PHILADELPHIA — Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, associate professor of Medicine and director of the Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 2013 “Practitioner of the Year” by the Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS).

For his excellence in patient care and community service, Dr. Leone will be presented with the award on Saturday, June 8, during the PCMS Presidents Ball and Awards night event at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.

Dr. Leone directs Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, a clinical program of the Penn Lung Center in the division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care that provides state-of-the-art and individualized treatment to smokers, including those with comorbidities. Dr. Leone's research focuses on investigating treatment strategies for tobacco use disorder and methods for disseminating the information to physicians nationwide.

Dr. Leone earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  He also holds a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a member of several professional and scientific societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians and Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and has served as President of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania. He has also served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a legislative appointee to the Governor's Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee since 2001.

Recently, Dr. Leone served as an expert panelist on the third edition of the American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines, which recommends tobacco treatment strategies tailored to meet the needs of patients suffering from lung cancer.

The PCMS has been representing physicians for more than 160 years as they treat patients, advance science, maintain the standards of the profession, and protect the public health.

The Practitioner of the Year Award was first presented in 1974 to honor a member of PCMS for service to the community in the area of patient care and community service and is supported by the Wiener Fund established by Jacob S. Wiener, MD, which honors the memory of Dr. & Mrs. Jacob S. Wiener.

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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