November 6, 2014 |
Maurice Abramson, 103, formerly of Elkins Park, a family physician who practiced in Kensington for many years, died Friday, Oct. 24, at his home in Plantation, Fla. Born in Newark, N.J., Dr. Abramson spent his childhood in Belleville, N.J., where he learned to play the violin. He graduated from Cornell University in 1933 and Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1937. After serving an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital for two years, he set up a family practice in Kensington with the aim of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist.
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.
December 26, 2013 |
Dr. J. Arthur Steitz, 98, a World War II veteran who became a physician with a passion for family medicine, died Sunday, Dec. 15, of natural causes at the Medford Leas retirement community in Burlington County. Dr. Steitz's 45-year career as a doctor included everything from house calls to emergency room medicine. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Steitz earned degrees from Albright College and Jefferson Medical College. Following his service in the Eastern Flying Training Command of the Army Air Corp, he and his family returned to Burlington County, where his wife, Marion, grew up. In 1947, Dr. Steitz opened a family practice in Mount Holly, where he saw patients in the small community for $1.50 a visit and made house calls for $2 that included delivering babies, his family said.
October 20, 2013 |
Tom Shaffrey is an old-fashioned family doctor, the kind who calls his patients by their first name and can tell the severity of their problem just by listening to them. But he's worried that he and other small New Jersey primary-care physicians won't be able to keep practicing their brand of personal medicine because insurers are elbowing them out of business through narrow provider networks in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act. "We have no way to know exactly how this is going to play out, but the indication is that our members will be dropped, will be excluded from seeing patients that they may have known for a majority of their lives," said Shaffrey, president of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.
April 19, 2013 |
Prosecutors say they will finish their case Thursday in the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. At the end of Wednesday's session, Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron told the "good news" to the Common Pleas Court jury that began hearing evidence on March 18. "That's not good news, that's great news," quipped Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart. The defense for Gosnell and codefendant Eileen O'Neill, 56, an alleged unlicensed doctor who worked in Gosnell's family practice, will begin presenting evidence Monday.
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.
February 5, 2012 |
Dr. Edward H. McGehee, 90, who served as director of medicine at Chestnut Hill Hospital and director of family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, died Sunday, Jan. 29, of heart failure at Bishop White Lodge of Cathedral Village, the retirement community in Roxborough. Richard C. Wender, alumni professor and chair of the department of family and community medicine at Jefferson University, offered this appreciation: "Ed McGehee was the embodiment of the outstanding primary-care clinician: warm, passionate, dedicated, and brilliant.
December 30, 2011 |
Nacianceno T. Largoza, 84, of Drexel Hill, a family physician who was active in the Filipino community and in medical societies in the Philadelphia area, died of heart failure Saturday, Dec. 24, at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Largoza completed medical training in the Philippines and practiced general medicine in his native Quezon province for nine years before immigrating to the United States in 1966. He interned at Northeastern Hospital in Philadelphia, completed a residency at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, and passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Medical Boards and the Federal Licensing Examination.
November 23, 2011 |
Dr. Mary Longo Papola, 92, a physician who cared for families in South Philadelphia and Upper Darby, died of sepsis Saturday, Nov. 19, at Freedom Village, a retirement community in West Brandywine. Dr. Papola grew up in South Philadelphia, where her Italian immigrant parents ran a bakery. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic High School, earned a bachelor's degree from Immaculata College, and was one of five women to earn a medical degree from Temple University in 1943.