Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn is a native of San Francisco, CA and currently lives in Oakland, CA. He was a pre-medical student at Morehouse College where he received his B.S. in Biology in 1999 and then went on to Howard University College of Medicine to receive his M.D. in 2003.
Dr. Penn’s heart is in public and community health. Following his initial medical training he has worked with numerous community based organizations advocating healthy lifestyle practices. He has previously reviewed community health and medical grants for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, worked with the UCSF Radiation Oncology Department as their Coordinator of Community Outreach and recently has served as a project coordinator for a Heart Health Study looking at the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids in African Americans.
Dr. Penn focuses much of his attention on the minority and underserved populations of his community, while providing health education and promoting good health and wellness through preventive health practices. Presently, Dr. Penn serves as an independent community health consultant with local organizations such as the Ethnic Health Institute of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, CA, and Healthy Oakland, Inc. and now serves as the Coordinator of Community Outreach through the UCSF Radiation Oncology Department.
His local community involvement has ranged from coordinating Prostate Cancer Screenings to providing health education for faith based organizations to participant recruitment for preventive health studies and promoting healthy living practices on community access television. Dr. Penn believes that as communities become more informed of their own health, they not only will become more empowered, but they will ultimately want to become more healthy.
Dr. Penn is a man of many talents as a photographic artist, author, speaker and physician. As an author he has written a chapter in the book entitled Finding Your North: Self Help Strategies for Science Related Careers. In his chapter he chronicles his journey from grade school to medical school and shares his many lessons learned. Dr. Penn is a physician by training but largely a photographer by passion. He has traveled much of the world gathering many photos of his experiences. His travels have taken him to six of the seven continents and most recently to West and East Africa. From this trip Dr. Penn has created two photo series called Faces of Ghana and Places of Ghana from his very own Marc Lorenz Photography Collection. Dr. Penn says the primary intention of his photography simply involves, "Sharing the world with the world, one photo at a time."
Awards & Honors
Vithalani KK, Parent CA, Thorn EM, Penn M, Larochelle DA, Devreotes PN, De Lozanne A. Identification of Darlin, a Dictyostelium Protein with Armadillo-like Repeats that Binds to Small GTPases and Is Important for the Proper Aggregation of Developing Cells. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 8:3095-3106, 1998.
Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science-Related Careers. Edited by Frederick L. Moore, Ph.D. & Michael L. Penn Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Chapter 10: Meeting Yourself at the Crossroads: A Personal Journey through Medical School. Pages: 105-126 By Marcus L. Penn, M.D.