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Media Inquiries & Requests: 215-662-2560

Penn Medicine's Department of Communications serves the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, managing media relations, internal communications, and publications.

Patients seeking appointments or to communicate with their care teams should visit, call 1-800-789-7366 (PENN), or use MyPennMedicine.

Leadership & Administration


Holly Auer

Associate Vice President for Communications

Cell: 215-200-2313




Joan Labranche

Administrative Coordinator



Ylonda Russell

Office Coordinator

Phone: 215-662-2560





Media Relations


Hannah Messinger

Senior News Director

Cell: 267-240-2448

Beats: Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Psychiatry, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Community Engagement & Service, Pharmacology, Sleep Medicine


Alex Gardner

Alex Gardner

Senior Medical Communications Officer

Cell: 215-873-3870

Beats: Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nursing, Urology, Family Medicine and Community Health, Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Biochemistry & Biophysics


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Kelsey Geesler

Senior Medical Communications Officer

Cell: 215-300-1194

Beats: Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Radiology, Microbiology, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology



Frank Otto

Senior Medical Communications Officer

Cell: 267-693-2999

Beats: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Telemedicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Penn Medicine Rittenhouse/Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Center for Health Care Innovation, Physiology, Penn Medicine at Home, Palliative Care, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Multispecialty Ambulatory Facilities


Meagan Raeke

Meagan Raeke

Senior Science Communications Officer

Cell: 267-693-6224

Beats: Cancer, including Hematology-Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery, and Cancer Biology; Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacy


Matt Toal

Matt Toal

Senior Medical Communications Officer

Cell: 267-600-4871

Beats: Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Anesthesiology, Transplant Surgery, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care; Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics




Rachel Ewing

Senior Editorial Director

Cell: 267-584-3496



meredith mann

Meredith Mann

Publications Director

Cell: 267-582-2941



daphne sashin

Daphne Sashin

Publications Manager

Cell: 215-789-0172



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Julie Wood

Communications Specialist

Cell: 215-834-8604




Internal Communications

Debbie Foster

Senior Director of Internal Communications

Cell: 215-203-6593


Dinah Schuster

Associate Director, Internal Communications

Cell: 215-520-7227


Krista Mendillo 

Manager, Internal Communications


Lauren Malecki 

Manager, Internal Communications


Nicole Fullerton 

Organizational Change Communications Specialist


Tristan Epps 

Internal Communications Specialist


James Bizzell 

Multimedia Designer


Keira Hackman

Multimedia Designer


Regional Hospital Entities

Colleen Leonard Leyden

Chester County Hospital

Phone: 610-431-5699


John Lines

Lancaster General Health

Phone: 717-468-8303


Carol Norris-Smith

Penn Medicine Princeton Health

Phone: 609-252-8795




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