News Release

PHILADELPHIA – David B. Roth, MD, PhD has been appointed chair of Penn Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, effective July 1, 2011.

Currently the Irene Diamond Professor of Immunology and Chair of the Department of Pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, Roth brings extensive experience as an educator, researcher and medical leader to the Penn Medicine position.

Roth’s teaching at Baylor and NYU Langone garnered many teaching awards, including the Distinguished Teacher in the Basic Sciences Award from Langone’s 2008 graduating class. Among Roth’s educational successes includes creating a new pathobiology program at Langone.

A frequent recipient of support from the National Institutes of Health, Roth’s research and clinical interests include DNA repair and the mechanisms of programmed gene rearrangements during lymphocyte differentiation, and the study of Omenn syndrome.

In addition to serving as one of the editors of Immunology, 7th edition, and participating on the editorial boards of Nucleic Acids Research and Mobile DNA, Roth is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including Cell, Science, Nature, and Nature Genetics. Roth has been a site reviewer for the National Cancer Institute and organized the First International Symposium on DNA Enzymes. Roth was elected to the American Association of University Pathologists (The Pluto Society) and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The New York Academy of Sciences.


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 $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 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 $373 million awarded in the 2015 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 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 Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.