Title: Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine
Company: University of Pennsylvania
Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
William N. Kelley, MD, MACP, Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in internal medicine.
Amassing more than five decades of professional experience, Dr. Kelley is a venerated and accomplished physician who has been serving as the Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania since 1989. Alongside this role, he was the chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Health System and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1989 to 2000. Prior to these appointments, he was a professor of internal medicine, chairman of the department of internal medicine, and professor of biological chemistry at the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan from 1975 to 1989, as well as a professor of medicine, associate professor of biochemistry, assistant professor of biochemistry, and chief of the division on rheumatic and genetic diseases at Duke University from 1968 to 1975. He commenced his career at the National Institutes of Health as a clinical associate in the section on human biochemical genetics in the Arthritis and Rheumatic Branch between 1965 and 1967 and a teaching fellow of medicine at Harvard University from 1967 to 1968.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Kelley has been on the board of directors of Transenterix, Inc., since 2015, having previously spent time on the board of directors of GenVec, Inc., Merck & Company, and Beckman Coulter, Inc. In addition, he served the National Institutes of Health in a multitude of capacities, including as a member of the director’s advisory committee, the recombinant DNA committee, and the human gene therapy subcommittee. Locally, he was the former trustee of Emory University and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Kelley pursued a formal education at Emory University, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1963. He subsequently completed an internship and residency in medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital from 1963 to 1965, becoming chief resident of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1967 to 1968. After making strides in his industry, he earned an honorary master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. As such, Dr. Kelley is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within the field, Dr. Kelley maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, where he has been serving as president since 2007. He previously held several roles with the National Academy of Sciences, such as a member of the executive committee, chairman of the membership committee, and chairman of section four of the Institute of Medicine between 1988 and 2001. Additionally, he was the former president of the Central Rheumatism Society and member of the American Society of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Human Genetics, the Australian Rheumatism Association, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and the Association of American Physicians, among others.
A prolific author, Dr. Kelley has contributed a plethora of articles to professional journals and previously served on the editorial boards of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American College of Rheumatology. Likewise, he has been the co-author and editor-in-chief of “Kelley’s Textbook of Internal Medicine,” which is currently in its ninth edition. He has additionally served as editor-in-chief of “Essentials of Internal Medicine” in 1994 and “Textbook of Internal Medicine” in 1989, as well as the author of “Arthritis Surgery” and co-author of “Uric Acid,” “Gout and Hyperuricemia,” and “Emerging Policies for Bio-Medical Research.”
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of medicine, Dr. Kelley has accrued many accolades throughout his impressive career. The recipient of the Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians in 2005, the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1999, the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Rheumatology in 1997, and the Robert H. Williams Award from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine in 1995. In addition, the National Health Council gave him a National Medical Research Award in 1993, the American College of Physicians gave him a John Phillips Memorial Award and Medal in 1990, and Emory University gave him a Distinguished Medical Achievement Award in 1985. Notably, Dr. Kelley is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also maintains masterships with the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology.
Renowned in the field for helping in the establishment of the first proof of principal gene therapy alongside Dr. Sam Palella and Dr. Myrn Levine, Dr. Kelley aspires to aid in the development of the best health care system in the world. He realizes that the United States holds an immense amount of knowledge in terms of medical education and science, and there are myriad professionals who are committed to the health of the public. He believes that we can achieve greatness by reducing the cost of health care while increasing the quality of care provided.
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