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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

Holly Auer leads the Penn Medicine Department of Communications including Media Relations, Publications, and Internal Communications divisions.






Joan Labranche

Administrative Coordinator



Ylonda Russell

Office Coordinator

Phone: 215-662-2560







Media Relations


Hannah Messinger

Senior News Director

Cell: 267-240-2448





Eric Horvath
Eric Horvath

Associate News Director

Cell: 215-821-4289

Beats: Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Community Engagement & Service, Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Pharmacology



Jonathan B. Waller

Jonathan B. Waller

Communications Manager

Cell: 267-254-8643

Beats: Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion






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, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, 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







julie wood


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: 215-520-6593


Krista Mendillo
Manager, Internal Communications


Lauren Malecki
Lauren Malecki
Manager, Internal Communications








Nicole Fullerton
Nicole Fullerton
Organizational Change Communications Specialist








Tristan Epps
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



Carol Norris-Smith
Penn Medicine Princeton Health



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