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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.
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September 30, 1995 | By Mark Jaffe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frederick Wayne Jarvis Sr., 88, a Philadelphia family physician for nearly half a century, died Wednesday of cancer in Rockville, Md. Dr. Jarvis graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1930. He immediately obtained his medical license and set up a practice on Master Street in West Philadelphia. "He started out as a full-service physician. He did births, obstetrics . . .," said his son, F. Wayne Jarvis Jr. of Potomac, Md. "He was really a family doctor in the truest sense, taking care of kids, their parents and grandparents.
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February 11, 2000 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dr. John A. Pfister, 83, of Gladwyne, a family doctor who made house calls during the 30 years he had a private practice in West Philadelphia, died of liver cancer Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. His daughter, Patricia Schoeniger, said her father was an "old-fashioned" doctor who considered visiting patients in their home a way of giving him a better insight into treating the whole person. "It was hard for him to leave his patients when he was away for any reason because he knew whoever filled in for him wouldn't be making home visits," Schoeniger said.
NEWS
March 9, 1989 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Irvin J. "Irv" Angert, osteopathic physical medical director of the Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Center of Philadelphia, died yesterday. He was 68 and lived in the city's Wynnefield section. Angert had been a director at the DRC, 2d and Arch streets, since 1976. A couple of days a week though, he still saw patients at his office at 29th Street and Girard Avenue. "He was the kind of guy who first of all loved medicine," said Dr. Ashley Angert, a son. "He took very seriously his commitment as a family doctor.
NEWS
January 13, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Richard F. Leedy Sr., 91, who practiced family medicine from an office at 38 Newton Ave. in Woodbury for half a century before retiring in 1989, died Tuesday at Resthaven Nursing and Convalescent Center in York, Pa. He had resided in Briney Breezes, Fla., since 1992. Dr. Leedy was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from George Williams College in Chicago and then attended New York University for two years before enrolling in the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, from which he graduated in 1933.
NEWS
September 28, 1994 | By Nicholas Wishart, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After John Malamon complained of pain in his groin, he was admitted to Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township for what his family says was a routine hernia repair. Malamon died in the hospital. His family, contending Malamon's doctors failed to monitor the patient's diabetes properly, filed suit against them yesterday in Gloucester County Superior Court. Malamon's former family doctor called the complaint "garbage," and said the death had nothing to do with the diabetes.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1989 | By Gilbert M. Gaul, Inquirer Staff Writer
During one 24-hour period last week, Dr. Richard J. Pierotti treated a small boy who had slipped under the family truck, an elderly woman with what appeared to be a cyst on one of her breasts, three cases of hypertension, two patients worried about cholesterol and a woman complaining of anxiety and severe headaches. "I have to apologize; this is sort of a routine day," the 42-year-old physician explained to a reporter following his daily activities. "But, then, this is what I do. So I guess it's good.
NEWS
April 26, 1993 | By Mark Jaffe, Susan FitzGerald and Donald C. Drake, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
It was a little after 7 a.m. when Ervin Fleishman walked into the hospital room of one of his longtime patients. The 83-year-old woman was lying quietly as he sat down on the edge of her bed. The day before, she had come to his office for a regular checkup, complaining of indigestion and shortness of breath. "She's not a complainer, so when she complains, I listen," Fleishman said. He gave her an electrocardiogram, saw menacing changes in the readout and quickly admitted her to Lankenau Hospital.
NEWS
April 8, 2011
Two sixth graders apparently were uninjured after an elevator they were riding plunged 30 feet Thursday afternoon at Sandy Run Middle School in Upper Dublin, a fire official said. Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a malfunction dropped the elevator to the bottom level, Upper Dublin Fire Marshal Timothy Schuck said. One boy was taken to his family doctor to be examined, and the other went to Abington Memorial Hospital at the request of his family doctor because he already was on crutches, Schuck said.
NEWS
March 8, 2010 | By Christina Hernandez FOR THE INQUIRER
Struggling with a hacking cough that kept getting worse, Paul Spelman needed to see a doctor in January - and fast. His wife was just weeks away from giving birth to their first child. But Spelman, 30, a graduate student at the Wharton School, didn't have a family doctor in Philadelphia. So when his cough woke him up early one morning, he searched online for a quick appointment in the city. Spelman landed on the DocAsap.com Web site, a start-up founded last summer by Wharton graduates that promises users same-day appointments.
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May 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 24, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | BY ASHLEY KUHN, Daily News Staff Writer kuhna@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 30, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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