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.

For media inquiries relating to Penn Medicine Princeton Health, contact Carol Norris-Smith or (609) 252-8795

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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    Abbey Hunton (formerly Anderson)

    Associate Director, News

    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.


    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Sports Medicine
    • Rheumatology
    • Global Health
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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
    • Penn Medicine Business & Development
    • 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
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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
    • Government and Community Affairs
    • Pennsylvania Hospital
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    Mike Iorfino

    Senior Medical Communications Officer

    Phone: 215-349-5825

    Cell: 267-588-5939

    Mike joined Penn Medicine in 2018 with more than seven years of journalism and communications experience. In previous positions, he worked with a variety of pharmaceutical and healthcare clients to develop strategic communications and promote thought leadership on critical industry issues. Mike began his career as a healthcare and business reporter at the Scranton Times-Tribune, where he covered everything from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act to the implementation of electronic health record systems. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he received a BA in Communications.


    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Transplant Surgery
    • Anesthesiology
    • Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care
    • 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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    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
    • Infectious Diseases
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    Hannah Messinger

    Senior Medical Communications Officer

    Phone: 215-349-5653

    Cell: 267-240-2448

    Hannah joins Penn Medicine with more than seven years of communications and marketing experience. Hannah brings strong media relations, executive positioning, internal communications, and social media expertise to the organization. In previous positions, she worked with a wide variety of clients to develop strategic communications and thought leadership programs in the higher education, technology, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors. Hannah is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and College of Arts and Sciences where she earned a dual degree in public relations and psychology.


    • Medical Education
    • Graduate Medical Education
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Psychiatry
    • Gastrointestinal Medicine
    • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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    Frank Otto

    Press Officer

    Phone: 215-662-2535

    Cell: 267-693-2999

    Frank joined Penn Medicine in 2018 with almost four years’ experience in health care and university communications, with specific experience generating media attention in areas including public health, therapy, biology and physics. Frank began his career as a print journalist with the Pottstown Mercury and Delaware County Daily Times, where he covered everything from spot news to public meetings and high school sports. Frank is a graduate of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


    • Health Care Technology Innovation
    • Penn Center for Health Care Innovation (PCHCI)
    • PCHCI Center for Digital Health
    • PCHCI Nudge Unit
    • Telemedicine
    • Predictive Healthcare
    • Health care IT
    • Intellectual property, industry partnerships & commercialization
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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.


    • Sleep Medicine
    • Ophthalmology
    • Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Nursing
    • Urology
    • Family Medicine and Community Health
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • Radiology
    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    • Inclusion and Diversity
    • Pharmacy
    • Penn Medicine Community Practices (Cherry Hill, Radnor, Valley Forge, Woodbury Heights)
    • Community Outreach & Engagement
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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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    Rachel Ewing

    Editorial Director

    Phone: 215-662-4802

    Rachel Ewing re-joined the Penn Medicine Department of Communications in 2016 as editor of Penn Medicine magazine 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.

    As Editorial Director, Rachel provides editorial oversight and strategic planning for all Penn Medicine publications, including the system-wide suite of internal publications, and for digital content and social media campaigns. She also 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.

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    Sally Sapega

    Director, Internal Publications

    Phone: 215-662-4488

    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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    Chris Mallard

    Digital Communications Manager

    Chris joined Penn Medicine in 2018 with six years of digital communication experience, three of which were in the health care industry. As Digital Communications Manager overseeing the department of Communications' digital presence, he can often be found updating the Penn Medicine News homepage, managing social media channels, and providing metrics on a multitude of digital projects. His role also includes the production of specialized graphics, the digital version of Penn Medicine magazine, as well as all of the department’s suite of internal publications. Chris is a graduate of the University of Illinois with an MS in health care communication.

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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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