Iago Galdston Lecture
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Mitchell Blutt leads health care investment firm Consonance Capital as chief executive officer. Dr. Mitchell Blutt remains active in his professional community and belongs to the New York Academy of Medicine, which offers a number of endowed lectures, including the Iago Galdston Lecture.
Every year, the New York Academy of Medicine invites a prominent scholar with expertise in the historic, humanistic, and philosophic aspects of medicine as part of the academy’s Iago Galdston Lecture. Since 1989, the academy has held this annual lecture in honor of Russian-born psychiatrist Dr. Iago Galdston, who became a staff member of the academy in 1928.
Dr. Galdston established a program that eventually became the academy’s Medical Information Bureau, which shared information with the press and public. Also an author, he wrote a column for the New York Academy of Medicine, through which he shared vital medical information with readers of 200 newspapers.
After Dr. Galdston passed away in 1989, his family established the Academy’s Iago Galdston Lectureship in his honor.
Joe Biden Will Become a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
A clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mitchell Blutt, MD, focuses on preparing the next generation of physicians. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of Consonance Capital, where he aims to advance the field of health care investment. Possessing a BA, MD, and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell Blutt, MD, remains heavily involved with his alma mater as a former trustee of the university and its School of Medicine, as well as a member of the board of overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences. Recently, the University of Pennsylvania announced that it will welcome former Vice President Joe Biden as its Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor and that he will direct the university’s Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. While the center will be based in Washington, D. C., Biden will maintain an office at Penn’s Philadelphia campus. Focused on both teaching and research, the new center will guide students in the exploration of foreign policy, diplomacy, and national security while at the same time partnering with global leaders and academic centers to solve international challenges. As a professor at Penn, he will hold joint appointments with the School of Arts and Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication.The new role will allow Biden to maintain his commitment to public service, which has included defending the stability of the post-WWII international order while solving domestic issues at home. He served as a senator from Delaware for 36 years, which included 12 years as a chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and 17 years as a chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As the 47th vice president of the United States, Mr. Biden provided vital guidance to President Barack Obama about international affairs. In addition, he represented the country around the world and oversaw vital domestic endeavors such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s economic stimulus package.
Bridging the Gap
A pioneer in the healthcare investment business, Dr. Mitchell Blutt founded Consonance Capital in 2005 and leads the firm as chief executive officer. Mitchell Blutt began his medical career by earning his doctor of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, which participates in community outreach through the Bridging the Gaps program.
Founded in 1991, the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) program draws students from a diverse array of disciplines attending the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Drexel University, Temple University, and Thomas Jefferson University. One of the main components of the program is the Community Health Internship Program (BTG CHIP).
Through the BTG CHIP Program, students engage in a paid summer internship through which they gain insight into the complex factors that impact the health of individuals in economically disadvantaged communities. Additionally, the program gives students a unique opportunity to collaborate across disciplines.
The BTG CHIP Program places students in some 100 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Students work in teams alongside site staff members and faculty to create projects that both meet the needs of community members and further students’ knowledge in their areas of academic interest. To learn more about the BTG CHIP program, visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/btg.