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September 23, 2003

Deborah Julie Franklin, MD, PhD, Appointed Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) - Deborah Julie Franklin, PhD, MD, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Franklin is presently partnered in a clinical practice with Keith Robinson, MD, Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Recipient of a Harrison Fund Fellowship in cancer rehabilitation in 2001 from Pennsylvania Hospital, Franklin has continued to focus her clinical work in this area. An accomplished Ashtanga yoga instructor, she is working on incorporating various movement therapies into physiatric recommendations.

Franklin attended Harvard University where she earned her BA in 1986, and she earned both her PhD and MD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Cancer Rehabilitation SIG and part of the Cancer Executive Committee at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center.

She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences and is currently teaching bioethics through the History and Sociology of Science department.

Her research has been published in Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She has also lectured on a variety of topics over the last three years including cancer rehabilitation and the history of the neurosciences.


PENN Medicine is a $2.2 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 (created in 1993 as the nation's first integrated academic health system).

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 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.

Penn Health System consists of four hospitals (including its flagship Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation's "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report), a faculty practice plan, a primary-care provider network, three multispecialty satellite facilities, and home health care and hospice.

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