History and the Endowment
In 1982, Linton
Whitaker, MD, persuaded the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to designate
space for the first Center for Human Appearance
within a university setting. Founded on Dr.
Whitaker's vision, the Center soon found financial
support in the form of a generous endowment from the estate of Edwin Hall II.
Named in memory of Edwin's parents, the Edwin
and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance
(CHA) continues to provide a unique interdisciplinary
approach to the study and treatment of all aspects
of appearance and the quality of life affected
Several years later, in 1988, the Center for Human Appearance at
Penn expanded to become the first multi-specialty center
devoted to all aspects of human appearance — from cosmetic surgery to reconstructive trauma,
cancer and birth defect repair.
Concurrent with these services is research, an integral aspect of the Center. More specifically, research constitutes the Center's main work and focuses on all aspects of appearance including
reconstructive and cosmetic treatment, care of
children and adults, and rehabilitation for those
disabled or disfigured by disease or accident.
The physicians and staff of the Center for Human Appearance at Penn are grateful
for the Halls' generous gift.