PHILADELPHIA – Americans are living longer than ever before, and statistically, women live even longer then men. But in many ways, it’s still a man’s world. Women still have the responsibility of being the primary decision maker for the health care of their whole household. And on the average, it still takes women longer to get to an emergency room for a heart attack than a man. In order to “have it all” women are expected to “do it all.” But is it at the cost of their own good health? Today, women have access to the best, most modern medicine there is, but are they accessing it for themselves?  

This special media seminar, being held at the nation’s first hospital (founded in 1751) and hosted by the Penn Medicine Department of Communications, invites you to discover the latest research and treatment strategies to help women better negotiate some of the most serious health challenges facing them today:  diabetes and kidney disease; cardiovascular disease; thyroid disorders and bone loss; and gynecologic oncology. This informational luncheon and seminar features expert researchers and clinicians from Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn OB/GYN Care, and Penn Health for Women at Pennsylvania Hospital. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served.


Pennsylvania Hospital*
The Historical Surgical Amphitheatre**
801 Spruce Street
Philadelphia,  PA  19107

* Discounted garage parking is available on Delancey St. between 7th & 8th Sts.

** Please enter via the main hospital entrance on 8th St. between Spruce and Pine and   check in at the Information Desk.



Welcome:  Jack Ludmir, MD
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pennsylvania Hospital
Vice Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Moderator:  Michael Buckley, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer, Pennsylvania Hospital

Diagnosing and Treating the Unexpected: Cardiovascular Disease in Women

  • Diagnosing & Treating Heart Disease During Pregnancy & Pre-Conception Cardiovascular Risk Assessments
    Presenter:  Nazanin  Moghbeli, MD
    Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Center, Pennsylvania Hospital

Better Understanding Women, Diabetes & Kidney Disease

  • Taking a New Approach:  What We’re Doing Now to Help Ward Off a Generation of Women with Kidney Disease
    Presenter:  K. Adu Ntoso, MD
    Chief, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Pregnancy & Diabetes – Is it Worth the risk?
    Presenter:  Irma Yehuda, CRNP,
    Director, “Expecting the Best” program for pregnant women with diabetes, Pennsylvania Hospital

Is 95 the New 75? Cardiac Surgery and the Mature Woman

  • Presenter:  Charles R. Bridges, MD
    Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital

More than Just a Calcium Deficiency:  Making the Connection Between Thyroid Disease, Osteoporosis and Menopause

  • Presenter:  Maria Benito-Herrero, MD
    Division of Endocrinology, Pennsylvania Hospital

Robotics: A New Approach to Surgical Gynecologic Oncology

  • Presenter:  Thomas C. Randall, MD
    Chief, Gynecologic Oncology, Pennsylvania Hospital

For detailed directions, parking information and to register:
Contact Olivia Fermano at (215) 349-5653 or


Penn Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multi-specialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

Penn Health for Women
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in partnership with the sub-specialties of Penn Medicine, is committed to providing accessible, high quality and comprehensive health care to all women throughout their lifespan. Penn Health for Women meets these diverse needs with a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates education, prevention, wellness, research and subspecialty care.

Penn Health for Women provides access to multi-disciplinary health care for women of all ages. This comprehensive program is made up of highly qualified physicians, clinical nurses, midwives and support staff who diagnose, threat and educate women on a broad spectrum of health issues. We recognize the diversity of female wellness throughout her life, and how these needs reflect difference in race, ethnicity, culture, and access to medical care. Services available via Penn Health for Women include: OB/GYN Care; Penn Fertility Care; Internal Medicine/Primary Care; Cardiac Care; Cancer Services; Breast Health; Behavioral Health; Skin Health & Cosmetic Services; Orthopaedics; Gastroenterology; Nutrition & Wellness; Executive Health for Women; and the Women’s Health Boutique – Solutions for women at Pennsylvania Hospital

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $405 million awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report — Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2017, Penn Medicine provided $500 million to benefit our community.

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