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December 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
Barbara J. Wolfson, 69, of Ann Arbor, Mich., a former pediatric radiologist in Philadelphia and professor at Temple and Drexel Universities, died at home Dec. 15 of uterine cancer. Dr. Wolfson lived in Jenkintown during most of her career in Philadelphia, which included time as a radiologist at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children from 1979 to 2004 and at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University Hospital, City Avenue Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals for Children from the 1980s to the 2000s.
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December 14, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Though most current and former military personnel use civilian health care, many medical offices aren't prepared for the needs of veterans, soldiers, and their families. The National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia and members of the White House's Joining Forces initiative are working to fix that problem, starting with the next generation of physicians. The 17-member task force recently held several days of meetings here to decide what was most important for doctors to learn about military-related medical issues.
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December 7, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ian Matheson Ballard, 78, a physician and a resident of Radnor before moving to Bryn Mawr in 2011, died Monday, Nov. 30, from complications of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. He and wife Helen Clothier Ballard celebrated their 33d wedding anniversary on April 16. Born in Fairview Village, he was the son of Herbert T. Ballard Jr. and Margaret Matheson Ballard. Dr. Ballard graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Lafayette College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He served an internship and his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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