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The Department of Medicine

From the Chair

Dr. Robert Aber, MD, MACP
Dr. Robert Aber, MD, MACP

Since its founding in 1969, The Department of Medicine has been committed to the excellence in each of our missions –Education, Patient Care, Research, and Service. The Department is the largest and, arguably, the most complex in the College of Medicine and Medical Center, and comprises 10 Divisions and several programs, approximately 200 faculty, 90 residents, 60 fellows, and 96 staff members.

Faculty engage learners at all levels, including students enrolled in our medical and graduate schools, residents, fellows, and physician colleagues. We have 11 ACGME accredited fellowship programs. Eleven faculty have been selected to join the College's Academy of Distinguished Educators since its founding in 2002, and many more have received a Department teaching or mentoring award over the years.
Patient care includes busy inpatient services in Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, General Internal Medicine (hospitalists), and Critical Care Medicine. Our outpatient visits have grown substantially over the years now approaching 100,000 per year. Many of our physicians are recognized each year as being among the top 10% nationally in patient satisfaction scores, and are included among the top doctors in America. Our focus on providing highest quality of care and patient safety has intensified over the past several years.
Our research programs are quite broad, and are approaching $50 million in total sponsored research at the end of the 2012 fiscal year.  Faculty in the department have lead our successful application for an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award. Penn State University is a top tier public research university in America, and many of our faculty engage in collaborative research with faculty in other Colleges at Penn State. Residents, fellows, and medical/graduate students participate in clinical, basic, or translational research with our faculty.
Service includes activities within the College of Medicine and Medical Center; participation in local, regional, national, and international organizations and societies; and activities in the community. One example is participation of our faculty and residents in Lion Care, a student-run organization which provides free health care to homeless persons in nearby Harrisburg.
I invite you to explore our website to learn more about us, and to contact me directly with any questions or comments. Thank you for visiting!

  • Robert C. Aber, MD, Chair
  • Michelle Del Pizzo, Administrator
  • David Towery, Operations Director
  • Mark Spangler, Coordinator, Administrative Support
  • Support Staff:
    • Elizabeth Diehm
    • Gretchen Landis
    • Shanni Petrino
    • Tarah Sorber
  • Erin Harding, Financial Liaison
  • Financial Analysts:
    • Beth Conner
    • Amanda Kane
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