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October 14, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 4, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vincent T. Cipolla, 91, of Upper Darby Township, a professor, physician, and retired Army colonel, died Monday, May 26, at the Residence at Glen Riddle of complications from a fall. Raised on Ritner Street in South Philadelphia, Dr. Cipolla went on to become a department chairman and professor of anatomy and neuroanatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the 1970s and 1980s. He retired in 1988 after maintaining a private medical practice in Upper Darby for many years.
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May 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
George F. Selhat, 93, of Jenkintown, a physician who practiced at Jeanes Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia for more than a half century, died Wednesday, May 14, of cancer at home. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, he moved to the United States in 1959. Dr. Selhat graduated from the University of Istanbul in 1952 with a medical degree. He served a residency in medicine at Jeanes Hospital from 1959 to 1963, and an internship in internal medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in 1964.
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May 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, for George Robert Wade, 95, a Chester County physician and cofounder of Paoli Hospital, who died Feb. 11 from complications from a fall in McKinney, Texas. He lived in Chester Springs before moving to Florida and Texas. After graduating from Amherst College in 1940 and the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine in 1944, Dr. Wade served an internship in McKinney and a residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karl F. Rugart Jr., 90, of Haverford, a physician whose career stretched over a half-century, died Wednesday, April 30, of cancer at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne. Before retiring in 1998, Dr. Rugart, an obstetrician and gynecologist affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, claimed to have delivered nearly 7,000 babies during 50 years on the job. He also worked at Booth Maternity Center in Overbrook until it closed in 1989; as an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and at the former Pennsylvania Hospital Institute, the Philadelphia Women's Penitentiary, Graduate Hospital, and Presbyterian Hospital.
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