July 30, 2015 |
Sitting on his bed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant talked about his big plans. Zion Harvey, 8, of Baltimore, wants to climb the monkey bars. Throw a football. Play the guitar. Maybe even become a doctor. "But I'll be the kind that doesn't give shots," he said with an impish grin Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, a team from Children's and the University of Pennsylvania announced its early-July surgical tour de force, then introduced Zion; his mom, Pattie Ray; stepdad Kevon Gant; and little sister Zoe. "The planning took approximately 18 months," said transplant team leader L. Scott Levin, who established Penn's hand-transplant program and expanded it to Children's.
June 15, 2015 |
Victor H. Auerbach, 86, of Ambler, a biochemistry professor and researcher in the field of pediatric disorders at Temple University School of Medicine, died Saturday, May 23, of an infection at Abington Memorial Hospital. A longtime resident of Ambler, he had lived at the Artman Lutheran Home for the last three years. Born in New York City, he attended the Bronx School of Science as an honors student and received a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University. He pursued his love of science at Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in medical sciences in 1955 and a doctorate in biochemistry two years later.
May 21, 2015 |
WORKING WITH the cantankerous C. Everett Koop had to have been a challenge. But Jack Templeton was up to it. The two doctors shared a simple philosophy: No case, however desperate, however seemingly impossible, was hopeless. While the two were pediatric surgeons at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, they participated in the separation of numerous conjoined twins, some of which other surgeons considered hopeless cases. Not as long as Koop and Templeton were on duty. No child was just going to be left to die. Jack Templeton, who died Saturday at age 75, trained in pediatric surgery under Koop, the hospital's surgeon-in-chief, from 1973 to 1975.
January 27, 2015
The public relations and crisis communications firm Bellevue Communications Group , Philadelphia and Harrisburg, has promoted Diana Torralvo to senior account executive from account executive. In her new role, Torralvo will be responsible for handling media, public relations, and social-media strategies for clients. NRG Energy , Philadelphia, has hired Keri Murschell as director of business and product innovation, East retail. She founded Keri Golf, a company focused on women's products, and later sold it to a large manufacturer.
April 26, 2014 |
Robert William Lloyd, 70, of Jenkintown, a pediatric dentist caring for children, teens, and special-needs patients for more than 40 years in his private practice in Jenkintown, died suddenly Friday, April 18, of a heart attack. "Bob," as he was known by most, also cared for the residents at the Home of the Merciful Savior in Philadelphia and the Lynch Home in Gwynedd Valley, and was on the dental staff at Abington Memorial Hospital and at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 39 years.
April 14, 2014 |
FOR GREG and Gracie Pfeiffer, having a son born with a genetic disorder affecting his skull called for the expertise of craniofacial specialists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Doctors diagnosed their son, Danny, with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, a rare condition. Nearly 14 years later, Danny has had five reconstructive surgeries. "My doctors make me feel like an unstoppable person even through the hard times of surgeries," Danny said. "My doctors are my superheroes. " Danny's story was showcased yesterday to illustrate the importance of continuing the funding of medical resident programs at CHOP and other U.S. pediatric hospitals.
March 2, 2014 |
About 500 patients who visited a physician recently at Unity Health Care in Washington walked away with an unusual prescription. The medicine? Regular doses of a local park. The health system has a searchable database of more than 350 parks. The physician can print out a one-page summary of a specific park, detailing what it offers, where it is, and how to get there. The D.C. Park Prescription Program, focused on children, is a stepped-up version of programs trying to wrest children away from their computer screens and get them out into nature.
February 13, 2014 |
Lillian Beatrice Panzer Kravis, 93, of King of Prussia, a longtime physician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, died Monday, Feb. 10, at her home. Dr. Kravis was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 8, 1920, the daughter of Julius and Tillie Markowitz Panzer. A graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, Dr. Kravis was the first in her family to go to college, earning a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Kravis attended Penn's medical school, graduating in 1943.
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.
October 28, 2013 |
How many children drop dead every year of sudden cardiac arrest? One thousand? Three thousand? "We don't know," said Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The problem is we don't have a registry in the U.S. " The federal government last week said it will help develop a pediatric registry for sudden deaths. To better determine who is at risk of dying, from which cardiac disorder, a local group is also planning a database with results of electrocardiograms (EKGs)