News Release

Jonathan A. Epstein, M.D., Katherine High, M.D. and Amita Sehgal, Ph.D. have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Epstein stands among the world's most highly renowned investigators of the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular development and their role in understanding human disease.

Recognized internationally as a leading hematologist and researcher, High is the William H Bennett Professor of Pediatrics at Penn, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, among other roles.

Currently co-director of the Penn Medicine Neuroscience center, Sehgal studies the molecular and genetic components of sleep and circadian rhythms using a fruit fly model. Sehgal is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and vice chair of the Department of Neuroscience.

Founded in 1780, the Academy selects top experts in areas such as academia, the arts, business and the sciences to support the independent policy center's research. The American Academy's 2011 class includes 212 Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members from 10 countries.

The induction of new members takes place in a ceremony on Oct. 1, 2011 at the Academy's headquarters. The complete list of fellows can be found at


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.