May 15, 2015 |
Chester E. Smith, 90, of Chestnut Hill, a family physician for more than 50 years, died Friday, May 1, at home of complications from leukemia. In 1959, Dr. Smith opened a home office on East Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill. He continued seeing patients as a solo practitioner well into his 80s. When his patients could not get to his medical office, he made house calls or visited them in assisted-living facilities. "He was one of a dying breed of doctors," his family said in a tribute.
December 24, 2014 |
EVERY CHRISTMAS morning, after the cookies are gone and crumpled wrapping paper covers the Earth, Santa parks his sleigh in a back yard in Cherry Hill and takes Uncle Izzy's 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow out for one last holiday mission. The car is snow white, just like the Santa beard Dr. Joseph Hassman, 79, adjusts in his dining room before pulling his uncle's beloved, mint Rolls out of the garage. Hassman, who is Jewish, drives down an empty Interstate 295 South toward Camden dressed as Santa every year on Christmas morning He visits the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey with a growing number of family members, his elves, in tow. Santa's become a universal figure who almost never fails to elicit smiles, Hassman said, and thinking of families living at that home during difficult times brings him to tears two days before Christmas.
September 21, 2014 |
One crisp morning during the fall of 2011, a 52-year-old operating-room nurse in Collegeville was walking her shih tzu when a neighbor's dog attacked them. The woman was pulled off her feet and slammed to the ground. She recalls hearing a kind of ringing sound but did not lose consciousness. She texted her husband about the dustup, finished walking the dog, and went about the rest of her day, thinking that she had escaped injury. In the coming weeks, however, she began having headaches, heard ringing in her ears and grew sensitive to light and noise.
April 14, 2014 |
FOR GREG and Gracie Pfeiffer, having a son born with a genetic disorder affecting his skull called for the expertise of craniofacial specialists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Doctors diagnosed their son, Danny, with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, a rare condition. Nearly 14 years later, Danny has had five reconstructive surgeries. "My doctors make me feel like an unstoppable person even through the hard times of surgeries," Danny said. "My doctors are my superheroes. " Danny's story was showcased yesterday to illustrate the importance of continuing the funding of medical resident programs at CHOP and other U.S. pediatric hospitals.
March 12, 2014 |
Irving Epstein, 82, of Moorestown, a family practice physician, died of pneumonia on Thursday, March 6, at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly. Dr. Epstein graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia in 1949 and earned his bachelor's in chemistry at Temple University in 1953. He earned his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at what is now Des Moines (Iowa) University in 1957. "There were some quotas regarding Jews getting into medical schools" at the time, and that might have been a reason for his choosing an osteopathic school, daughter Debra, an obstetrician/gynecologist, said.
October 10, 2013 |
William T. McKenna, 83, of Langhorne, a family doctor in Bucks County for three decades, died Saturday, Oct. 5, of cancer at his home. Born and raised in Port Richmond, Dr. McKenna graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a founding physician at Delaware Valley Hospital in Bristol and St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. Dr. McKenna practiced family medicine as a solo practitioner in Yardley for 30 years.
October 21, 2012 |
An estimated 10,000 family physicians gathered in Philadelphia this week to fulfill their annual continuing medical education requirements by attending lectures on everything from acne to vertigo. While the convention, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, was aimed at the professionals, Friday's session by Frank J. Domino had plenty of nuggets for anyone who has ever gotten sick or tried to avoid it. In other words, everyone. Domino, a family physician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, specializes in helping primary-care doctors stay abreast of good practices based on the latest research.
May 17, 2012 |
Rita Scott Barr maintained a family medical practice from her home in Overbrook Farms for more than 30 years. But when she turned 50, she decided to focus more on children. So she earned a fellowship in pediatric neurology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and, in 1967, embarked on a second career as a neurodevelopmental pediatrician there. On Saturday, May 12, Dr. Barr, 96, died at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, the retirement community in Montgomery County where she had lived for the last 14 years.
February 28, 2012
Michael F. Rafferty, 51, of Huntingdon Valley, a family physician, died Friday, Feb. 24, of pancreatic cancer at home. Since 2003, Dr. Rafferty had a family practice at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. Before that, he had been with a practice in Northeast Philadelphia for 13 years. Dr. Rafferty grew up in Drexel Hill and Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from George Washington High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1982 from La Salle University, where he played trombone in the pep and jazz bands.
December 30, 2011 |
Gino Gaetano Papola, 91, who practiced family medicine in South Philadelphia and Upper Darby for more than 50 years, died at Freedom Village in West Brandywine on Saturday, Dec. 24, 52 years after his first wife died and five weeks after the death of his second wife. When his first wife, Marie DeStefano Papola, died on Christmas Eve 1959, Dr. Papola, though grief-stricken, allowed his four young children to celebrate Christmas before telling them about their mother, his son John said.