J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., became Executive Vice President of the
University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Raymond and
Ruth Perelman School of Medicine on July 1, 2011. Together, the two entities
make up Penn Medicine, an $8 billion enterprise dedicated to excellence in the
related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and patient care.
Founded in 1765 as the Colonies’ first medical school, the Perelman School of
Medicine is now home to over 2,600 full-time faculty members and more than
3,700 students, trainees, residents, and fellows. The School receives $800
million in sponsored program research. The University of Pennsylvania Health
System includes multiple nationally ranked hospitals, a clinical network that
includes a faculty practice plan, advanced medicine, primary care, home care,
hospice, nursing homes, and three multispecialty satellite facilities.
Before coming to Penn Medicine, Dr. Jameson was Dean of the Feinberg
School of Medicine and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Northwestern University, positions he held
since 2007. He joined Northwestern University Medical School in 1993 as chief of the Division of
Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine, a position he held for seven years. In 2000, he was
named Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Jameson received his medical degree with honors and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the
University of North Carolina in 1981. He completed clinical training in internal medicine and endocrinology
at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Before leaving for Northwestern University, he rose through
the ranks at Harvard Medical School to become an associate professor of medicine and chief of the Thyroid
Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A prolific physician-scientist and writer, Dr. Jameson has been a pioneer in molecular medicine in the field
of endocrinology. His research has focused on the genetic basis of hormonal disorders and he is the author
of more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed
journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, Science, and the Journal of
Clinical Investigation. He is Editor-in-Chief of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, the most widely
used medical text worldwide, and previously served as co-editor of Jameson and DeGroot’s Endocrinology.
Among his many professional distinctions and honors, Dr. Jameson was elected to the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in academia, and the National Academy of
Medicine, established to recognize professional achievement in the health sciences. He has been elected
to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and as a
Master of the American College of Physicians. He has served as president of the Endocrine Society and
the Association of American Physicians. He has served as a member of the medical advisory board of the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and as a Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He currently
serves as a member of the Association of American Medical College’s Board of Directors and as Chair of
the Council of Deans Administrative Board.
Dr. Jameson has received many distinguished awards, including the Van Meter Award from the American
Thyroid Association and the Sheen Award from the American College of Surgeons. The Endocrine Society
has honored him twice: with the Ernst Oppenheimer Award, presented to a young investigator in recognition
of meritorious accomplishments in basic or clinical endocrinology, and the Fred Conrad Koch Award,
considered the highest honor bestowed by the Society in recognition of exceptional contributions to the
field. From the American College of Physicians, Dr. Jameson received the Award for Outstanding Science
and John Phillips Award for outstanding work in clinical medicine. As a visiting lecturer, he has been invited
to present at leading institutions around the world.