Richard C. Wender

Richard C. Wender , MD

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1015 Walnut Street
Suite 401
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-7190
(215) 955-8600 fax

Medical School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - 1979


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia PA

Board Certification

Family Practice

Hospital Appointment

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Expertise & Research Interests

Richard C. Wender, MD is Alumni Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Wender directed the Family Medicine residency program at Thomas Jefferson for 10 years, became Vice Chair of the Department in 1995 and Chair in 2002. During his tenure as Department Chair, the Department of Family and Community Medicine has become one of the most successful comprehensive primary care departments in the nation with top rated pre-doctoral and residency programs, three fellowships, an extensive research portfolio, and numerous community partnerships. Dr. Wender also serves as President of JeffCare, Jeffersons Physician-Hospital Organization.

In addition to being a practicing family doctor, Dr. Wenders major area of academic focus has been cancer prevention and screening. He was the editor of the American Cancer Society Primary Care Physicians Newsletter for 10 years and is now on the Editorial Advisory Board of CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Dr. Wender served as President of the Philadelphia Division of the American Cancer Society and first President of the newly formed Commonwealth Division, now known as the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society. In 1997, Dr. Wender became the first family physician to be elected to the national American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and from 2006-2007, he served as National President of ACS, the first primary care clinician to serve as President in the organizations 93 year history. Dr. Wender has served on many ACS Committees and Chaired the organizations Access to Care Task Group. He played a crucial role in helping to guide the American Cancer Societys access to care initiative.

In addition to serving on the Steering Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Dr. Wender currently Chairs that organizations Professional Education and Practice Task Group. Dr. Wender worked with the CDC to develop A Call to Action, a national training program for clinicians about colorectal cancer prevention and screening as well as an ACS CD ROM focusing on colorectal cancer prevention and screening. Dr. Wender was a member of the ACS Colorectal and Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Groups and co-authored both guidelines. He has served as a Co-Investigator of several NCI funded studies designed to promote screening for prostate cancer and colon cancer. Dr. Wender is the recipient of the American Cancer Societys St George Medal, and National Divisional Award, and the Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.

Dr. Wender has also had a career-long commitment to education in diabetes. He has served as the co-director of several national diabetes education programs and as co-editor of the on-line newsletter, The Bottom Line, Achieving Diabetes Treatment Goals. He led Frontline Diabetes, a national education program for Family Medicine residents sponsored by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

Dr. Wender has lectured and written extensively about the role of primary care clinicians in preventive care. Understanding and overcoming barriers to primary care based preventive health services and chronic disease management is his focus of teaching and investigation while improving access to high quality care remains his principal passion.