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.
February 9, 2015 |
Donald Vail Rhoads, 86, an internist and an active Philadelphia-area Quaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. Dr. Rhoads, of Chestnut Hill, was a graduate of Westtown School, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a three-year fellowship in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and received his master's degree in internal medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1960.
January 26, 2015 |
William W. Clements Jr., 83, a family physician from Devon, died Friday, Jan. 16, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he had spent much of his life tending patients. A Main Line native, Dr. Clements was a graduate of the Haverford School, Wesleyan University, and Jefferson Medical College. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to the Mescalero Apache Reservation in south-central New Mexico. He and his wife, Nancy Muth Clements, had many happy times living and working with the Native Americans in a beautiful mountain setting, his family said.
January 26, 2015 |
Rachel Levine stood tall in the doorway, offered a polite handshake, and took a seat at the L-shaped desk in her drab, blank slate of an office. The room, with its empty bookshelves, dual computer screens, and not much else, seemed appropriately open to possibility as the headquarters for a woman about to chart new territory. Levine, who has just been named Pennsylvania's physician general, spent most of her 57 years - at least outwardly - as a man. If the state Senate confirms her appointment, the doctor, who until a few years ago was known as Richard Levine, will become one of the nation's very few, openly transgender people in public office.
January 19, 2015 |
Saying a priority is to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Saturday named two cabinet members with experience expanding coverage under President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Wolf reached south of the border to tap Theodore "Ted" Dallas, currently the secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, to be his secretary of human services. The agency serves the most vulnerable by providing cash aid, home-heating help and health care for the poor, foster care and adoption services, child abuse protection, and support for the aging and people with intellectual disabilities.
January 4, 2015 |
G. Clayton Kyle, 90, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia endocrinologist who specialized in treating diabetes, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, of complications from a subdural hematoma at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Dr. Kyle spent his entire career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and served as the chairman of its medical board from 1977 until 1979. He rose to the level of clinical associate professor of medicine. Dr. Kyle's work centered on controlling the negative effects of diabetes.
December 11, 2014 |
Richard A. Steiner, 73, of Moorestown, who retired in the late 1990s as an Army osteopathic physician, died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Sunday, Dec. 7, at his home. Until earlier this year, Dr. Steiner was a physician at the Concentra Medical Center in Pennsauken, his son, Christopher, said. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Steiner graduated from Father Judge High School, and earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and biology at La Salle University, and a doctorate in osteopathy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.