February 23, 2015 |
It may be the fact that Atul Gawande is a doctor - a Harvard doctor, yet - that draws readers to his books on our flawed medical system. But he wouldn't make the best-seller lists if he wrote - or thought - like most doctors. This is a guy with one of those renaissance-man resumés that makes even quite accomplished people look like slackers. Stanford undergrad. Rhodes scholar studying philosophy. Health-care adviser to President Bill Clinton. Medical degree and master's in public health from Harvard.
December 11, 2014 |
Richard A. Steiner, 73, of Moorestown, who retired in the late 1990s as an Army osteopathic physician, died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Sunday, Dec. 7, at his home. Until earlier this year, Dr. Steiner was a physician at the Concentra Medical Center in Pennsauken, his son, Christopher, said. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Steiner graduated from Father Judge High School, and earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and biology at La Salle University, and a doctorate in osteopathy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
November 30, 2014 |
The couple loved their Fairmount neighborhood and living near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, until their older son turned 5 and did not win a lottery place in a charter school or a public school they liked. Mario Gentile, an architect, and wife Theresa Birardi, a family physician, had met at Oceanside High School on the south shore of Long Island and moved to Philadelphia after she finished medical school and he completed his master's degree at Columbia University. They treasured living in the city.
October 13, 2014 |
Stephen Klasko hadn't been running the Thomas Jefferson University empire for long before his thoughts turned to Sidney Kimmel. A Philadelphia native who became a billionaire in the fashion industry, Kimmel had given generously to Jefferson in the 1990s but not much since despite funding the performing arts center that bears his name. But Klasko, who last month hit the one-year mark as university president and health system chief executive officer, knew Kimmel had built Jones New York by aggressively expanding and thinking outside the box. So his hunch was the two would get along.
October 3, 2014 |
JUDY Spitzer suffered through two great upheavals in her life, one caused by human venality and the other by nature. As a teenager, she was caught up in the Holocaust, but managed through guts and ingenuity to escape the Nazis, who murdered her father and other family members. Then, 70 years later, Hurricane Katrina drove her and her husband out of New Orleans, where they were teaching at a medical school. Finally settling in the relative peace of the Philadelphia area, Judy could look back on a life of accomplishment realized in the toils of catastrophes that might have wrecked less fearless souls.
September 9, 2014 |
As classes began this week, Rowan University welcomed its largest, most diverse freshman class, with the highest-ever grades and test scores. Thanks to 2,240 freshmen, total enrollment has grown to about 15,000 students this year, up from 11,000 five years ago. The boom comes in an era of expansion for Rowan, due in part to an aggressive 10-year plan to double enrollment, quadruple research funding, and increase the annual operating budget 1.5...
August 13, 2014 |
AS A TEACHER and school administrator, Florence Whitney didn't always concentrate on the students who performed well. What about the ones who needed extra help? Florence was there to help them. When she was an executive of the Norristown Area School District, she created an alternative school program for the students who weren't making it in the regular classrooms. It was one of many accomplishments she was proud of in her long career as both a teacher - in the Philadelphia School District, in Chester and Norristown, and even in France - and an administrator.
July 24, 2014 |
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
June 15, 2014 |
Medical education is in a crisis. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, half of 4,287 students surveyed at seven medical schools experienced burnout and 10 percent expressed suicidal ideation. And doctors aren't much better off; a second study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 7,288 physicians showed that almost half had experienced some symptom of burnout. The public image of doctors hasn't fared well, either. While the popular notion of doctors was once the wise and avuncular Marcus Welby, M.D., more recent portrayals tend toward Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but annoying know-it-all with a decided God complex.
June 8, 2014 |
A $16 million project to build student housing across from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is moving along with plans to open in time for school year beginning in fall 2015. The 56 units to be built or renovated at Broadway and Washington Street would serve 105 Rowan students and occupy six lots directly across from the medical school. The school, which opened in 2012, has grown from an incoming class of 50 students to 114 students. It will grow to 416 students by 2020.