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.
May 4, 2015 |
George J. Horner, 91, of Newtown Square, a retired physician, musician, and a Holocaust survivor, died of a subdural hematoma Thursday, April 23, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In 1942, Dr. Horner and his family were sent to the Terezin concentration camp northwest of Prague, Czechoslovakia. Skilled on the piano and accordion, he played at the camp to provide some relief for those imprisoned there. Music helped him through the years of World War II and later, to bear the news that the Nazis had killed three family members.
May 4, 2015 |
Chester J. Minarcik Jr. wanted to be a Presbyterian minister and a physician. "He wanted to be passionate about both," said son Drew. "But he felt it would be harder to take time off from a medical career" to pursue his ministerial studies. So he graduated first from a seminary and then from a medical school. "He was tremendously giving of himself," his son said. On Friday, April 24, Dr. Minarcik, 68, of Moorestown, director of Child Neurology Services of Southern New Jersey there since 1992, died of a heart infection at home.
April 24, 2015 |
IT WOULD NOT have been surprising to find Dr. Milton A. Wohl, a distinguished physician, repairing a tractor on his farm in Schwenksville, putting in a crop of corn, cutting down a tree or working a piece of wood in his shop. Dr. Wohl was a prominent orthopedic surgeon, former president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and a highly regarded teacher. But he was also a farmer, a handyman who could take anything mechanical apart and fix it, a historian, music lover, fisherman and world traveler.
February 18, 2015 |
Slack Inc., the Gloucester County publisher of 40 or so health-related journals, thinks it's time doctors have a lifestyle magazine of their own - a "CliffsNotes" or "how-to" on shopping, wine selection, travel, and relationships. There are about 800,000 doctors in the United States, and Slack, one of the nation's largest independent medical publishers, expects to reach 341,000 of them with the controlled circulation of Physicians' Life, the name of the new publication. The magazine will be free to the doctors whom Slack targets from a database of physicians.
February 16, 2015 |
Can a modified vegan diet - heavy on tofu, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and low on saturated and trans fats - significantly help with heart disease? It's a question that Robert Fischer, head of the division of infectious diseases at Einstein Medical Center, considered last October, after his second coronary event in 61/2 years. On the surface, Fischer, 65, of Elkins Park, appears to be an unlikely candidate for heart disease. He exhibits none of the usual risk factors.