October 10, 2006
CONTACT: Karen Kreeger
Three Penn School of Medicine Faculty Named to Institute of Medicine
(Philadelphia, PA) - Three professors at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine were elected yesterday as members of the Institute
of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation’s highest honors in biomedicine.
The new members bring Penn’s total to 58, out of over 1500 worldwide.
Overall, 65 new members were named this year.
The new Penn IOM members are:
Dr. Becker is newly recruited from the University of Chicago where he
was the founder and Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at
the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He comes to
Penn to establish a new interdisciplinary research program in resuscitation
science to treat sudden death from cardiac arrest and trauma. He is developing
a diverse team of scientists, clinicians, and engineers focused on understanding
the basic science of ischemia/reperfusion; translating basic science into
understanding the human determinants of life and death; engineering new
life-saving devices; and making new discoveries for extending the window
of successful resuscitation.
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, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; 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.