August 31, 2016 |
Nathan Brillman, 93, formerly of Wyncote, a decorated World War II veteran and a physician in Northeast Philadelphia for three decades, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, of congestive heart failure at Rydal Park in Jenkintown. Dr. Brillman grew up in Strawberry Mansion with a passion for baseball. He told of playing on the ballfields at 33rd and Dauphin Streets. In the late 1930s, he was a member of a team in the city-sponsored baseball league that took the City of Philadelphia's championship title for 16-year-olds and younger.
August 28, 2016 |
Earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their license, removing a requirement that they have "collaborative agreements" with physicians - a form of oversight. Supporters say that the measure, which next goes to the House, would improve access to cost-effective care by allowing nurse-practitioners independently to take on more tasks, including prescription-writing. Opponents maintain that physicians, who undergo more training, should keep providing supervision.
August 25, 2016 |
Quentin M. Giorgio, 64, of Newtown Square, a physician who cared for others despite his own medical issues, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, of peritonitis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giorgio was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 21. In the 1970s, cancer treatments were not narrowly targeted as they are now; Dr. Giorgio received aggressive full-body radiation and chemotherapy to combat the cancer, his family said. As a result, he was plagued with complications, especially in the last 10 years, his family said.
July 18, 2016 |
Dr. Theodore Rodman didn't happen upon his patients only in the medical school and hospital at Temple University. "Once in a while," his former administrative assistant Kathy Clark Kelley said, "he liked to go around the corner from the hospital" for a roast beef sandwich. "More than once, he brought back a sickly guy," she said, "probably a ditch digger or construction worker. " The guy was "maybe wheezing, maybe coughing," and Dr. Rodman "provided him with the care that he needed, free of charge, no chart, no questions asked.
June 26, 2016 |
Elementary school teacher Leslie Isaacs says it's easy for her to see how her students are doing as young health journalists. "They have this light from within because they want to help the world," said Isaacs, whose students at Highland Park in Upper Darby have been part of the Healthy NewsWorks student journalism program for several years. Now the College of Physicians of Philadelphia has added its own kudos, giving Healthy NewsWorks the 2016 Organizational Public Health Recognition Award.
June 25, 2016 |
Scott Shapiro treats patients with clogged arteries, heart failure, and other classic cardiovascular diseases that strike millions of adults. Yet over the next year, the cardiologist says, he will spend dozens of hours cramming to learn intricate details about other conditions that he does not treat in his Abington practice, such as rare congenital heart defects. He and other leaders of the Pennsylvania Medical Society are part of heated national debate over how to ensure that physicians maintain their skills.
June 25, 2016 |
Jonathan T. Grabe was completing his fourth year of residency in neurology this month at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was to begin a fellowship in neuromuscular disorders at nearby Washington University. But on Sunday, June 19, Dr. Grabe, 30, who grew up in Westmont, was found dead in the bathroom of his St. Louis apartment. "There was nothing conclusive to suggest what the cause was," said his father, Thomas. "He called home Thursday night" and spoke to a brother, his father said, "and he seemed great.
June 14, 2016
The American College of Physicians has appointed Darilyn V. Moyer executive vice president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 6. Moyer is professor of medicine, executive vice chair for education in the department of medicine, internal-medicine residency program director, and assistant dean for graduate medical education at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Moyer will be the first female EVP and CEO in the 101-year history of the American College of Physicians, a Philadelphia-based medical specialty organization.
June 13, 2016 |
For the parents of Jameson Finley, there was one thing more alarming than when he coughed up branch-shaped chunks of a substance with the consistency of string cheese. The thought of what would happen if he did not cough them up. The boy, then 5, suffered from a condition called plastic bronchitis, which can lead to asphyxiation, pneumonia, and death. It can strike children who have undergone certain complex heart surgeries, as Jameson had, and it occurs on rare occasions in noncardiac patients - some of whom go years before getting the correct diagnosis.
June 12, 2016 |
Salix Pharmaceuticals has agreed to a $54 million settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it paid speaking fees and provided lavish entertainment to physicians who prescribed its gastroenterology drugs. The charges were initially brought in lawsuits filed by two Philadelphia-area firms, McEldrew Young and Joseph Trautwein & Associates. The Justice Department, which announced the settlement Thursday, conducted an investigation and later filed its own complaint under the False Claims Act. "Drug and medical-device companies have paid billions of dollars to doctors as speakers, researchers, and consultants," said Eric L. Young, a partner at McEldrew Young.