November 17, 2014 |
Dudley C. Backup, 60, of West Chester, an emergency medicine specialist for 30 years, died Sunday, Nov. 2, at Neighborhood Hospice of brain injuries he suffered in a Nov. 9, 2013, bicycling accident. Before his accident, Dr. Backup was a respected emergency medicine physician at Chester County Hospital. He was educated at Germantown Friends School, Swarthmore College, and Hahnemann Medical College. "He made the emergency department come alive with his spirit, good nature, distinctive laugh, goofy socks, and gaudy holiday attire," the nursing staff told his family.
November 6, 2014 |
Maurice Abramson, 103, formerly of Elkins Park, a family physician who practiced in Kensington for many years, died Friday, Oct. 24, at his home in Plantation, Fla. Born in Newark, N.J., Dr. Abramson spent his childhood in Belleville, N.J., where he learned to play the violin. He graduated from Cornell University in 1933 and Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1937. After serving an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital for two years, he set up a family practice in Kensington with the aim of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist.
October 31, 2014 |
William H. Annesley Jr., 89, formerly of Gladwyne, a retired ophthalmologist, died Friday, Oct. 24, at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr of pneumonia and complications from a stroke he had suffered earlier. Dr. Annesley served as chief of ophthalmology at Lankenau Hospital from 1972 to 1989. During that time, he was a cofounder and director of the retina service at Wills Eye Hospital. He also was director of ophthalmology and an attending surgeon at Wills Eye, and a professor of ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College.
October 30, 2014 |
JACK CHISUM was a man of many and varied interests. A highly regarded physician and teacher, he also plunged with his customary energy into music, wine, golf, travel and language. If you fall in love with Paris, what's the next logical step? Why, to learn French, of course, which both he and his wife mastered at schools on the French Riviera and elsewhere in the country. When Jack Chisum got interested in something, he went all out to make it part of his experience. That was the story of his long and eventful life.
October 14, 2014 |
Dr. Nicholas K. Gonatas, 84, Philadelphia pathologist, researcher and founder of the Division of Neuropathology at the University of Pennsylvania died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, Oct. 7. Born March 15, 1930, Dr. Gonatas was raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, capital of the province of Macedonia. His son Dinos recalls stories his father told about living through the Nazi occupation of Greece between 1941 and 1944, including leaving home to live on the island of Euboea. "And they had no electricity.
August 13, 2014 |
Alexander R. Vaccaro has been named president of the Rothman Institute and chairman of orthopedics for Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, the organizations announced Monday. In both positions, Vaccaro, 52, is succeeding Todd J. Albert, who left in June to become surgeon-in-chief and medical director at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Vaccaro was previously vice chairman of Rothman and of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson. Rothman, based in Center City and with close ties to Jefferson that Vaccaro says he expects to continue, counts itself among the largest orthopedic groups in the country, with 105 physicians at 20 locations from Pottstown to Cape May Court House.
August 6, 2014 |
Tandigm Health, an Independence Blue Cross joint venture designed to help manage the practices of primary-care doctors in the Philadelphia area, has signed contracts with nearly 270 physicians, it will announce Tuesday. IBC and its 50-50 partner, Davita HealthCare Partners Inc., launched Philadelphia-based Tandigm in April as a provider of services to doctors to improve care and cut costs. Under the Tandigm model, IBC will turn over a percentage of health-insurance premiums to Tandigm, which will then assume responsibility for the cost and quality of all care for the patients seen by a founding group of physicians.
July 2, 2014 |
Each year, Philadelphia University receives about 2,500 applications for its graduate program in physician assistant studies - and 20 percent of those applications typically come from New Jersey. Most have to be turned away. The private university based in East Falls has only 50 spots a year and keeps half of them for students who have come through its undergraduate program. That's despite predictions by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that physician assistants - who diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician - will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, as more people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the university is to unveil a partnership that crosses state boundaries, spans the public/private sector, and is aimed at filling that demand, particularly in underserved urban areas such as Atlantic City, Camden, and Trenton.
June 20, 2014 |
Andrea Grace Jordan, 58, of Chadds Ford, a specialist in cell pathology, died Sunday, June 15, at Christiana Hospital in Delaware of complications from a fall. Dr. Jordan fell down a flight of steps at her second home in Delaware. She stopped breathing and could not be revived. Dr. Jordan was a published expert in the subspecialty of cytopathology. After completing a fellowship in the field, she became a clinical professor at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and later served on the staff at Graduate Hospital and Crozer-Chester Health System.
June 6, 2014 |
Edward S. McCabe, 97, of Merion, a physician in Philadelphia, died Sunday, June 1, of congestive heart failure at home. Born in Lock Haven, Pa., he earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Notre Dame. While there, he lettered in golf, won an intercollegiate championship, and played with the leading golfers of the day in the 1938 Hershey Open. He went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A regimental surgeon serving in Europe during World War II, he returned stateside to serve a residency in internal medicine at Philadelphia General Hospital.