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Jill M. Baren, MD

PHILADELPHIA – Jill M. Baren, MD, a professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medical Ethics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). ABEM works to ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Since 1979 it has been certifying emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards.

Baren has been a member of the ABEM Board of Directors since July 2012, and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2016. She has served ABEM in a number of capacities, including as an examiner for the Oral Certification Examination, as Chair of the interorganizational Clinical Ultrasonography Task Force, and Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Subboard. Baren also has served as Chair of the Finance, Nominations, and Test Administration committees and is a member of the Executive and Test Development committees. She is currently serving a five-year term as an officer and Executive Committee member of ABEM.

Baren, also an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has served in many leadership roles at Penn Medicine and in professional organizations nationally. Her research expertise focuses on informed consent within clinical trials on acute life-threatening conditions. She was the principal investigator of the NIH- funded Greater Philadelphia - Southern New Jersey Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trial Network, a regional consortium of 14 hospitals, for 12 years. From 2011-2017, Baren served as chair of the department of Emergency Medicine at Penn—she was the first female chair—and has served as a consultant to a number of professional and government agencies including the US Food and Drug Administration.

She was the 2017 recipient of the John A. Marx Leadership Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in honor of her exceptional contributions to the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Baren has lectured nationally and internationally and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and book chapters. She co-edited an emergency medicine case-based teaching text, “Emergency Medicine Pearls,” was the senior editor of the textbook “Pediatric Emergency Medicine,” and is an associate editor of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Textbook, 9th edition. She is a reviewer for multiple scientific journals.

Baren received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Brown University. She completed residency training in Emergency Medicine, and fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She holds a Master of Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and recently completed an executive MBA from the Heller School of Management and Social Policy at Brandeis University. She is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program (2009-2010) and the American Council on Education Fellows Program for emerging leaders in Higher Education (2018-2019). Baren is currently serving in the Penn Provost’s Office as the Faculty Leadership Development Fellow. 

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 $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 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 $425 million awarded in the 2018 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 Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 40,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2018, Penn Medicine provided more than $525 million to benefit our community.

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