Presented during Medical Alumni Weekend, the Alumni Service Award honors the recipients' generous, loyal and energetic commitment to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and to the Medical Center Development and Alumni Relations programs. Honorees are selected annually by the Nominating Subcommittee of the Medical Alumni Advisory Council.
2013 - Louis Matis, M'75
Louis Matis, M'75 is the epitome of a loyal alumnus and has been deeply involved in the betterment of the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Matis has twice funded the stethoscopes awarded to first-year students during the White Coat Ceremony, a gesture he has described as "one of the singular, unforgettable highlights" of his alumni involvement.
But it is far from the only one. Dr. Matis has consistently provided philanthropy for the Medical Class of 1975 Scholarship, and has been a leader in supporting the new Medical Education Center. Dr. Matis has served on his reunion committee and held various leadership roles in the Medical Alumni Advisory Council (MAAC), most recently serving as the Co-Chair. He consistently inspires other alumni to support the Perelman School of Medicine and to take advantage of the knowledge and networking opportunities available to medical alumni.
The School provided Dr. Matis with the foundation for a career encompassing clinical medicine, drug development, regulatory affairs, basic and clinical biomedical research, and executive leadership within the biotechnology industry. He is currently the Executive Director of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and delivers life-changing therapies for patients living with severe and life-threatening rare diseases. He led the discovery and development of the first clinically approved complement inhibitor therapeutic.
Prior to his tenure at Alexion, Dr. Matis held executive positions at the Immune Tolerance Institute and CGI Pharmaceuticals. In his early career, he had various appointments at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr. Matis received his M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine, and completed clinical training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and NIH, receiving board certification in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is a recipient of the NIH Award of Merit, the Commendable Service Award from the FDA, and was elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Matis's daughter, Elizabeth, is graduating from Penn's College of Arts and Sciences this spring. He lives with his wife, Lyn, in Southport, Connecticut.
2013 - Philomena McAndrew, M'78, PAR'12
Philomena McAndrew, M'78, PAR'12 is a leader among leaders in the Medical Class of 1978, as they celebrate their 35th reunion. A very enthusiastic supporter of the Perelman School of Medicine, she and her husband Charlie have made major gifts to support the John Morgan Scholarship Fund and encouraged classmates and other alumni to attend Reunion and remain engaged with the School. In 2007, she was the featured speaker at the annual Penn Medicine alumnae Women in Medicine event. Dr. McAndrew is also an active member of the Medical Alumni Advisory Council (MAAC). In addition, she and Charlie are proud Penn parents—their son, Nicholas, graduated from the School in 2012.
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. McAndrew graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls and Villanova University before enrolling at the School. Dr. McAndrew completed her internship and residency at Temple University Hospital and then her fellowship training in hematology and oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
While on faculty at UCLA, Dr. McAndrew conducted research, and published papers on leukemia, lymphoma, breast cancer, malnutrition associated with cancer, and fat metabolism in cancer patients. In 1987, she redirected her career, becoming a founding partner in the Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group. In private practice, she focused particularly on breast cancer while still treating patients with various cancers.
In 1996, Dr. McAndrew and her partners started the Tower Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization to provide clinical trials and support programs for their patients as well and funding grants for young investigators as they start their academic careers at centers such as City of Hope, UCLA, USC and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. They also provide community education as well as Educational Symposia for physicians.
As one of the pioneering women in the private practice of hematology/oncology, Dr. McAndrew strives to bolster the careers of young women who have chosen to enter this demanding specialty. She has also shown her support for her patients by appearing on Oprah to discuss breast cancer and to explain the role that the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes play in this devastating disease.
Dr. McAndrew lives with her husband Charlie in Los Angeles. They have two wonderful children, Nicholas, a medical resident at HUP, and Rachel, who will be graduating from Sarah Lawrence College this month.
2013 - William H. Simon, M'63, INT'67
William H. Simon, M'63, INT'67 is an involved and valued member of the Penn Medicine community. This May he will celebrate his 50th class reunion, and for the last 45 years, he served as Reunion Chair, often taking the time to host Reunion dinners at his home. He also keeps his Penn connections strong as a member of the Good Time Charlies, a singing group, and the Cole Porter Trio, which he recently started. And he still plays golf, thanks to a total hip replacement.
Dr. Simon supports the nation's next great doctors through his contributions to the Class of 1963 Scholarship. He is also the planned giving spokesperson for his class and has made several planned gifts of his own.
Dr. Simon graduated from Princeton University in 1959 and received his M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine in 1963, where he was inducted into several honor societies. He has practiced orthopaedic surgery for over 40 years and is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Simon is an accomplished researcher, teacher, and author. As a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, he has spoken across the United States and around the world on topics such as arthritis and surgery. He has trained medical students, residents and fellows in surgery, and in research at McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. He has authored more than 55 articles on joint disease and orthopaedic surgery, published four books (one of them the fictional murder mystery Prescription: Murder), and holds six U.S. Patents on medical equipment.