July 19, 2016
By Julie E. Wollman The Philadelphia area is distinguished by its rich concentration of higher education institutions. With more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the 11-county metropolitan area, we have the vast resources, broad expertise, and innovative thinking to tackle the most vexing problems facing the region. Among the nation's 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the greater Philadelphia region ranks highest in awarding professional credentials such as nursing, law, and medical degrees, and ranks second in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded.
March 26, 2016 |
Paul Farmer, a renowned pioneer of global health care, brought his message about the importance of caring for the world's poor to the University of Pennsylvania this week. Farmer said academic medical centers like Penn can make a huge difference by bringing their model of combining research, training, and hands-on care to places where people lack even basic medical supplies. A Harvard Medical School professor, Farmer has used that approach successfully at the organization he helped found, Partners in Health.
January 13, 2016 |
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?
October 28, 2015 |
Debbie K. Lubonski, 60, of Easton, Md., who rose to manager of information systems while at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1991 to 1995, died of complications from cancer on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "The most important characteristic" that Ms. Lubonski showed over the years, Harvey Brodovsky said, "is courage. " Dr. Brodovsky, whose speciality was oncology, said he was her physician from the time she graduated from high school until he retired.
September 7, 2015 |
Donald Lewis Schotland, 84, of Wynnewood, an internationally known researcher into muscle disorders and for 38 years a leading figure in the University of Pennsylvania's neurology department, died Thursday, Aug. 13, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Schotland's career as an MD spanned almost 50 years. He arrived at Penn in 1967, rising through the ranks to become professor of neurology and, later, professor emeritus. He closed his lab in 1998 and retired from clinical practice in 2005.
January 29, 2013 |
John J. Mikuta, 88, a longtime medical professor and clinician at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers, died Friday, Jan. 25, at the Medford Leas retirement community. Dr. Mikuta grew up in Scranton and came to Penn to study medicine. Aside from a stint as a U.S. Army doctor between his internship and residency, he never really left. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Penn, did all his postgraduate training there, and went on to head Penn's Division of Gynecologic Oncology - a specialty he helped create.
October 15, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Here's something that bothers me no end. I accept (reluctantly) that some people are just No Good. How do these mean, lying, no-good, manipulative thieves see themselves? Do they know they are bad or what they are doing is bad? Do they have an inner narrative that makes them/it good somehow? I'm not just being philosophical here. I have a very hard time believing the worst of people. I make excuses for them. Someone at work was writing crude messages on whiteboards and changing people's computer file names to (vulgar words)
June 18, 2012 |
In 1899, a contingent of nuns journeyed into the malarial forests of southern Africa to set up missionary schools. They mastered the clicking language of the Ndebele tribe, baked communion bread in brick ovens they built themselves, and steered clear of the subject of monogamy so as not to enrage the polygamous local chief. In 1911, another group of sister-pioneers set sail for the islands of Fiji to run a clinic for lepers. In 1929, nuns in black habits rode a steamship up the Yangtze River into the heart of China, braving insufferable heat, flying termites, and warring generals.
April 1, 2012 |
Laurence Elliot Earley, 81, former chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, died of cancer Tuesday, March 13, at Beaumont, a retirement community in Bryn Mawr. Dr. Earley joined the medical school faculty in 1977. He chaired the department for 13 years and was also interim chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 1987 to 1990. He was senior associate dean for international medical programs for five years in the 1990s, traveling to strengthen Penn's connections with institutions in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
September 29, 2011 |
John Harlan Moore Jr., 58, of Radnor, a plastic surgeon and educator at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, died of lung cancer on Monday, Sept. 26. Early in his career at Jefferson, Dr. Moore traveled with Operation Smile to developing countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, Nicaragua, as well as to Africa to treat cleft lip and palate deformities. After a trip to Liberia in 1988, he told the Philadelphia Daily News, "There's tremendous satisfaction knowing you made an impact on one family by a simple operation.