By the Numbers: Penn Medicine

With a history dating back to the mid 18th century and a long legacy of acclaimed physicians, administrators and researchers, it’s hard to boil down Penn’s medical past and present into just a few numbers. But we gave it a shot anyway.


Year the School of Medicine was founded by Philadelphia physician John Morgan, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Number of babies born every year at HUP , Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, combined.


Weight, in tons, of each of the five proton therapy gantries that will be used to treat cancer patients at the cutting-edge Raymond and Ruth Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (see story, page 1). Proton therapy is the most precise
form of radiation therapy available today, and the Penn facility will be the largest of its kind in the world.


Number of Penn faculty who are members of the Institute of Medicine, which was created by the U.S. government in 1970 to serve as an important adviser on scientific and technological policy questions.


National rank of the School of Medicine in total research awards among medical schools, according to the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2005, Penn received 924 research and training grants worth nearly $400 million. Only
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore received more.

Originally published on October 5, 2006