Engaging Breakout Sessions
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Keynote: Dr. Sunil Singhal
Keynote: Dr. Patricia Conrad
Keynote: Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble
Student Lightning Talks
MD-PhD & VMD/DVM-PhD Admissions
Research-Track Residency Admissions
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Keynote: Dr. Katherine High
Breakout Sessions (2 rotations)
Physician Scientists in Industry
Physician Scientists in Humanities & Social Sciences
Physician Scientists in Academia
Student Lightning Talks
Keynote: Dr. Xilma Ortiz Gonzalez
Ending Remarks and Poster/Lightning Talk Prizes
Physician Scientists with diverse career trajectories
Dr. Sunil Singhal, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Sunil Singhal is the Director of the Center for Precision Surgery at the Abramson Cancer Center and an Associate Professor in surgical research at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, Dr. Singhal founded the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory with the goal of creating novel treatment protocols for cardiothoracic disease, including mesothelioma and other lung and esophageal cancers. Advancements from his lab include the creation of TumorGlow®, a contrast dye capable of staining tumor cells in the lung to aid in tumor resection. His work in intraoperative tumor imaging is well funded by the National Cancer Institute. He was recognized by America’s Top Doctors in 2017.
Dr. Patricia Ann Conrad, DVM, PhD
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Dr. Patricia Ann Conrad is a Distinguished Professor and the Associate Dean for Global Programs at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, she co-directs the University of California’s system-wide Global Health Institute. Taking a One Health approach to research, her career highlights include discovery of tick-transmitted parasites of humans and dogs in the western USA, novel in vitro cultures of Neospora parasites which ultimately led to a vaccine, and identification of causes of brain disease in threatened California sea otters that led to protective legislation. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Public Health Expert
Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD
George Washington University
Medical Humanities and American Studies
Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble is a University Professor of Medical Humanities and American Studies at George Washington University. She attended Penn for her physician-scientist training and completed her PhD in the history and sociology of science. At the University of Wisconsin, she designed one of the first courses examining the history of medicine and public health through the lens of race. She chaired the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee which resulted in an apology from President Clinton on behalf of the US government. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Katherine High, MD
President and Head of Research and Development
Dr. Katherine High is an emeritus professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a leader in gene therapy for hemophilia and retinal dystrophy. She pioneered studies that led to one of the first Food and Drug Administration approvals of a gene therapy for genetic disease in the United States. She is a Howard Hughes Investigator, elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-founder of Spark Therapeutics. She serves on the Board of Directors for CRISPR therapeutics.
About the Penn APSA Chapter and the 2021 APSA NERC
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Penn APSA Chapter supports all medical students interested in physician scientist careers by hosting diverse educational, mentorship, and networking events. Our 2021 conference, originally intended for 2020 but pushed to early 2021 because of COVID-19, showcases the dynamics of diversity in physician scientist training. We hope you realize the endless possibilities available to you with physician scientist training and develop mentorships that you will nurture for the rest of your life. Welcome!
2021 APSA NERC Organizing Committee