On July 29, 2011, Edna Foa, PhD, received the inaugural International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Dr. Foa, professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and Director of Penn's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, was given the award for her pioneering work on the treatment and understanding of OCD.

Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders - primarily obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia - and is currently one of the world leading experts in these areas.

"This award has special meaning for me because my first professional life has been OCD," said Dr. Foa in her acceptance speech. "In the past 15 years I have become very involved in studying PTSD but I have not stopped my interest or research in OCD."

Dr. Foa has published several books and over 350 articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors including TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.


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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.

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