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John. J. Gallagher, DNP, RN

John. J. Gallagher, DNP, RN, trauma program manager for Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery, was elected secretary of the National Board of Directors of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses is the largest specialty-nursing organization in the world. Joining the board last year, Gallagher is an expert in respiratory monitoring and mechanical ventilation as well as intra-abdominal hypertension/compartment syndrome. He also serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Critical Care.

Liling Wan, PhD, an assistant professor of Cancer Biology, assistant investigator in the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, and a member of the Penn Epigenetics Institute, received a $100,000 research grant from the Leukemia Research Foundation. Her work will focus on targeting the chromatin reader protein in acute leukemias. Wan is one of just 13 researchers to receive this grant, which is awarded to new investigators through the Foundation’s Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program.


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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