Dr. Nicholas C. Pedano, 77; was surgery chief at Phila. hospital

Dr. Nicholas C. Pedano
Dr. Nicholas C. Pedano
Posted: July 16, 2012

Dr. Nicholas C. Pedano, 77, chief of surgery at the Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine from the late 1970s into the 1990s, died of coronary disease on Friday, July 13, at Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center.

A resident of King of Prussia, Dr. Pedano had a vacation home in Jupiter.

Dr. Pedano was president in 1990-91 of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, from which he received a Distinguished Service Award in 1995.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Pedano earned a bachelor's in biology at Villanova University in 1956, a doctorate in 1961 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a surgery degree there in 1965, daughter Monica Pedano said.

Dr. Pedano was an attending surgeon at the osteopathic hospital from 1965 to his retirement in 1998, she said, and was named president of its medical staff in 1978.

A professor of surgery at the osteopathic hospital from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, he became director of the general surgery residents' training program there in the 1980s.

Dr. Pedano was a member of the board of trustees at the osteopathic hospital from 1984 to 2009, his daughter said, and in 1994 was chairman of the capital campaign for the osteopathic college.

In 2007, he was president of the board of directors of the college's alumni association.

He maintained a private surgical practice in Bala Cynwyd for 36 years.

Dr. Pedano was chairman of the surgery department at Graduate Hospital from 1993 to 1995, his daughter said, and an attending surgeon at several hospitals in the Philadelphia region while at the osteopathic hospital.

He was a board member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Opera Guild and the Philadelphia Zoological Society, among others.

Besides daughter Monica, Dr. Pedano is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Bernice, sons Nicholas C. Jr., James, Francis and Joseph, daughter Andrea D. Pedano and 15 grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, and from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Thursday, July 19, both at Mother of Divine Providence Church, 333 Allendale Rd., King of Prussia, before a Funeral Mass there at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19.

Burial is to be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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