November 19, 2015 |
Tandigm Health L.L.C., a joint venture of Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners designed to coordinate care in a way that reduces costs and improves quality, has expanded to include Doylestown Healthcare Partnership, Tandigm announced Tuesday. Tandigm, which was launched in April 2014, already includes Holy Redeemer Health System and 363 primary care physicians. The Doylestown deal, which covers Doylestown Hospital and a physicians group with 270 specialists, marks the first time Tandigm has included specialists in its network, which covered 89,700 members on Sept.
October 26, 2015 |
Guenther H. Boden, 80, of Gladwyne, a renowned physician, professor, and researcher in the field of endocrinology, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, of pancreatic cancer. He died at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice of Philadelphia after a brief stay. Dr. Boden was the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine at Temple University Hospital. During 45 years there, he served as chief of endocrinology and metabolism, and program director of the general clinical research center. Dr. Boden earned a medical degree from the University of Munich Medical School in 1959.
October 19, 2015 |
Bertram Greenspun, 81, a physical-rehabilitation physician and lifelong Philadelphian, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, after a long fight with frontotemporal degeneration. Born in 1933, Dr. Greenspun grew up in North Philadelphia's Feltonville neighborhood and graduated from Central High School. Throughout his life Dr. Greenspun remained connected to his alma maters, organizing Clara Barton Elementary School reunions into his 70s. During a temporary retirement he spent his time volunteering in Central's archives.
October 16, 2015 |
Dr. Norbert L. Silpe, 87, of Voorhees, a physician for the Camden city public schools from 1956 through 1999, died of heart failure Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Born in Lorain, Ohio, Dr. Silpe earned a bachelor's at Temple University in 1951 and graduated in 1955 from what is now Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Silpe maintained a private medical practice in Maple Shade through the same period in which he worked with the Camden City School District, a son, Richard, said.
October 12, 2015 |
Elaine Catherine Pierson Mastroianni, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a physician and the author of Sex Is Never an Emergency , a sexual-health guide for young adults, died Saturday, Oct. 3, of lung cancer at home. Dr. Pierson's slim paperback appeared on campuses a decade before Dr. Ruth Westheimer suggested a frank approach to human sexuality, and three years before Our Bodies, Ourselves , a landmark book on sex, was released. "My primary objective of this little book is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, secondarily, to help students be more comfortable with their level of sexuality, whatever that level is," she wrote.
July 26, 2015 |
Few physicians can claim as many "firsts" as Nathan Mossell. In 1882, Mossell became the first African American to receive a medical diploma from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Not long after, the Philadelphia County Medical Society inducted him as its first black member. And in his most significant contribution to his field, Mossell in 1895 founded Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Nursing Training School, the first hospital for black patients in Philadelphia, and only the second such facility in the nation.
July 2, 2015 |
Sidney R. Weiss, 94, of Voorhees, a family doctor who made house calls and took care of his patients from birth to old age, died Monday, June 29, at home of complications from kidney failure. He began his practice in Camden in the 1950s and later worked at practices in Pennsauken and Voorhees, specializing in family medicine and geriatrics. He retired in 2001. "He never said no to his patients. He was always accessible," said son Richard, also a physician. Richard Weiss, who followed his father's footsteps in family medicine, joined his father's Pennsauken practice in 1983.
June 22, 2015 |
Wilbur Wilson Oaks Jr., 86, of Gladwyne, a renowned physician at Hahnemann University Hospital, died Saturday, June 13, of an intracerebral hemorrhage at home. As a doctor, an alumnus of Lafayette College, and a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he approached every aspect of his life with enthusiasm, optimism, generosity, and humility. He made time for everyone. Growing up in Bala Cynwyd, Dr. Oaks, known as "Billy" or "Oaksie," loved playing sports. Turning a slight build to his advantage, he honed his speed, scrappiness, and good-natured competitive spirit into effectiveness on the basketball court and soccer field.
June 5, 2015 |
Trina Lisko has always taken to athletics. Growing up, she tagged along with her two older brothers to play soccer until the sun set, and made sure to try everything from street hockey to water sports. But the former Bishop Eustace Prep field hockey star and alumna of Duke University, where she captained the hockey team in her senior year, did not want her athletic career to end with school. Now 37, the mother of two young children, and a physician specializing in sports medicine, the Collingswood resident recently gravitated to Parkour, an obstacle-course training regime.
May 11, 2015 |
For more than a century, medical education in the United States has meant learning how to practice medicine and how to do research to make medicine better. But that could be changing. Given the need for more primary-care physicians, the shortage of certain specialists, and the belief that medical schools boost local economies, 36 institutions have opened across the country in the last 20 years. That growth "has been accompanied by a shift toward new medical-education models where research plays a minimal role," according to a paper published recently in Science Translational Medicine.