Leonard Jarett, MD, FACBDr. Leonard Jarett graduated with honors from Rice University.He then graduated Cum laude from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was a member and President of AOA, and received two senior awards, for academics and for research.
After medical school graduation in 1962 he
began two years of residency in Anatomic Pathology under the tutelage of the late Paul E. Lacy, M.D., Ph.D. In 1964 Dr. Jarett went to the NIH as a research associate for two years in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Hendler, a well-known membrane biologist.
...In 1969 Dr. Jarett was appointed the first head of the academic division of Laboratory Medicine in the departments of Pathology and Medicine.He
also was made the first full-time Director of the Barnes Hospital Diagnostic Laboratories
was charged with the development of an academic division built on basic biological research, an excellent teaching program and outstanding service.He
developed faculty and trained residents along these lines with great success.In 1973 he was promoted to full professor of Medicine and Pathology.
By that time the faculty and the training program ranked as one of the finest in the country, attracting many MD/PhD's for training, based on Dr. Jarett's encouragement to do two years of basic research, one of which he
Dr. Jarett's accomplishments, both in his
research and in his
academic career, led to his
being offered and accepting the chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
, and he
moved to Philadelphia in 1980.He
urged the department at Penn. to implement the type of program he
had created at Washington University
.They agreed with enthusiasm.Within five years, they had one of the top departments in the country, based on the quality of the faculty, trainees and fellows and the number and amount of grants. Dr. Jarett served as chair for three six-year terms, receiving outstanding reviews from external and internal reviewers as well as the faculty, residents and fellows of the department.
Among the awards for his
achievements in research, teaching and service were: the David Rumbaugh Award, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; the Alumni Achievement Award, Washington University; Gerald Evans Award, ACLPS; the E. Clifford Torns Award, University of South Alabama; Van Slyke Award, New York section of Clinical Chemistry; Presidential Citation, AACC; Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovators Award, University of Pennsylvania; Meritorious Service Award, Pathology Chairs; Gold-Headed Cane Award, ASIP; Special Dean's Award in recognition of outstanding service and commitment, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Jarett's major research accomplishments included his
observations that insulin caused the behavior of occupied insulin receptors on adipocytes to behave differently than any other cells.His
research group accomplished this by developing the first electron dense marker for insulin, ferratin-insulin and subsequently nana-gold insulin, and further showed that insulin is internalized to the cell nucleus.He
has had numerous publications on insulin's control of signal transduction.He
was elected to the prestigious ASCL and AAP and more recently, as a fellow of the NACB
. Dr. Jarett served in roles outside of the University of Pennsylvania, including serving on study sections, site visits, editorial boards and advisory committees for the NIH, AACC, and the JDF, and other universities' Diabetes Centers.He served his University as Vice President of the Medical Board, chairman of the Clinical Practices, on the boards of the Diabetes and Cancer Centers, on the board of the Howard Hughes Advisory Committee, and chairman of the committee to review faculty mentoring.He was Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs for two years.He
was the first recipient of the Simon Flexner Chair, established by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.Upon his
stepping down as Chair, his
department endowed the Leonard Jarett Distinguished Professor Chair, and the residents established an Annual Leonard Jarett Research Symposium.