(PHILADELPHIA) – Judd E. Hollander, MD, professor and director of clinical research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2011 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Leadership Award.

The award recognizes a SAEM member who has made exceptional contributions to emergency medicine through leadership in the field’s organizations and publications, research productivity, and advancement of the discipline of emergency medicine regionally, nationally or internationally.

A national leader in research on emergency care for patients with acute cardiac problems, Hollander has contributed significantly to the development of best practices in the use of CT angiography among patients with chest pain. The author of more than 300 publications in textbooks and peer reviewed journals, he has also conducted research on emergency room crowding and best practices in emergency care for patients experiencing chest pain, traumatic injury, pneumonia and other emergent illnesses.  A longtime leader within SAEM, Hollander recently served as the organization’s president and has held roles in numerous SAEM projects and committees, from finance to industry relations, and he has worked to obtain federal funding for emergency medicine research and create and expand fellowship opportunities for emergency physicians to be trained in clinical research methods. Hollander also created Penn Medicine’s Academic Associate Emergency Medicine Research Program, providing opportunities for undergraduates and medical and nursing students to participate in and help gather data for a variety of emergency department research projects – a model which has been replicated by other leading institutions across the country.

He will be presented with the SAEM Leadership Award during the organization’s annual meeting in early June.

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.

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