November 23, 2015 |
For almost a decade, researchers have studied why a vaccine for adolescents that could prevent tens of thousands of cancers every year is so unpopular. Turns out it's not so much the cost, or safety worries, or the antivaccine movement. The biggest obstacle, studies show, is that doctors aren't recommending the HPV vaccine because they're uncomfortable talking to parents and tweens about a virus spread by S-E-X. But a blitzkrieg against the doctor deterrent is underway. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public-health agencies have major campaigns designed to educate doctors about why and how to recommend the HPV shots.
November 21, 2015 |
Aetna Inc., the health insurer, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have formed an alliance that will financially reward pediatricians for reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and emergency room visits and meeting other measures designed to reduce costs and improve patient satisfaction. The accountable care organization includes 1,100 doctors and is Aetna's first with a pediatric health system. Patients of the CHOP network in Aetna's commercial health plans in the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania area and in Burlington County are covered by the arrangement.
September 4, 2015 |
Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., 85, of Bala Cynwyd and Longport, N.J., a pediatrician who spent his 54-year career at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Aug. 29, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Pasquariello was a master clinician, recognized for his ability to arrive at a diagnosis in children with complex illnesses while comforting them and their parents. He taught hundreds of medical students and residents the art of medicine by example, modeling how a kind and careful professional should proceed.
August 5, 2015 |
Frank P. Ermilio, 98, of Ocean City, N.J., a West Philadelphia pediatrician from the late 1940s to his retirement in 1999, died Friday, July 31, at home. Among his patients, daughter Diana Carrigan said, were "a couple of Muhammad Ali's children" and Will Smith. A 1932 graduate of Overbrook High School, Dr. Ermilio earned a premed bachelor's degree at Villanova University in 1936 before graduating from the medical school of Temple University. During summers "all through college and med school," his daughter said, Dr. Ermilio worked as a waiter at the former Peacock Gardens Restaurant, near where Route 202 and the Schuylkill Expressway now meet in King of Prussia.
June 29, 2015 |
As a pediatrician at the Cobbs Creek Primary Care Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Roy Wade Jr. employs the usual tools of his trade, such as thermometer, tongue depressor, and stethoscope. But as a researcher, he is working to develop a different kind of tool kit: a questionnaire to help pediatricians figure out which of their young patients are at greatest risk to develop early cognitive, emotional, and health problems. Wade's work builds on the landmark 1998 ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
May 8, 2015 |
DR. MELISSA Ketunuti spent the last moments of her life in her damp, concrete-floored basement, begging for mercy as a killer strangled the life out of her. That's what Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told a jury yesterday during his impassioned opening statement at the trial of Jason Smith, 39. Smith is accused of killing Ketunuti, a promising doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in a fit of rage and then setting her body...
May 7, 2015 |
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
February 8, 2015 |
After breast-feeding her baby for several weeks, a young mother began to worry about how often he was spitting up. It was her first child, so she had no experience to help her gauge whether the amount and frequency were normal. She consulted friends, how-to books, and her pediatrician. All were reassuring. During the first few months of life, about half of all babies have gastroesophageal reflux or infant reflux. The small valve that acts as a flap to keep the contents of the stomach from rising into the esophagus is not completely developed.
May 9, 2014 |
James V. Mackell "was a familiar sight, on the hard sand, at low tide," running on the beach at Stone Harbor, N.J., his son Thomas said. Dr. Mackell was a quarter-miler in high school and college, but on the sands he usually ran about three miles. Every day. Into his 90s. "I ran with him 20 years ago," Thomas Mackell said, "and he blew my doors in. " Thomas was in his 40s at that time, his father in his 70s. On Saturday, May 3, Dr. Mackell, 94, of Stone Harbor, former chairman of the pediatrics department at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, died at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House.
December 19, 2013 |
Richard T. Ellison Jr., 90, of Abington, a longtime pediatrician in Montgomery County, died Saturday, Dec. 14, of lymphoma at Rydal Park. Dr. Ellison graduated from St. George's School, Newport, R.I., in 1941, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia in 1952 and served an internship at Abington Memorial Hospital, followed by a pediatric residency at St. Christopher's Hospital from 1953 to 1955.