(Philadelphia, PA) – Dell R. Burkey,
MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and
Critical Care for the University of Pennsylvania Health
System (UPHS), has been elected the 145th president of
the Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS). The official inauguration
will take place June 23, 2006, at the Philadelphia Country Club
in Gladwyne, PA. Founded in 1849, PCMS is one of the oldest medical
societies in the state, boasting over 3,500 members, including residents
and medical students.
The purpose of PCMS is to unite with similar societies to form
and maintain the Pennsylvania Medical Society; to elevate and maintain
the standards of medical education; to uphold the ethics and dignity
of the medical profession; and to protect the rights and interests
Following 20 years in private practice, Burkey has spent the past
six years as a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology and
critical care within UPHS. Over that time he has also served on
various committees not only for PCMS, but for the Pennsylvania Medical
society as well, most notably as chairman of the Pennsylvania Medical
Society’s Political Action Committee (PAMPAC).
“I’m comfortable in a leadership role, especially where
politics are concerned,” said Burkey. “My experience
with PAMPAC should help in dealing with the two biggest threats
to Philadelphia’s physicians -- liability and reimbursement.
The only way you can change these two aspects is through the political
process, which I am prepared to do.
Burkey’s responsibilities will not end in the political arena.
Besides presiding over the society’s meetings, Burkey will
act as liaison to local physicians seeking assistance on a variety
of topics. He will also be instrumental in fostering collaborations
among physicians and securing and administering grant funding.
“It certainly is a daunting task,” Burkey said. “This
position will give me access to inner circles of different segments
of the society. I will be involved in a variety of ways not only
locally, but on a state level as well. I hope the information I
receive on these different levels can be used to evaluate and inform
the society’s doctors on the best way to proceed as a group.
It’s a complex position and to assure success you need someone
with a lot of experience. I feel very up to the task.”
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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.