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PCA President and CEO Najja R. Orr Inducted as a Distinguished Fellow by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia


On Friday, Nov. 19, PCA President & CEO Najja R. Orr was among 45 prominent physicians, civic leaders, public health advocates, and academics to be inducted as distinguished Fellows by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Founded in 1787, the College is a non-profit organization with the mission to “advance the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine.” The College is also home to the world-renowned Mütter Museum, which is dedicated to increasing public understanding of the mysteries of the human body as well as the history behind medical diagnoses and the treatment of disease.

College Fellows support and advise a number of projects relating to the medical humanities, including The Mütter Museum and the award-winning project Fellows also serves as advisors for several youth programs to assist Philadelphia high school students in achieving successful careers in STEM fields.

Orr joins an impressive list of renowned former Fellows, which includes U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Rush, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, and Thomas Dent Mütter, whose extensive medical collection is displayed at the famous museum bearing his name.

“I am honored to be named as a Fellow by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and to share in this honor with some of the city’s most esteemed leaders, past and present,” Orr said. “It is especially humbling to be listed among a group of such dedicated individuals who are working to keep our residents healthy, safe, and informed as our city continues to navigate the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

About The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians including Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. It is not an academic organization, as the name suggests, but a not-for-profit educational and cultural institution, with the mission of advancing the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. The College is home to the Mütter Museum, America’s finest museum of medical history, which displays collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century setting.

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