PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine has elected an inaugural class of 22 physicians to the newly established Academy of Master Clinicians, which recognizes Penn Medicine clinicians who exemplify the highest standards of clinical excellence, humanism and professionalism.

"Penn Medicine clinicians are innovators and leaders in their fields. This major initiative recognizes and celebrates their contributions while at the same time strengthening our commitment to leadership in patient care for the future," said John Glick, MD, president, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, vice president, UPHS, and associate dean for Resource Development. "We are delighted to announce the first class of Academy of Master Clinicians, an exceptional group of clinicians who represent the fullest spectrum of clinical care expertise Penn Medicine has to offer."

During their 5-year term, the Master Clinicians will support the missions of Penn Medicine by serving as ambassadors for Penn Medicine; providing a forum for feedback to leadership on strategies to improve the culture of clinical excellence and to promote the ideal patient experience; and volunteering as a mentor and consultant as well as participating in professional development and training programs for faculty, residents, students or staff.

“Clinical excellence in and of itself is a value that Penn Medicine recognizes and wishes to promote,” said Dr. Glick, who helped create the Master Clinician program. “What we do for our patients is of critical importance to our missions of research, clinical care and education.” 

As mentors, Master Clinicians will lead faculty workshops through Advance, the Perelman School of Medicine’s faculty professional development program and other Penn Medicine educational programs, and provide feedback to leadership to improve the patient and educational experiences. By attending extramural courses, Master Clinicians will enhance their own career skills and bring new knowledge to Penn Medicine.  Master Clinicians will receive a one-time financial award of $10,000 and more time to dedicate to educational and training pursuits. The Academy of Master Clinicians will be supported by a major philanthropic gift and institutional funding.

Penn Medicine is proud to announce the inaugural membership of The Academy of Master Clinicians:

The Academy of Master Clinicians, 2013

Louis Bell, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Susan Brozena, MD   

Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Penn Cardiac Care Radnor

E. Cabrina Campbell, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Emily Conant, MD 

Professor of Radiology and Chief of Breast Imaging

Edward Dickinson, MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of EMS Field Operations

Jack Ende, MD

Adele and Harold Schaeffer Professor in Medicine and Assistant Vice President, UPHS, and Assistant Dean in the Perelman School of Medicine

Jody Foster, MD, MBA  

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital

Gary Freedman, MD  

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Ellen Kim, MD  

Sandra J. Lazarus Associate Professor in Dermatology

Najjia Mahmoud, MD 

Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Natasha Mirza, MD   

Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Director of the Penn Center for Voice and Swallowing

Mark Morgan, MD   

John J. Mikuta, M.D. Professor of Gynecologic Oncology; Chief, Gynecology Oncology; Director, Center for Advanced Gynecologic Surgery; Director, Gynecology Oncology at Pennsylvania Hospital

Amy Pruitt, MD

Professor of Neurology

Patrick Reilly, MD, FCCP, FACS

Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

Anthony Rostain, MD, MA

Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Medical Director of Adult Developmental Disorders

Joseph Savino, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Brian Sennett, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Sports Medicine

Donald Siegel, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology

John Stern, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Pennsylvania Hospital

Matthew Stern, MD  

Parker Family Professor of Neurology and Director of the Penn Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

Gregory Tino, MD 

Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of Medicine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

David Vaughn, MD 

Professor of Medicine in Hematology Oncology and Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Abramson Cancer Center

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.