We are sad to report the passing of a dear friend, eminent professor, and loyal alumnus, Dr. Ernest F. Rosato. Dr. Rosato, professor of surgery and former chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, died on Friday, January 6, 2012. He was at home, surrounded by his wife, children, and friends.
J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally-recognized physician-scientist specializing in molecular endocrinology, is renowned for his exceptional track record of leadership in academic medicine, his experience in fostering interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and his tremendous dedication to medical students and faculty. Penn Medicine and the University community are pleased to welcome him as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and the 36th Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine.
The Penn Medicine community mourns the loss of Philadelphia civic leader Ruth Caplan Perelman, who passed away Sunday, July 31, at the age of 90.
Ruth and her husband, Raymond, were partners in creating innovative and bold gifts that advanced the missions of Penn Medicine. In May, Ruth and Raymond made a historic gift creating a permanent endowment for the School of Medicine, which was renamed the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She and Ray were the driving force in creating a warm and inviting patient-centered experience in the state-of-the-art Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. In addition, Ruth and Raymond established the first endowed professorship devoted to an active, full-time clinician. They also hosted events on Penn Medicine’s behalf in Palm Beach.
Generations of alumni, faculty, students, and their families come to campus for alumni weekend – often to celebrate their newest graduate. It is inspiring to see just how many generations are making the Perelman School of Medicine part of their lives.
Hoping the luck of the Irish was with them, Penn Medicine’s graduating class of medical students – with friends and family in tow – crammed into Dunlop Auditorium on St. Patrick’s Day to find out where their medical educations were taking them. A packed house – full of green T-shirts, homemade signs, and crying mothers and spouses – created a lively buzz as the backdrop to opening remarks from Dr. Jon Morris, Dean Arthur Rubenstein, and Dr. Gail Morrison.
I am saddened to report that Christian J. Lambertsen, MD, founder and former director of Penn’s Institute for Environmental Medicine, and inventor of what is known today as “SCUBA” (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus), died on Friday, February 11. One of our institution’s most honored professors, Chris began his long association with Penn Medicine as a first-year medical student in 1939. Over this remarkable career, Chris’ research had an immense impact on the study of human physiology, environmental medicine, and physical medicine. Dr. Lambertsen taught at Penn from 1946 and was most recently a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Environmental Medicine. Our thoughts go out to his family on this sad occasion.
I am delighted to announce the selection of Dr. J. Larry Jameson as Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Jameson will join Penn from Northwestern University, where he has served since 2007 as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
In April 2010, Penn Medicine lost one of its most devoted alumni and friends. Together with his wife, Barrie, the late Henry A. Jordan, MD’62, GME’67, was a steadfast champion of Penn Medicine and our students. One of the most committed, generous and active graduates of our School of Medicine, Henry will be greatly missed.