Reed E. Pyeritz has been named the inaugural William Smilow Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.Reed Pyeritz

The professorship was established as part of the contribution from William Smilow, who, with his father Joel, made an extraordinary gift to name Penn Medicine’s Smilow Center for Translational Research.

Dr. Pyeritz is a distinguished clinician and translational research scientist whose career focus has been hereditary disorders that affect the cardiovascular system, especially the aorta. He also studies the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic research and testing.

“I believe that brilliant faculty deserve the freedom to pursue new directions and new approaches―and inspire future generations of physicians.”
―William Smilow

“The Smilow professorship is just one example of how our accomplished physicians inspire meaningful, impactful philanthropy,” said J. Larry Jameson, Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. “We are tremendously grateful for this gift, which will accelerate our work in cardiovascular disease.”

“It is a great privilege to be able to make an enduring impact on a cause that means so much to me and to so many across the nation,” said William Smilow. “I believe that brilliant faculty deserve the freedom to pursue new directions and new approaches—and inspire future generations of physicians.”

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