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February 5, 2002 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. Milton B. Levine, 86, a retired anesthesiologist and family-practice physician who charged $2 for house calls and sometimes accepted payment in the form of homemade lasagna, died of heart failure Thursday at his home at the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford. Dr. Levine's nearly 60-year medical career took the New Jersey native to Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967, to Native American reservations in the Southwest, and to cruise ships that sailed to the Galapagos Islands.
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May 5, 1993 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
"I used to think that cardiothoracic surgeons and neurosurgeons - all surgeons - they're the real doctors. They're the doctors at the forefront," says Kenneth Williams, fourth-year student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "But then I realized it's really the family doctors who play the key role. There's a reason why we call them primary-care doctors. "They are the front line. They are the warriors. They're the patient's friend, psychiatrist, counselor and teacher.
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February 20, 2001 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Harold B. Wells Jr., 94, an old-fashioned family lawyer who practiced for more than half a century, died Saturday at the Evergreens in Moorestown. Born in Bordentown City, he lived there for most of his life until moving to Moorestown in 1995. Mr. Wells, a second-generation lawyer, was in the family practice of Wells & Wells of Bordentown City and later Wells, Hillman & Wells of Mount Holly. He began his law practice in 1932. "He was a wonderful lawyer, a family lawyer in the sense that he represented people . . . in mostly real estate and banking transactions as well as wills and estates," said Superior Court Judge Harold B. Wells 3d, his son. "He did a lot of hand-holding of people who were buying property or settling estates.
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July 16, 2005 | By Dawn Fallik INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marc Goldberg decided to be an anesthesiologist because of the intense pace of the operating room, because of the hands-on involvement with patients, and because he wanted to be able to see his wife now and then. Goldberg, along with more than 20,000 other recent medical school graduates, stepped into his first year of residency this month, working in the cardiac care unit at Abington Memorial Hospital. In a trend that started 20 years ago, the residents are taking spots in fields such as psychiatry, radiology and dermatology, leaving hospitals to fill many internal medicine and family practice slots with international students.
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April 1, 1996 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
It seems to Dr. Larry Kramer that every time he's out to dinner socially, the conversation comes around to congratulating fellow physicians' selling their practices to a hospital system. And each time the Port Richmond physician silently wonders, "Maybe I should be next. Maybe I am waiting too long. " In his Port Richmond office, Kramer is the traditional family practitioner. He sees children, parents and grandparents. He knows about their migraines, their marital problems, their muscle strains.
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March 8, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kevin Lickfield, convicted in 2003 of illegally selling prescriptions for powerful painkillers, wanted a second chance to practice medicine. "Frankly, I am a middle-aged man who would simply like to be useful again," the Pennsauken doctor wrote to a federal judge in 2008, seeking to terminate his supervised release in an effort to get his medical license reinstated. He assured the judge he would prove himself worthy. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle turned Lickfield down.
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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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November 17, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. Mustapha M. Khan, 74, of Cherry Hill, a family physician in Camden for more than half a century, died last Tuesday of complications from kidney disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. Dr. Khan opened a family practice in Camden in 1958. Until retiring earlier this year, he was committed to treating everyone who came through his door, his son Amir said. "Often this meant being paid by his patients with sweet potato pies and chicken dinners," his son said.
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August 7, 1990 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, Special to The Inquirer
Dr. Edwin R. Rosner, 81, a Haddonfield resident and longtime Collingswood physician, died Friday in Palm Beach, Fla. A native of Vienna, Dr. Rosner graduated from the University of Vienna in 1934, specializing in gynecology and obstetrics for four years before moving to the United States in 1939. He interned at West Jersey Hospital-Camden and was a member of the staff until his death. He retired two years ago from family practice in Collingswood after 44 years. Aside from his medical practice, Dr. Rosner was noted for his sculpting, painting and photography.
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October 12, 2000 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
S. Thomas Carter Jr., 72, a longtime South Jersey physician and founder of a family-practice residency program, died Monday after a long illness at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Voorhees. He was a Moorestown resident for the last 14 years and previously lived in Haddonfield and Collingswood. Dr. Carter had his practice in Collingswood from 1954 until 1978. In 1978, Dr. Carter founded the Tatem Brown Family Practice Residency Program for West Jersey Hospital. When West Jersey wanted to start a training program for new physicians wanting to specialize in family practice, hospital officials asked Dr. Carter to start the program, recalled William McDonnell, former West Jersey vice president for medical affairs.
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February 10, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Louis Wm. Martini, 86, of Springfield, Delaware County, and Naples, Fla., a family physician who practiced in Philadelphia and then Upper Darby, died Thursday, Feb. 4, of pancreatic cancer at home. For more than 40 years, Dr. Martini cared for his patients in an attentive, personal manner. He retired in 1994 after experiencing health problems. "He did everything for his patients, from delivering their babies to being there to comfort them at the end of their lives," his family said.
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January 13, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At Advocare Berlin Medical Associates, five Dr. Hassmans are in the house. There's Dr. Joseph Hassman, the patriarch; his sons, Howard, David, and Michael; and his daughter, Elissa. Lillian, Joe's wife of 60 years, sometimes offers counseling sessions there as well. And Jared and Mitchell Hassman, two of their 11 grandkids, work in the front office of the Crosskeys Road complex. "Talk about a family practice," Joe, 80, says. "How often do you have all four of your kids follow in your footsteps, and under one roof?
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December 7, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ian Matheson Ballard, 78, a physician and a resident of Radnor before moving to Bryn Mawr in 2011, died Monday, Nov. 30, from complications of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. He and wife Helen Clothier Ballard celebrated their 33d wedding anniversary on April 16. Born in Fairview Village, he was the son of Herbert T. Ballard Jr. and Margaret Matheson Ballard. Dr. Ballard graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Lafayette College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He served an internship and his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.
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November 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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December 26, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 20, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
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.
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April 19, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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