Hendricks bio

Dr. Joan Hendricks


Dr. Joan Hendricks is the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet).

Prior to assuming her responsibilities as dean, she served on the faculty of the school for more than 20 years. In 2001, she became the first woman named to an endowed professorship at the school, when she was named the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Small Animal Medicine.

In addition to serving as chief of critical care in the Department of Clinical Studies in Philadelphia, Hendricks is founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center (VCIC) at the school and holds a secondary appointment as professor in the Department of Medicine at Penn Medicine.

During her sabbatical year, Dr. Hendricks chose to investigate how molecular biology could be applied to neuroscience, specifically to the field of sleep and sleep disorders, in which she is a recognized expert.

Dr. Hendricks earned her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also carried out her residency and postdoctoral fellowship. She has a BS in biology and psychology from Yale University.

She became the third woman dean of a veterinary school in the nation and the first at Penn Vet.

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