Cardiology Fellow and Chestnut Hill Alumna to Speak at Honors Convocation
Anna Bortnick, M.D., Ph.D. to Deliver Keynote Address
Release Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Anna Bortnick, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiology fellow at the
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and alumna of Chestnut Hill College,
will present the keynote address at Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 26, 2009
at 1 p.m. in Sorgenti Arena.
Dr. Bortnick graduated from
Chestnut Hill College in 1997 summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in
biochemistry and molecular biology. While at Chestnut Hill, she was a
presidential scholar in the Interdisciplinary Scholars Program, served in
student government as the vice president for academic affairs, and was awarded
the St. Catherine Medal, the College’s highest honor for students.
After graduation from Chestnut Hill College, Dr.
Bortnick entered the combined M.D. and Ph.D. program at the College of Medicine
at Drexel University with a full academic scholarship. As a graduate student in
cardiovascular biology, she studied the formation of high-density lipoproteins,
also known as the “good cholesterol.” She published a number of papers in the
field, presented her work at national and international meetings, and was
inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. In 2003, Anna was
invited to spend six months as a postdoctoral fellow at the Universita della
Studie di Parma, in Parma, Italy, where she continued her work on lipoproteins
while also learning to speak Italian. In 2005, Anna graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from
Drexel University with an award for excellence in clinical and academic
medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Harvard’s Brigham and
Women’s Hospital and later went on to serve as chief resident at the West
Roxbury Veteran Administration Hospital. Dr. Bortnick returned to Philadelphia
in July 2008 to pursue a cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University
of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Outside of academic life, Dr. Bortnick is a world
traveler, fluent in both French and Italian. Her recent travels have taken her
to Chile, New Zealand, and Borneo.