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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 by it.

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.


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