More than 300 guests came to the Hyatt at The Bellevue for Penn Medicine’s December Endowed Professorships dinner, celebrating the extraordinary achievements that endowed professorships can make possible. Chairholders were presented with their endowed chair medals and certificates, and all guests received a copy of the Endowed Professorships book, a handsome blue and gold volume that includes profiles of each endowed chair and lists its chairholders.
The centerpiece of the evening was a conversation with Penn President Amy Gutmann, PhD, and panelists Michael Parmacek, MD; E. John Wherry, PhD; Donita Brady, PhD; Shelley Berger, PhD; and Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD—all endowed chairholders. The panelists provided compelling testimony on the power of academic medicine and how endowed professorships have shaped their lives and deepened the impact of their careers.
“Endowed professorships hold a special place in academic medicine,” explained Perelman School Dean J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD. “We are proud to offer this evening as tribute to our donors, the individuals after whom these endowed chairs are named, and the distinguished faculty members who hold them.”
Legendary Names Live On Through Endowed Professorships
As this issue of Penn Medicine marks the passing of Peter Nowell, MD’52, we celebrate some endowed professorships created to honor Perelman School of Medicine luminaries. The Penn community mourned the loss of Nowell on Dec. 26, 2016, and held a memorial service on March 1, 2017.
Drs. Mark Greene, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, David Roth, and Dean Jameson with the late Dr. Peter Nowell
Established in 2015 by faculty and many long-time supporters of the Abramson Cancer Center and department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Peter C. Nowell, MD Professorship honors this groundbreaking physician-scientist and first director of the Abramson Cancer Center. Nowell was named the Gaylord P. and Mary Louise Harnwell Professor in 1990, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.
In addition to holding the Nowell Professorship, Kojo S.J. Elenitoba-Johnson, MD, is director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Personalized Diagnostics and director of Precision and Computational Diagnostics in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His research focuses on the pathogenesis of malignant lymphomas and biomarker discovery using genomics and proteomics.