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December 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William B. Sembrot, 82, of Plymouth Meeting, a retired physician who practiced in Philadelphia, died Thursday, Nov. 26, of heart disease at home. Dr. Sembrot maintained a solo practice in internal medicine at the Deauville Apartments on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough for many years. "We lived there, and his office was there on the ground floor," said his son, David J. Dr. Sembrot was a "small-town doctor in the big city," his son said. He made house calls, carrying his black bag with a stethoscope and other medical equipment.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By David Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 12, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Evi Heilbrunn, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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