Message from the Chair

Harold Paz, MD, MS

Harold Paz, MD, MS

Welcome to our University Health Sciences Council website, your comprehensive gateway to Penn State's many diverse biomedical and life sciences endeavors.

As one of the world's foremost institutions of higher learning, Penn State is home to a robust portfolio of biomedical research, prestigious academic programs, internationally respected faculty and extraordinarily enterprising students. Penn State's research funding ranks us among the top 10 universities in the nation. We are blessed with generous benefactors, who have made substantial investments to support ongoing discovery, learning and service within the health sciences. We enjoy many productive relationships with industry, government, non-profit foundations, health care organizations, and other colleges and universities in the pursuit of improved health and greater understanding of disease. In fact, few institutions can boast the broad spectrum of programs, talent and infrastructure that make Penn State a leader in the health sciences.

The health sciences at Penn State offer enormous promise at a time when the need for advancement in health has never been more important. Nearly 17 percent of our nation's economy is focused on healthcare, yet only a fraction of it is targeted toward health and wellness, prevention, early detection and prediction of illness. The need for partnership across institutional boundaries, across disciplines and between healthcare organizations has never been greater and the opportunities to translate basic scientific discoveries into useful and effective treatments have never been more ripe.

As a nation, we face healthcare workforce shortages and an aging baby boomer population that will likely leverage more health care services than any generation in U.S. history. The need to address challenges in the cost, quality and access to health care in our country has never been greater.

For these reasons, Penn State President Graham Spanier convened our University Health Sciences Council. The opportunity for collaboration, coordination and integration among our rich and varied health sciences disciplines offers tremendous benefit not only to Penn State but to the diverse populations and communities we serve.

The council's charge, which you can find in detail on this site, is quite simply to create new and dynamic synergies to cultivate the vast potential of Penn State's unmatched health sciences offerings and foster breakthroughs that can dramatically transform the health care landscape and improve health.

Thank you for visiting our site and your interest in the health sciences at Penn State University.

Harold L. Paz, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs;
Dean, Penn State College of Medicine;
Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Chair, University Health Sciences Council