Penn Medicine News Blog: Posts by Rob Press

Rob PressAs Digital Communications Editor for the Penn Medicine Department of Communications, Rob handles the posting of press releases and overall maintenance of the Penn Medicine News site. He also has a hand in Penn Medicine's social media outreach, and assists with photography and light technical support within the office. Prior to arriving at Penn Medicine, Rob was a journalist and medical reporter in the South Jersey area. He is a graduate of Rowan University, with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.

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Hips Don't Lie; Neither Do Radiologists

January 20, 2016 // Comments Hip

On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a... Read more

Learning New Things through Old Maps

December 23, 2015 // Comments Big map

This post started with a map. I wanted to take a look at how the Penn Medicine campus evolved over the years from an aerial perspective, and I stumbled across a real gem. You should click on it to see it full-size, but be warned: It’s huge. It’s a very... Read more

Big Looks at Small Things: The Thanksgiving Day War for Your Stomach

November 25, 2015 // Comments Untitled-1

Welcome to Big Looks at Small Things (BLAST), an in-depth, medically grounded look at the small things, moments, and experiences most of us share in but never think about. Today: We’re looking at the war for your stomach. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and by now we’ve all been inundated yet again... Read more

Penn Medicine Day in the Life 2015

October 30, 2015 // Comments

If you’re unfamiliar with Penn’s Day in the Life project, you should familiarize yourself with our previous efforts (here, here, and here). As a concept, it’s one of my favorite things about working here: One day out of the year, the University of Pennsylvania tells its students to go forth... Read more

A Weekend Inside the Pope-rimeter at Penn Medicine (Slideshow)

October 2, 2015 // Comments

So the Pope came to town. Dunno if you heard. Pope Francis's historic visit to Philadelphia was an uneventful kind of eventful — which is to say that based on crowd estimates for the historic event, we here at Penn Medicine were prepared for an enormous surge of patients speaking... Read more

Zion Harvey's Visit with Dr. Levin

September 10, 2015 // Comments

If you follow the news at all, chances are that you've heard the name Zion Harvey. In the beginning of the summer, the eight-year-old made headlines around the world as the first pediatric patient to ever receive a bilateral hand transplant. The transplant team, which included nearly two dozen individuals... Read more

Of Ambulation, Umbrellas, and Fruit

August 12, 2015 // Comments 1

It seems kind of silly in retrospect, but one of the things I never really thought about before taking a job here in Philadelphia is one of the most basic aspects of city life: walking. If you’ve ever worked in or moved to a city after living and working out... Read more

Farewell to a Roof with a View

July 15, 2015 // Comments

I don’t think it’s out of line to say that Penn Tower just isn’t a very pretty building. A former hotel, the 40-year-old tower reaches 23 floors into the sky, standing tall over the Henry A. Jordan Medical Education Center and the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Unfortunately, next to... Read more

What E3 Can Teach Us About the Future of Medicine

June 17, 2015 // Comments

If you follow technology with any kind of regularity, chances are you’re keeping your eyes on Los Angeles this week for the 21st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It’s an event that always keeps me glued to a bunch of different news outlets for a few days — but because... Read more

250 Years of Progress, Here's to 250 More

May 26, 2015 // Comments

A whole lot can happen in 250 years. That’s partially because — and I guess this isn’t much of a surprise — 250 years is a long time. Long enough for a standard snail to circle the globe about 2.64 times (seriously, I did the math). Long enough for Niagara... Read more

By the Numbers, However Large They May Be

April 13, 2015 // Comments

I hate math, but I love statistics. One of my favorite statistics is more of an exercise in understanding the enormity of large numbers, and it goes like this: Say a friend or loved one has a baby. If you gave that baby a dollar every second, it would be... Read more

So Fresh, So Green

March 16, 2015 // Comments

If you noticed an inordinate amount of green things — clothing, party favors, fast food milkshakes — floating around this past weekend, then you’re probably well aware tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. I attended an Irish wedding on Saturday, and while the ceremony was very traditional and reserved, the reception... Read more

What We've Been Up To: January and February, in Pictures

February 21, 2015 // Comments

If you feel like you've seen an awful lot of "Hey, check out some shots from the grand opening of [insert massive medical facility here]!" lately, that's because, well ... yeah, we've been opening a whole bunch of new space. In just the past few months we've celebrated the opening... Read more

No Context Like Snow Context

January 26, 2015 // Comments

We're going to venture a little bit off the beaten path for a second. See, you might've noticed we've had history on the mind a lot lately. Naturally, we're excited about the Perelman School of Medicine's 250th year, and it's helping us put a lot of things into perspective we... Read more

The Pavilion for Advanced Care: Renderings and Reality

January 5, 2015 // Comments image from

As we look toward the opening of our new Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC) and the transition of our trauma center from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, throughout the month of January, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest news and... Read more

The Trend: More than a Twitter Sidebar

December 5, 2014 // Comments image from

I've always found one of the most fascinating aspects of social media to be its Hemingway-like quest to pack as much information into as small a space as possible. What started with Xanga and LiveJournal — two of the many longform blogging platforms us angsty teenagers of the early 2000s... Read more

Penn Medicine Day in the Life 2014

November 12, 2014 // Comments

It’s fall, and with fall come a few annual traditions: the leaves changing color, pumpkin spice everything, Christmas decorations a full two months early, and — most relevant to us here at Penn Medicine — the Day in the Life project. It’s a yearly visual documentation of life here at... Read more

What IS a day in the life at Penn Medicine?

October 20, 2014 // Comments

So tomorrow is the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Day in the Life project, and we’re pretty excited. I’ve taken photos for two previous Day in the Life projects during my time here at Penn Medicine (you can find those here and here), and both times I’ve been amazed at the... Read more

Penn Medicine News: Now in Video Form!

August 11, 2014 // Comments

One of the things I love most about technology — and specifically, the Internet — is that it has made the dissemination of information easier than ever before. I’m typing this on a laptop that is only slightly larger than a textbook but could, in no time at all, download... Read more

Our Most Important Social Media Metric: You.

July 21, 2014 // Comments image from

Social media has been around for about two decades now, believe it or not. The concept of it dates back all the way to 1994, with the now largely defunct GeoCities — which most of the technologically-inclined members of my generation used to build at least one very, very ugly... Read more

Lasers and Drones: June at Penn Medicine, in Photos

June 30, 2014 // Comments

The University of Pennsylvania campus largely falls silent in the summer months, but Penn Medicine keeps on truckin'. In fact, the month of June featured two of my favorite photography assignments thus far: lasers and drones. I'll explain. Hang in there, we've got a slideshow at the end of the... Read more

Every Trinket Tells a Story: Penn Medicine Office Space

June 10, 2014 // Comments image from

For some, an office is just another place to be during the day. For others, it's an expression of who they are, where they've been, or where they want to go. Penn Medicine Office Space highlights some of the latter, looking at various interesting offices from around the health system.... Read more

PPMC's Take Your Child to Work Day 2014 — in photos!

May 9, 2014 // Comments

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)’s annual Take Your Child to Work Day — wherein hundreds of children are led through various stations in the hospital, learning about the inner workings and interesting aspects of a daily job at the hospital — fell on April 24 this year, and featured stations... Read more

More Photos from Around Penn Medicine

April 14, 2014 // Comments

In late February, Penn Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center joined forces with the City of Philadelphia to wrap up American Heart Month by offering free cardiovascular screenings for city employees. The screenings, which included blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, peripheral vascular screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screens, are preventive... Read more

Making Their Mark on the Future: A Beam Signing at Penn Medicine

February 26, 2014 // Comments

In late January, many Penn Medicine employees braved the cold to sign two steel beams situated in a parking lot across from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. One beam will sit atop the Pavilion for Advanced Care (at 38th and Powelton Streets), while the other will top Penn Medicine University City... Read more

Penn Medicine In the News: Philly vs. the Polar Vortex

January 8, 2014 // Comments

It has been difficult to avoid the term polar vortex this week, as an aberration in Arctic winds led to much of the country experiencing dangerously low temperatures. Though Philadelphia escaped the worst this phenomena had to offer, temperatures in the city still dropped to their lowest point in several... Read more

A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine

December 16, 2013 // Comments

Each autumn, the University of Pennsylvania showcases its myriad activities — scholarly and otherwise — in a photo project called A Day in the Life. One day a year, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., everybody at UPenn is invited to submit photographs of what they're up to at any...

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

September 4, 2013 // Comments

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse... Read more

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

July 16, 2013 // Comments

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse... Read more

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Month or So Around Penn Medicine

May 23, 2013 // Comments IMG_1320

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse... Read more

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Month or So Around Penn Medicine

April 25, 2013 // Comments IMG_0779

In a previous post, I noted that most of my work as Digital Communications Editor takes place online, rarely expanding beyond the reaches of my keyboard. But that was five months ago, and six months since I got my first in-depth view of the whole Penn Medicine enterprise while shooting... Read more

Penn Medicine and the Day in the Life Project: A Lesson in Scale

December 7, 2012 // Comments IMG_8896

As a Digital Communications Editor, much — if not all — of my typical day is spent behind a keyboard in a regular office separate from our clinical facilities. For someone who is relatively new to Penn Medicine, this can create issues of scale. You’re told from the very beginning... Read more

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