News Release
Michael Restuccia

The CIO 100 Awards have announced Penn Medicine as a 2020 CIO 100 Award Winner for integrating a telemedicine model to run “business as usual”. The awards recognize innovative organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in IT. Penn Medicine successfully scaled patient care delivery via telemedicine within the electronic health record (EHR) and patient portal, consolidating to a single, integrated telemedicine EHR platform, and educated providers and patients regarding the use of telemedicine, eliminating substantial costs along the way. Michael Restuccia, Penn Medicine’s chief information officer and senior vice president, explained that, “telehealth continues to gain momentum in becoming a mainstream service delivery model,” and credited collaboration between providers, clinicians and Information Services for the achievement.

Melanie Pellecchia, PhD, Edward Brodkin, MD, Shinjae Chung, PhD

The Eagles Autism Foundation funded three Penn Medicine projects for exploratory work in the field of autism. Melanie Pellecchia, PhD, an assistant professor of Psychology in Psychiatry with the Center for Mental Health, received a $400,000 grant to study an evidence-based intervention for infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Edward Brodkin, MD, an associate professor of Psychiatry, received $400,000 for a randomized controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioral therapy program to improve social functioning in adults on the autism spectrum. Shinjae Chung, PhD, an assistant professor of Neuroscience, received a $400,000 award to study neural circuit and molecular mechanisms underlying sleep disturbances in ASD.


Laura Dember, MD

Laura Dember, MD, a professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, received the National Kidney Foundation’s 2020 J. Michael Lazarus Award, which recognizes individuals whose research has yielded novel insights related to renal replacement therapy. 




Laura Dember, MD

The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) of the American Statistical Association selected Rebecca Hubbard, PhD, an associate Professor of Biostatistics, as a winner of its 2020 Mid-Career Award. The award recognizes leaders in health care policy and health services research who have made outstanding contributions through methodological or applied work and who show a promise of continued excellence at the frontier of statistical practice.




Hongzhe Li, PhD

Hongzhe Li, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and vice chair for integrative research in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, has won the 2020 American Statistical Association’s Philadelphia Chapter Award in Research Excellence.


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 $8.6 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 $494 million awarded in the 2019 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 Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 43,900 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 2019, Penn Medicine provided more than $583 million to benefit our community.

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