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Jefferson Signs Partnership Agreement with Catholic University and Gemelli University Hospital in Italy


The Future is Global

Jefferson, Catholic University and Gemilli University Hospital press conference

ROME, ITALY –  Thomas Jefferson University has signed a new partnership with Catholic University of Sacro Cuore (UCSC) and the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome that will allow exchanges of medical students and health research.

The signing of the agreement follows a 23-year relationship between the two major universities and health care systems. The agreement:

  • Creates a formal relationship for an unprecedented exchange of medical students from each university,
  • Creates opportunities for exchanges with students from other disciplines, including Philadelphia University undergraduates with the Milan Catholic University campus, and
  • Creates the opportunity for clinical research and international clinical trials between the health systems to support breakthroughs in precision medicine.

The relationship has been built through the work of faculty members in each institution, including Dr. Joseph Gonnella, Dr. Ignazio Marino, and The Honorable Andrea Canepari, Consult General of Italy in Philadelphia.

The partnership was signed by TJU President and CEO Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, with Provost and Dean Mark Tykocinski, MD.

“The future of education and research is global,” Dr. Klasko said. “This agreement envisions formal exchanges between two major academic health centers that will open opportunities between Europe and the United States.”

Franco Anelli, the Rector of Università Cattolica, said the agreement will boost medical science. "The signing of this memorandum is a great opportunity for our students and researchers because it allows us to link our School of Medicine with a medical school of great international prestige. We are confident that this collaboration will bring mutual fruits to the advancement of medical sciences for the good of the people. "

Rocco Bellantone, the Dean of the school of medicine UCSC, said the medical student exchange will be unpredented. "In a globalized world this is the right time because two great institutions like ours collaborate to produce better from the point of view of research and clinical trials, together with the Fondazione Agostino Gemelli of Rome. In addition, the 'clinical rotation' is a great opportunity for our medical students because it will bring them to Jefferson and gain a degree in medicine with value in both Italy and the United States."