Jerome Staller was always an innovator. An accomplished businessman with a doctorate in economics, he founded the Center for Forensic Economic Studies,
one of the first consulting firms in the United States to focus on the analysis of damages and liability in civil litigation. He continued to break new ground
in forensic economics and then as a best-selling author. When Mr. Staller needed treatment for a heart condition, he chose another innovator — Michael A. Acker,
M.D., Penn’s chief of cardiovascular surgery and one of the nation’s top heart surgeons.
The relationship between Mr. Staller and Dr. Acker was one of mutual admiration, according to Staller’s son, Chad. The Staller family spent a great deal of time at Penn as Mr. Staller was undergoing treatment. The Stallers came to know Dr. Acker and the staff well, and appreciated the expertise and professionalism of everyone at Penn Medicine. In gratitude for the care he received at Penn, Mr. Staller made a gift to Penn Medicine through life insurance. He passed away in 2008.
“My father respected how everyone at Penn held themselves to the highest standards,” says Chad. “He was himself a successful man and Dr. Acker is a superior surgeon. My father saw something good happening with Dr. Acker and his staff in the cardiac unit.”
Naming Penn Medicine as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy is a wonderful way to incorporate Penn into your estate plans. Donating a paid-up life insurance policy can be an effective way to make a generous gift, reduce your taxable estate and receive a federal income tax deduction.