The Philadelphia County Medical Society is proud to post an announcement made by Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, Provost, Thomas Jefferson University, Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College regarding PCMS past President Theodore Christopher, MD.
Dr. Tykocinski stated, “I am excited to announce the establishment of the Green Family Foundation and John and Patricia Walsh Professorship of Emergency Medicine, Jefferson’s first endowed professorship in the Department of Emergency Medicine.”
The inaugural holder of the professorship is past PCMS President, Theodore Christopher, MD, an amazing leader, clinician, and teacher. Dr. Christopher’s longtime friendship with the Green and Walsh families was the catalyst for the generous gift. In honor of Dr. Christopher’s myriad achievements, the donors have asked that when Dr. Christopher no longer holds the professorship, it be renamed as “The Theodore A. Christopher, MD Professorship in Emergency Medicine.”
Dr. Christopher graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and earned his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Jefferson in 1986 and has been on the faculty at Jefferson ever since. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2003. Under his leadership the Department has handled millions of emergency visits, helping to establish TJUH as Philadelphia’s safety net hospital, and been ranked #7 in specialty specific NIH funding. In October, Dr. Christopher will be inaugurated President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.