The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences’ commitment to educational excellence was forged the moment we broke ground in 1980, thanks to a generous donation from our benefactor, U.S. Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg and his wife. In our over 30-year history, we have provided both primary care and specialist educational programs and we present over 180,000 certificates to health care professionals annually.

Walter H. Annenberg

Founder/donor Walter H. Annenberg was born in 1908 and enjoyed a distinguished career as a publisher, broadcaster, diplomat, and philanthropist. He graduated from The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, and attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He entered the family publishing business in Philadelphia, where he became President of Triangle Publications in 1940 and, subsequently, Chairman of the Board. Ambassador Annenberg also pioneered educational programming via television, for which he received multiple awards, including the:

  • Alfred I. DuPont Award
  • Marshall Field Award
  • Ralph Lowell Medal for his “outstanding contribution to public television”

Ambassador Annenberg founded The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 1971. By the late 1980s, after selling all of his publishing enterprises, Ambassador Annenberg devoted his attention to philanthropy and public service. He was:

  • Founder/trustee of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships and Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California
  • Trustee of the Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowships
  • Emeritus Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Peddie School

Walter H. Annenberg (1908-2002)

Walter and Leonore Annenberg pledge $5 million

January 1, 1979

Walter and Leonore Annenberg pledge $5 million

to build an educational facility on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus

Construction begins

January 29, 1980

Construction begins

Center Dedication

January 29, 1981

Center Dedication

featuring Bob Hope, Walter Annenberg, and a letter from Pope John Paul II

First medical conference

January 29, 1982

First medical conference

hosted at the Annenberg Center with healthcare professionals from around the world

Walter and Leonore Annenberg pledge $5 million

January 1, 1983

Walter and Leonore Annenberg pledge $5 million

payable over a 10-year period, for educational programming at Annenberg Center

First audio teleconference

January 3, 1983

First audio teleconference

hosted by Annenberg Center for educational outreach

Council of Continuing Education Accreditation

January 29, 1984

Council of Continuing Education Accreditation

earned to solidify the Annenberg Center’s commitment to supporting ongoing CME credits

Video/Audio production facility begins operation

June 29, 1984

Video/Audio production facility begins operation

First video teleconference

June 29, 1985

First video teleconference

linked by satellite to 19 major U.S. cities

World Medical Conference

June 29, 1986

World Medical Conference

Annenberg Center hosts World Medical Conference, conducted in five languages, for the first time

Acquisition of transportable satellite uplink

June 29, 1987

Acquisition of transportable satellite uplink

Medicine for the 21st Century Forum

January 29, 1988

Medicine for the 21st Century Forum

hosted at the Annenberg Center

Frontiers of Biomedical Science meeting with Nobel Prize winners

June 29, 1988

Frontiers of Biomedical Science meeting with Nobel Prize winners

hosted at the Annenberg Center

Creation of Man Scanamural

January 1, 1989

Creation of Man Scanamural

artistically added to rotunda of Annenberg Center

Third International Conference on Continuing Education

January 1, 1989

Third International Conference on Continuing Education

with keynote speaker former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

First National Disaster Conference

January 1, 1991

First National Disaster Conference

hosted at the Annenberg Center

Upjohn Co./Annenberg joint networks established

January 1, 1992

Upjohn Co./Annenberg joint networks established

in Japan, serving the Pacific Rim; New Zealand; and Columbia, serving Central and South America

Care Beyond Cure

January 1, 1994

Hospice Helping Physicians Treat the Terminally Ill, televised on CNBC

First Day of Hope for Diabetes

January 1, 1995

First Day of Hope for Diabetes

established as a commitment to influence better care

First conference on patient safety

January 1, 1996

First conference on patient safety

hosted at the Annenberg Center to influence quality care

First Africa Calls distance learning program

January 1, 1998

First Africa Calls distance learning program

established to continue global influence of Annenberg Center

First fellows mentoring program

January 2, 1998

First fellows mentoring program

hosted at the Annenberg Center

Award-Winning documentary

January 1, 1999

PBS airing of award-winning documentary produced by Annenberg Center on the art of aging in America

Obesity conference series

January 1, 2000

Obesity conference series

addressing pressing society health issues

Inaugural World Congress for Insulin Resistance Syndrome

January 1, 2003

Inaugural World Congress for Insulin Resistance Syndrome

hosted at the Annenberg Center

First Community Heart Conference

January 1, 2004

First Community Heart Conference

hosted at the Annneberg Center

Inaugural Critical Care Conference

January 1, 2005

Inaugural Critical Care Conference

Leonore Annenberg donates $2.5 million

January 1, 2007

Leonore Annenberg donates $2.5 million

Establishing an endowment to support and expand programs

Annual Leonore Annenberg Lecture launched

January 1, 2007

Annual Leonore Annenberg Lecture launched

26th Annual Sleep Disorders in Infancy & Childhood international

January 1, 2008

26th Annual Sleep Disorders in Infancy & Childhood international

conference at the Annenberg Center

Quality Improvement Program

January 1, 2009

Quality Improvement Program

developed education to improve inpatient glycemic control in patients with diabetes

First Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program

January 1, 2011

First Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program

Annenberg Center helped address gaps in the management of osteoporosis

Annenberg Center’s pediatric nutrition site

January 1, 2014

Annenberg Center’s pediatric nutrition site

pediatricnutritionce.org exceeds over 10,000 registered users

Annenberg Center hosted Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Workshop with Hands-On Labs

January 1, 2014

Annenberg Center hosted Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Workshop with Hands-On Labs

to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform EBUS procedures

The Annenberg Center certified EMC’s Transgender Symposium

January 1, 2015

The Annenberg Center certified EMC’s Transgender Symposium

as part of an initiative to better serve the needs of the Coachella Valley transgender community

10th Annual Master Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

February 1, 2015

10th Annual Master Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health

June 23, 2016

Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health

accredited by the Annenberg Center.

New Live Meeting Series

August 9, 2016

New Live Meeting Series

to improve the healthcare experience of transgender and gender-nonconforming patients.