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Yong Chen, PhD, a professor of Biostatistics and founding director of the Computer, Inference, and Learning Lab at the University of Pennsylvania (PENNCIL) and the Center for Health Analytics and Synthesis of Evidence (CHASE), and Kenrick Cato, PhD, RN, a professor of Informatics, have been elected as fellows of the American College of Informatics. Chen and Cato join 21 other new fellows who will be inducted at the organization’s annual symposium, joining 473 others from across the world representing excellence in biomedical and health informatics. The organization’s current president is Penn’s Kevin B. Johnson, MD,  the David L. Cohen University Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer and Information Science, Pediatrics, and Science Communication.


Lauren Anne Eberly, MD, an assistant professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Nosheen Reza, MD,director of the Penn Women in Cardiology Program, received the prestigious K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Awards from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI). The K Awards—competitive career development awards—are granted to the most promising clinical applicants and provide infrastructure, mentoring, funds, and faculty career protection to support five years of highly dedicated research and development. 


Allan Pack
Allan Pack, PhD

A Penn-led group was recently awarded a $12.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to study new approaches for identifying, diagnosing, and treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Led by Allan Pack, PhD, the John Miclot Professor in the division of Sleep Medicine, the five-year project will seek to identify genetic factors to identify those at risk for OSA, study causal genes for tongue fat as a modifiable risk factor, and develop personalized treatments. Project partners include Geisinger, Ohio State University, and the University of Iceland. 





The Pennsylvania Hospital Abramson Cancer Center Supportive Care Team holding their Bringing Hope Home award.

The Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) Supportive Care Team has been honored with a recognition award from Bringing Hope Home (BHH) in appreciation of the team’s support. BHH directly pays household bills for families who are struggling financially due to a cancer diagnosis and relies on hospital social workers to connect them with families in need. The PAH ACC team has connected nearly 200 families with BHH for financial support.

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, excellence in patient care, and community service. The organization consists of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Penn’s Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school.

The Perelman School of Medicine is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $550 million awarded in the 2022 fiscal year. Home to a proud history of “firsts” in medicine, Penn Medicine teams have pioneered discoveries and innovations that have shaped modern medicine, including recent breakthroughs such as CAR T cell therapy for cancer and the mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities stretch from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to the New Jersey shore. These include the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, 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 an $11.1 billion enterprise powered by more than 49,000 talented faculty and staff.

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