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.
December 6, 2014 |
Stanley H. Lorber, 97, formerly of Philadelphia, longtime team physician for the 76ers and a noted gastroenterologist at Temple University School of Medicine, died Monday, Nov. 24, of heart failure at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born in New York City, he moved to Philadelphia with his family as a child. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lorber was a scholar-athlete, excelling in football and lacrosse. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served as an Army flight surgeon during World War II. He remained devoted to Penn throughout his life, and later became a major fund-raiser.
December 5, 2014 |
BACK IN THE LATE '50s, Stanley H. Lorber, a distinguished Philadelphia physician and a basketball fan, paid a call on Eddie Gottlieb, then the owner of the Philadelphia Warriors. Lorber felt that the Warriors needed a team physician. Gottlieb agreed, and Dr. Lorber became the first team doctor in the NBA. Those were the days of "Jumpin' Joe" Fulks and Paul Arizin, and later the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who scored his unbeatable 100 points in a game on March 2, 1962, the Warriors' last season in Philly before moving to San Francisco.
December 2, 2014 |
Jay A. Desjardins, 84, formerly of Havertown, a retired internist, died of pneumonia Sunday, Nov. 23, at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Dr. Desjardins practiced internal medicine for 35 years in Havertown, and was an attending physician at Fitzgerald Mercy, Riddle Memorial, and Delaware County Memorial Hospitals. His family said he was a respected doctor at a time when diagnostic imaging and laboratory studies were unavailable, and when health care was very personal.
November 27, 2014 |
Dr. Mel Kohn is at the intersection of the governmental, nonprofit, and corporate efforts directed at the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Kohn, who lives in Philadelphia, works for Merck & Co. in West Point, Montgomery County. He joined Merck Vaccines after 14 years of work in public health for the State of Oregon. With the drugmaker's office of corporate philanthropy funding the trip, he and Merck colleague John Grabenstein visited Sierra Leone in October as part of a group put together by the Virginia-based nonprofit Project HOPE and invited by the Sierra Leone government.
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.