Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurosurgery (also director of the Translational Neuromodulation Lab in the Perelman School of Medicine and co-director of the CNT) has been awarded the 2017 Fellow in Leadership Award by Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. This fellowship is awarded to three mid-career physicians nationwide who exhibit outstanding leadership in their institutions. Alpha Omega Alpha provides one year of funding to winners as they explore creative, sustainable, and ethical modes of leadership. Penn Medicine will match Lucas’ funding award.
Clinical revenues are strained as insurance reimbursements fall, funding for grants from the National Institutes of Health are becoming more competitive, and academic positions are being depleted. Lucas hopes to identify innovative business models that can provide a viable financial future for both academic medical centers and hospitals.