicine research, which forces researchers
to look for funding from various institutions interested in the
importance of emergency care. Finding and obtaining these additional
revenue streams will be Hollander’s top priority.
Hollander’s responsibilities will not end in the search for
more funding. As President of SAEM he will oversee the Board of
Directors, troubleshoot issues that arise with other organizations
and within the membership, preside over the national meeting, and
move the whole society forward with respect to research and education.
His years of service to the society aside, Hollander believes it
is the years serving as an Attending Physician in one of the nation’s
busiest emergency departments that has prepared him for the job
“Someone once said to me if you want help for something look
for the busiest person around because they are the person who is
most likely to know how to do something and be able help. I really
hope people look at me that way.”
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
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 &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
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
leaders of academic medicine.
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.