Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams
Dr. Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams joined the KSTF Board of Trustees in April 2015. Dr. Rorke-Adams was a Senior Neuropathologist, Division of Neuropathology, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for 50 years.
Dr. Rorke-Adams began her career in clinical psychology. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the completion of a general rotating internship and a residency in Anatomic and Neuropathology at Philadelphia General Hospital, she chose to focus on pediatric neuropathology—a long-neglected field. Her pioneering studies of the normal/abnormal development of the infant brain, childhood brain tumors, the effects of inadequate oxygenation during the perinatal period and various nervous system disorders unique to children resulted in the publication of 294 peer-reviewed papers, multiple chapters in textbooks and two books. She has served on the editorial boards of leading journals, including the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, Brain Pathology and Pediatric Neuroscience.
Throughout her legendary career, Dr. Rorke-Adams has received many honors, including being elected President of the American Association of Neuropathology and receiving the Bronze Plaque from that organization for her contributions to the advancement of the field of neuropathology. She has been awarded honorary membership in several international neuropathology societies and in the American Society of Neuroradiology. Additionally, Dr. Rorke-Adams received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. In 2010, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia established the Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Chair in Pediatric Neuropathology. She is currently Secretary of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest organization of physicians in America.