25th Anniversary

25 Years of Integration Innovation, and Ideals

This year, 2018, marks 25 years since the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) was first established—a milestone that would undoubtedly make the institution’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, proud.

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Wonder within Wonder

Penn Medicine’s uterus transplant trial offers hope for a rare form of infertility—and at the same time, has the potential to unlock a deeper understanding of the complex biology of human pregnancy.


The Name of Song Ruyao

A pioneer of plastic surgery in China, Song Ruyao (1914-2003) was known for his achievements aiding others who suffered; few at Penn knew what he endured in his own life.

Suicide Preview

Tangling with the Science of Suicide

Maria A. Oquendo, MD, PhD, is probing the human mind and brain to prevent more lives from being lost to the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

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    Painting with Light in the Darkness (And About This Issue’s Images)

    When you paint with light, you have to have a vision for what you’re creating, some idea of the final picture. Yet that picture only emerges at the end of a span of work; it’s not truly visible while you’re creating it. You create in darkness, then see the picture of your light.
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    Vital Signs

    Penn Medicine racks up top rankings, the health team cuts preventable readmissions, and a new class begins its journey in the medical profession.
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    Future Prognosis: Penn Medicine Innovators Aim to Redefine the Electronic Health Record

    Few innovations in modern medicine are simultaneously as celebrated and maligned as electronic health records (EHRs). Progressing far beyond the premise of a paper chart—simply documenting a patient’s symptoms, diagnoses, and clinical care plans—they have grown into a vital tool in delivering care.
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    The Power of Penn Medicine Campaign: Advancing Knowledge for Good

    Our students are more than “the future of medicine.” By caring for you, your loved ones, children and grandchildren, they will be the stewards of our family trees. Their ability to be the next great physicians depends on all of us, coming together, to ensure every generation of worthy students will be able to benefit from our superlative Penn education.
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    Alumni News

    Career updates from Penn medical alumni, obituaries for alumni and faculty, and a story on the heart of giving.
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    The Prep: To See the World in an Embryonic Fish

    Despite their celestial appearance, all of the orbs in this image are zebrafish embryos. Each pinprick spot, whether white in the moon-like images or blue or green in the Earth-like one, represents a single cell that is bustling with a specific type of growth factor signaling.
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