(PHILADELPHIA) – Daniel Sterman, MD, director of Interventional Pulmonology, and associate professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been honored with the Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lecture award in Interventional Medicine. He received this recognition at the 2011 International Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

"I am honored and humbled to be the 2011 recipient of the Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lectureship," said Dr. Sterman. "Dr. Ciaglia was a pioneering and innovative thoracic surgeon who lived in my home community of upstate New York, and was a role model for all those interested in providing care for patients with critical illnesses and thoracic malignancies. As Dr. Ciaglia was also a great humanitarian, I will also try to emulate this aspect of his life."

The Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lecture in Interventional Medicine, awarded by the ACCP, honors physicians well known for his or her work in interventional medicine, including economic impact, research opportunities, and critical care.

Dr. Sterman's clinical interests are related to the treatment of thoracic malignancies, specifically as they apply to the synergy of molecular medicine and novel technologies in Interventional Pulmonology. His research interests are in the translation of laboratory discoveries from the bench to the bedside: conducting human clinical trials of gene therapy and vaccine therapy for lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other pleural malignancies. Dr. Sterman is also the co-director of the Penn Medicine Mesothelioma and Pleural Program.

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.