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Inaugural Schaeffer Professor of Medicine: Jack Ende

September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03


Dr. Jack Ende, chief of medicine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, has been named  the inaugural Adele and Harold Schaeffer Professor of Medicine at a ceremony in Penn’s Biomedical Research Building. 

For over 30 years, Harold G. and Adele K. Schaeffer have supported general medicine at Penn, with a particular interest in helping care for the most underserved communities and patients. They have frequently supported programs run by Dr. Ende which provide free medication and medical supplies to needy patients upon their release from the hospital. 

“Their support has already made a world of difference for hundreds of these patients,” Dr. Ende said. “I don’t just think they’ve helped people. They’ve saved lives.” 

“Dr. Ende is a world class physician,” said Harold Schaeffer. “And Penn Medicine is a world class institution. We’re thrilled to be able to help them help others.”

Since 1997, when Dr. Ende became chief of medicine, he has developed a reputation as a service-oriented clinician and educator, creating programs to facilitate access to care for low-income patients, immigrant communities, HIV/AIDS patients, and other at-risk populations.  The Schaeffer chair will allow him to build on all those programs, as well as devote more time to his other passion, education. 

“Being the Schaeffer Professor,” Dr. Ende added, “gives me the opportunity to demonstrate for residents and students how medicine can—and should—be practiced.”

Almanac - September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03