Penn Medicine’s “High Society”
The first months of 2017 saw engaging faculty discussions and fun evenings “on the town” in Florida and Philadelphia. In this issue, we offer a glimpse back at some of the highlights of those successful events.
Getting Your Passport to London: PPMC Gala Celebrates Hospital Hero Dr. Levin
More than 400 guests attended the 16th Annual Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) Gala at top Philadelphia event venue VIE—enjoying a fun-filled evening “in” London with live music and a visit by man of mystery Austin Powers. This event is a significant fundraiser for PPMC, and each year a Hospital Hero is honored and their department is the beneficiary of the funds raised at the gala.
The 2017 Hospital Hero, L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, leads the department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is internationally known for his work in bilateral hand transplant. The evening raised more than $257,000 for the creation of the Penn Orthoplastic Limb Salvage Center, dedicated to saving threatened limbs and enhancing the quality of life for patients.
Clare D'Agostino, Scott Levin, MD,
FACS, Michele Volpe, and John BlanRosa, MD, JD
Roxanne DeStefano, Neil Sheth, MD, GME'09, Holly and Keith Wapner, MD, GME'85, and "Austin Powers"
The Palm Beach Story
Dean J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Bert O'Malley, MD, Frances Jensen, MD, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, MD, and Jonathan Epstein, MD
Alan Wein, MD'66, Noelle Wein, Joel and Linda Appel
Penn Medicine has been bringing its world-class faculty to Palm Beach, Fla. for more than a decade, with each visit more popular than the last. Outgrowing three different venues, this year’s “Living Better — 2017” seminar attracted more than 220 guests to The Four Seasons Palm Beach.
The first session, “Stopping Cancer at the Starting Line,” discussed how basic science is advancing early detection and innovative therapies for a variety of the most challenging cancers. It was moderated by Lynn Schuchter, MD, and the panel featured Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, MD; Susan M. Domchek, MD; Erica Carpenter, PhD’09, MBA; and Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD.
The second session on personalized medicine, “Getting Your Genes to Fit: A New Era in Medicine,” was facilitated by moderator Daniel Rader, MD, and panelists included Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH; Steven Joffe, MD, MPH; and Alice Chen-Plotkin, MD.
That evening, nearly 200 guests joined the Dean’s Dinner at The Breakers—a stunning backdrop to learning all about Penn Medicine’s new Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Guests heard first-hand from faculty how this new building will revolutionize medicine and the health care landscape at large. Elegant and inspirational, the evening highlighted all of the ways that support for Penn Medicine is a powerful investment in the future of health care.
Going from Coast to Coast: Penn Medicine in Naples
Sam and Linda Palazzole, David Hopper, MD'67, Ronald and Joanna Kresge
John Wherry, PhD, Gail Morrison, MD'71, and Kenneth Zaret, PhD
On the other side of the state, a lively group of Penn Medicine friends and alumni gathered at the gorgeous Beach House at The Ritz-Carlton to hear from “Researchers Pushing the Frontiers of Immunotherapy & Regenerative Medicine.” Made possible by the generous efforts of a 19-strong host committee, more than 70 guests learned about the latest advances at Penn Medicine from E. John Wherry, PhD, and Kenneth S. Zaret, PhD, in a discussion moderated by Senior Vice Dean Gail Morrison, MD’71.
Thank You to Our Penn Medicine in Naples Host Committee!
Jay & Patty Baker
John G. Brehm, MD & Mary K. Brehm
David & Dottie Brennan
Jeffrey M. Hoffman, MD
Jack & Graceann Hoopes
G. David Hopper, MD
Robert D. Klausner, MD & Kimberly A. Klausner
Ronald R. Kresge, DMD & Joanna Kresge
Shelly & Harriet Margolis
Stephen G. Taub & Evelyn R. Burke
Rhoda B. Temkin