Why Penn? It’s a question I’ve been asked by quite a few people since I decided to leave a wonderful job at another first-rate institution and move 1,500 miles to Philadelphia.
My answer is simple: Penn Medicine is special.
Penn Medicine is the seamless combination of an outstanding medical school in a world-class research university with an extraordinary health system that includes three academic medical centers in Philadelphia (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Pennsylvania Hospital, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center), three regional medical centers in surrounding communities, as well as numerous clinics, outpatient centers, and affiliated hospitals.
And our health system is expanding, with impressive construction projects recently completed or underway, including the new East Pavilion for HUP. This soon-to-be completed 1.5 million square foot, 17-story facility will serve as the home for Penn Neurosurgery in our flagship hospital. It will feature brand new neurosurgical patient care units and 10 new neurosurgical operating rooms, including the latest endovascular, endoscopic, minimally invasive, and intraoperative MRI technologies.
Thanks to the leadership of my predecessor as Chair of Neurosurgery, Dr. Sean Grady, the department I am joining is in great shape. The level of clinical neurosurgery at Penn is simply terrific. The Department’s research programs rank 9th in the nation in NIH funding. And our neurosurgery training programs are among the best in the world. I am energized to build on this existing level of excellence.
Throughout my career, I’ve learned many valuable lessons from my patients, mentors and peers. Among these is the importance of culture. At Penn Neurosurgery, we will foster an environment within our Department that encourages and enables talented people to do great things. We will transition our mindset to one of greater sub-specialization, and we will function as a team of highly-focused clinicians and researchers who specialize in areas of unique expertise. It has been my experience that when we concentrate our efforts—and defer appropriately to our expert colleagues—the result is a program that delivers the very highest levels of patient care and innovation.
The final piece of our vision for the future is gratitude. This is a foundational element for many cultures and one which I believe is crucial for us as physicians and scientists. It is a tremendous privilege to study the complexities of the brain or spine, and to have patients place their lives in our hands. We must remember always to show our gratitude to patients and families for trusting in us, and to our colleagues and staff who support us in our important work.
Daniel Yoshor, MD
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Vice President, Clinical Integration and Innovation