Media Resources and Contacts


Penn Medicine’s Department of Communications manages communications for the Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. We work with the news media and publish a variety of internal and external publications, aiming to promote the reputation of the institution and its physicians, scientists, and staff, as well as creating awareness of the educational, research, and patient care activities in progress throughout Penn Medicine.

Our Media Relations and Publications divisions are committed to serving all of the communications needs of Penn Medicine — including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC), Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) and other entities— as well as the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM).

We are dedicated to quickly responding to the information needs of the news media, and encourage members of the press to call our office with questions about the Health System or School of Medicine or requests for interviews with experts. Visit our staff beat list to find information on contacts for specific subjects.

Patients seeking doctors or appointments should visit or call 1-800-789-7366 (PENN).

For media inquiries relating to Chester County Hospital, contact Colleen Leonard Leyden at or (610) 431-5699.

For media inquiries relating to Lancaster General Health, contact John Lines at or (717) 468-8303.

View Penn Medicine's Media Guidelines

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    Holly Auer

    Director of Communications

    Phone: 215-349-5659

    Cell: 215-200-2313

    Holly came to Penn Medicine in 2007 following six years as a newspaper health care reporter. She previously worked for The Buffalo News, The Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C. and the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., and freelanced for magazines including Glamour, Self and Prevention. She is the recipient of numerous national and statewide awards for her writing and editing as both a journalist and a public relations professional. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she majored in magazine journalism, and she earned a master’s degree in bioethics at Penn in 2009. She handled media relations for Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center beginning in 2008, and continues to oversee communications related to Penn Medicine’s research using personalized cellular therapy to treat blood cancers.

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    Katie Delach

    Assistant Director, Strategic Communications

    Phone: (215) 349-5964

    Cell: (215) 776-6063

    Katie joined Penn Medicine in 2011 with more than five years of experience working in media relations, communications and public relations. In previous positions, she was responsible for content development, media and public relations strategy and outreach on behalf of clients in healthcare, technology and education. Her experience includes developing traditional, social media and grassroots campaigns, and conducting press outreach for product launches, thought leadership campaigns, and conferences. Katie received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 2004, and a Master of Science in Public Relations from Boston University in 2007.


    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Women’s Cancers
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
    • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
    • General Internal Medicine
    • Medical Ethics and Health Policy
    • Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
    • Psychiatry
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Anesthesiology
    • Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care
    • Gastrointestinal Medicine
    • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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    Abbey Hunton (formerly Anderson)

    Senior Medical Communications Officer

    Phone: 215-349-8369

    Abbey joins Penn Medicine with a professional portfolio that includes media relations and branding work for health care, higher education, technology, and athletics clients. With five years of experience both in-house and in the agency world, Abbey has developed a rich knowledge of traditional media relations, internal and external communications strategy, social media, and special events. Abbey holds a BA in corporate communications from Elizabethtown College.


    • Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Sports Medicine
    • Transplant Surgery
    • Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Center for Weight and Eating Disorders
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse/Good Shepherd Penn Partners
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    Johanna Harvey

    Senior Medical Communications Officer

    Phone: 215-349-8062

    Cell: 215-873-3870

    Johanna brings more than 10 years of experience in public health communications and media relations to Penn Medicine. In previous positions, she led the media and communications strategy on behalf of global health nonprofits with a focus on HIV/AIDS, vaccine research and development, and infectious and neglected tropical diseases. Her experience also includes developing communication strategies for advocacy and grassroots campaigns, celebrity engagement, and special event management. Johanna graduated from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a dual degree in Communications and Spanish Language and she holds an MA in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University.


    • Pennsylvania Hospital
    • Global Health
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Medical Education
    • Graduate Medical Education
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    John Infanti

    Senior Medical Communications Officer

    Phone: 215-349-5660

    Cell: 215-301-5221

    John joined Penn Medicine after almost a decade in TV news. His work as a producer took him from Scranton to Pittsburgh, where he won an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award, and finally to Philadelphia. During his time in the newsroom, John covered presidential elections, Papal visits, G20 Conventions, Stanley Cups, Super Bowls, and a variety of breaking news topics. John is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.


    • Hematology-Oncology
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery
    • Otorhinolaryngology
    • Dermatology
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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    Karen Kreeger

    Senior Science Communications Manager

    Phone: 215-349-5658

    Cell: 215-459-0544

    Karen is responsible for disseminating information about the discoveries from the basic science departments within the School of Medicine. Karen previously held this position in the late 1990s.

    Karen has held positions in both public affairs and science and medical writing. She was senior editor at The Scientist, as well as maintained a freelance communications business for several years, writing for such clients as Nature, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the Wistar Institute.

    Karen holds an MS in Scientific and Technical Communication from Oregon State University (1992) and an MS in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware (1985). She is also an author of a book on non-traditional careers in science.


    • Biochemistry and Biophysics
    • Cancer Biology
    • Cell and Developmental Biology
    • Genetics
    • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Neuroscience
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
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    Greg Richter

    Senior Medical Communications Officer

    Phone: 215-614-1937

    Cell: 215-327-2203

    Greg's internal and external communications experience includes media relations, editing and writing for digital and print publications, crisis communications, social media campaigns, special events, spokesperson training and community relations. Greg earned bachelor's and master's degrees in public relations from Rowan University. Before his roles at Penn Medicine, Greg served as a public relations writer in Rowan's Office of Media and Public Relations for Rowan's College of Engineering.


    • Urology
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Radiology
    • Family Medicine and Community Health
    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    • Rheumatology
    • Diversity Issues
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy
    • Clinical Care Associates and Penn Medicine Affiliates (Cherry Hill, Radnor, Valley Forge)
    • Penn Medicine in the Community
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    Ylonda Russell

    Office Manager

    Phone: 215-662-2560

    Ylonda has been providing administrative support for the Department of Communications since October 2000. She coordinates the day-to-day operations of the department, handles budget development, invoice processing, front office reception and outgoing/incoming mail. She also assists in web research; maintenance of appropriate inventory; composes, reviews and edits documents; organizes and maintains files and databases; and general clerical support.

    Ylonda has been with the Health System for more than 10 years and was previously with the Department of Dermatology.

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    Sally Sapega

    Director, Internal Publications

    Phone: 215-662-4488

    Cell: 610-416-6498

    Sally Sapega serves as editor of both HUPdate, the monthly employee publication of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and System News, the internal publication for UPHS. In this role, she is responsible for seeking out story ideas, writing articles, taking photographs for stories, and coordinating both the design and the distribution for both publications. As director of Internal Publications, she also oversees the production of employee publications for both Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Prior to joining Communications, Sally worked in Penn Medicine’s Department of Marketing and Strategic Support, where she was responsible for producing a variety of marketing tools to promote hospital services to consumer audiences. In addition, she planned special events, such as seminars and health fairs.

    Sally holds a BA in Communications from Simmons College and graduated from Rowan University with a master’s in Public Relations.

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    Rachel Ewing

    Penn Medicine Magazine Editor

    Phone: 215-662-4802

    Rachel Ewing oversees all aspects of Penn Medicine magazine, the organization’s flagship publication for all major external constituencies, including alumni of the Perelman School of Medicine, leadership at top academic colleges and health systems, health care thought leaders, members of the media, elected officials and their staff, current and prospective donors, and a variety of other groups. She conceptualizes and manages all aspects of the production process for the magazine, including management of graphic designers, photographers, freelance writers, and other contributors.

    Rachel re-joined the Penn Medicine Department of Communications in this role following experience with science and medical writing and public relations at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and at Drexel University. Her prior work at Penn Medicine focused on digital communications, social media, and special projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brandeis University and master’s degrees in science communication and publication management from Drexel University.

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    MaryKate Wust

    Communications Specialist

    Phone: (215) 662-6183

    MaryKate Wust joined Penn Medicine in 2017. Her experience in print and digital communications has largely been characterized by her wearing many hats — often all at once. She currently serves as the editor of the Presby Bulletin and What’s New, the monthly internal publications for Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, respectively. She also contributes to the health system-wide publication System News and oversees the daily news clip round-up, Penn Medicine in the News. As the department’s “all-purpose infielder,” she also has a hand in social media, graphic design, and web management. MaryKate received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Susquehanna University in 2015.

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