William Adelman: Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling
William Adelman has been named the new Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling, effective July 1. This position was created to support the further integration of Penn’s clinical services.
Dr. Adelman has more than two decades of experience in adolescent medicine.He joins Penn from his most recent role 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 Kirk U.S. Army Medical Health Clinic, and as the adolescent medicine consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General. In addition to many other prominent leadership positions, Dr. Adelman is an accomplished academician and a professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine.
Dr. Adelman has published on varied subjects, including quality adolescent health care, adolescent risk behavior, 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/Veterans Administration committee on tobacco use cessation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adolescence. Dr. Adelman is a retired United States Army Colonel.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Adelman to our Wellness team at Penn,” said Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer at Penn. “His unique and extensive experience in adolescent medicine will be a tremendous addition to our already expansive clinical team, further broadening our abilities to provide a full spectrum of comprehensive wellness services to our diverse student body.”
In his role at Penn, Dr. Adelman will assist the current leadership team in advancing its ongoing transformative initiative to integrate physical and behavioral health clinical services to create a new, all-inclusive Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). This position will oversee departments that provide comprehensive, world-class physical, mental, and behavioral health services that nurture the resilience and success of the more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Penn.
“I am honored to join such a stellar group at Penn and to assist with the holistic approach to health and wellbeing to maximize wellness and achievement for all students in all aspects of life,” said Dr. Adelman. “I have dedicated my professional career to improving the health and wellness of adolescents and young adults from diverse backgrounds and in a range of settings, and I look forward to continuing that passionate pursuit while at Penn. I am also thrilled to return to Philadelphia where I can agonize over the Eagles with friends and relatives and unabashedly root for the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers!”