Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Phaeton, MD

Rebecca Phaeton, MD
Class of 2004

The 2004 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine went on to complete her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Montefiore, New York.

Dr. Phaeton joined the faculty in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and microbiology and immunology at Penn State College of Medicine in 2014 after completing postdoctoral training as a reproductive scientist development program scholar at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her translational research at Penn State is focused on developing novel treatment alternatives for women with gynecological cancers.

Of the many titles Dr. Rebecca Phaeton holds—gynecologic oncologist, assistant professor, researcher—perhaps her favorite is “teacher.” Her clerkship students describe her as “engaging” and one who cares deeply about her students’ education, saying “through her teaching, I feel confident and proficient.” As the Director of the Physician-Scientist Training Program, she is intent on fostering the career of future leaders in medicine and science . 

While her cultural roots are from Haiti, this Texas born and bred native loves to conjure up memories with southern cooking blended with Haitian spices. In her time outside of the hospital, she also enjoys playing the piano, planning events and crafting American Girl Doll inspired pieces with her daughter Abigail.

Date Posted: Monday, February 1, 2021