William Adelman has been named the new executive director of student health and counseling, effective July 1. This position was created to support the continued integration of Penn’s clinical services.
Dr Adelman has over two decades of experience in adolescent medicine. He joined Penn after his most recent position as Division Director of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr Adelman previously served as chief of adolescent and young adult medicine and chief of pediatric primary care services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, deputy commander of clinical services at the Kirk US Army Medical Health Clinic and medical consultant for adolescents in the United States. Army general surgeon. In addition to many other important leadership positions, Dr. Adelman is an accomplished academician and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City.
Dr. Adelman has published on a variety of topics including quality adolescent health care, adolescent risk behaviors, tobacco use and cessation, and marijuana. He has served on numerous national committees including the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (chair), the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration committee on smoking cessation and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adolescence. Dr. Adelman is a retired U.S. Army Colonel.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Adelman to our wellness team at Penn,” said Benoit Dubé, vice president and head of wellness at Penn. “His unique and extensive experience in Adolescent Medicine will be a tremendous addition to our already large clinical team, further expanding our capabilities to provide a full range of comprehensive wellness services to our diverse student body. “
In his role at Penn, Dr Adelman will help the current management team advance their on-going transformational initiative to integrate clinical physical and behavioral health services to create new student health and counseling services ( SHCS) all inclusive. This position will oversee departments that provide comprehensive, world-class physical, mental and behavioral health services that promote the resilience and achievement of more than 26,000 undergraduates, graduates and professionals at Penn.
“I am honored to join such an exceptional group at Penn and to contribute to the holistic approach to health and wellness to maximize the well-being and success of all students in all aspects of life.” said Dr Adelman. “I have dedicated my professional career to improving the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults from a variety of backgrounds and settings, and I look forward to continuing this passionate pursuit at Penn. I am also excited to be returning to Philadelphia where I can agonize over the Eagles with friends and relatives and unabashedly support the Phillies, Flyers and Sixers!