Office of Institutional Advancement

Rodney D. Bell, MD, Invested as Lynne and Harold Honickman Professor of Neurology


Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College; Lynne Honickman; Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System; Rodney D. Bell, MD; and Harold Honickman.

Rodney D. Bell, MD, professor of neurology, was invested as the first Lynne and Harold Honickman Professor of Neurology at a ceremony on June 11, 2014.

In March 2014, longtime Jefferson friends Lynne and Harold Honickman established the professorship, which will promote clinical care and research in the field of neurology, vascular neurology and stroke.

The Honickmans have a long tradition of supporting Jefferson, including serving as chairs for the Jefferson Awards Gala.

Lynne Honickman is founder and president of the Honickman Foundation, which supports projects that promote the arts, health, education, social change and heritage. She is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Project HOME and CeaseFirePA; she also serves on the advisory boards of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, MANNA and the Support Center for Child Advocates. “Our personal belief, at the end of the day, is that we are here to take care of one another,” says Lynne.

Harold A. Honickman is the chairman of Pepsi Cola and National Brand Beverages, LTD, and Canada Dry Delaware Valley Bottling Company. He is a member of the board of trustees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, the Library Board at Duke University, vice chair of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and a member of Philadelphia's Children First Fund and Project HOME's Investment Committee. He is a member of and treasurer for the Philadelphia Award.

Bell joined Jefferson as associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery and director of the Cerebrovascular Center in 1985. He is currently professor of neurology and neurosurgery, director of the Acute Stroke Center and chief, Division of Cerebrovascular Disease. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association Stroke Council and chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Philadelphia Stroke Council Neurological Critical Care.

An active clinician and investigator, Bell focuses his studies on stroke prevention and modification of risk factors, neurophysiological monitoring of the critically ill patient, hypothermia, and novel therapies to treat brain ischemia. Click here to read more about his work.