Marie M. Gleason, MD, FAAP, FACC, Division of Cardiology, and Kim Smith-Whitley, MD, Division of Hematology, were selected as new members of the Academy of Master Clinicians at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Master Clinician award recognizes exceptional clinicians who consistently exemplify the highest standards of clinical care, humanism and professionalism. Over a five-year term, they will work with Penn Medicine leadership to improve the culture of clinical excellence and professionalism and to promote the ideal patient experience. They will help develop and lead professional development and training programs for faculty, residents, students, trainees and staff.
Gleason is associate chief and director of Outpatient and Community Cardiology for the Division of Cardiology. CHOP’s Cardiac Center handles one of the largest volumes of outpatient cardiac care in the nation, with more than 25,000 patient visits annually. Gleason oversees outpatient operations at the Main Campus and satellite locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
She also oversees a team that is on call around the clock for a network of community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These pediatric cardiologists visit hospitals whenever needed to evaluate suspected cardiac problems in newborns, infants, children and teenagers. Gleason specializes in echocardiography. She is also a fetal cardiologist, evaluating echocardiograms (ultrasound of the fetal heart) at the Main Hospital and at special screening sessions at community hospitals in Pennsylvania.
Smith-Whitley is clinical director of the Division of Hematology and medical director of the Sickle Cell Clinical Program. She initiated two innovative programs at CHOP: a short-stay Hematology Acute Care Unit, which quickly treats children experiencing a sickle cell crisis, getting them back home as soon as possible; and the Blue Tag program, which recruits blood donors for pediatric transfusions, especially from people of color for children of color.
Gleason and Smith-Whitley were honored in an award ceremony in March 2016.