Arthur W. (Drew) Mellen IV, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Pennsylvania Hospital and clinical associate professor at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, died October 27 after a 12-year battle with leukemia and myelofibrosis. He was 64.
Dr. Mellen was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1972 and from Harvard College in 1976. He earned his degree in medicine from Jefferson Medical College in 1980 and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital.
For 33 years, he was a full-time obstetrician/gynecologist in Clinical Care Associates at Pennsylvania Hospital. He also served as a clinical assistant and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at PSOM from 1984 until his death. He was a faculty preceptor for two to three medical students for three to four clerkship rotations each year. The most recent reappointment letter from Deborah Driscoll, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, noted that “students love working with him and value his medical knowledge and clinical decision making abilities.” Her letter also stated that “although he no longer delivers patients he continues to provide prenatal care and gynecologic care. He has the busiest outpatient obstetrical practice at PAH. He is adored by his patients and highly respected as an outstanding clinician and a role model for our specialty.”
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ann Metzler; three sons, Peter, Gregory and Matthew; one daughter, Phoebe; two grandchildren; and four siblings.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Drew Mellen Fund, c/o Dr. Steven Ralston, Department of OB/GYN at Pennsylvania Hospital at 2 Pine East, 800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, or to the National Marrow Donor Registry at bethematch.org