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SPORTS
March 9, 2014
Kansas City Royals righthander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI exam revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Hochevar, 30, will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the season. Nats hold out Fister Washington righthander Doug Fister was scratched from his Grapefruit League start Friday because of elbow inflammation.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Cassidy, 93, of Philadelphia, a former chief of orthopedic surgery at Northeastern Hospital, died Thursday, Feb. 20, of dementia at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. A Philadelphia native, Dr. Cassidy graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1938 and from St. Joseph's College with a bachelor's degree in 1942. He completed his medical degree at Temple University Medical School in 1945. He was a physician in the Navy Medical Corps during World War II. On release from active duty, Dr. Cassidy set up a family practice in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia underwent a 61/2-hour operation to insert a metal implant in her fractured spine after a training accident Saturday. Russian freestyle ski federation spokesman Mikhail Verzeba said Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebra in her lower-middle back and was taken to a hospital in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for emergency surgery. The federation said Komissarova was conscious, and described her condition as "grave" but stable, adding that it was likely she would need further surgery within weeks.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Monnette Sudler's phone rang on Oct. 27, she recognized the number. It was Temple University Hospital. As she breathed oxygen from a tank, Sudler, 61, a Germantown jazz guitarist who has played with the greats, hardly dared to hope: Was this her chance for a new life? The caller asked how soon Sudler could get to the hospital. Lungs that were a likely match for her body were being flown in from out of state. She was there within two hours. As she was prepared for surgery, she thought nervously about what doctors had told her. One possible outcome: The transplant would succeed.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John R. Prehatny, 82, of Wynnewood, a longtime surgeon in Philadelphia, died Saturday, Feb. 1, of respiratory failure at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During 49 years of practice, starting in 1964, Dr. Prehatny rose from instructor in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to chairman of the department of surgery at Methodist Hospital. From 1978 to 1997, he was clinical professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College before being named emeritus professor.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Donato D. LaRossa, 72, of Radnor and later Malvern, a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, of cancer at his home. Dr. LaRossa specialized in surgery to repair cleft lip and palate defects, as well as reconstructive surgery and aesthetic improvements to the breast, face, and ear. He also operated on melanoma patients. He was a professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1991 until 2009, when he was named professor emeritus.
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Adams doubted everything in the first months after the ninth surgery performed on his body. He still had persistent pain in his right shoulder, which was torn in three spots and repaired in late July. His strenuous workouts led to surgery No. 10 in October for a sports hernia. "There were questions," Adams said. "Like, 'Was my career over?' " He stood at his locker Thursday in the Phillies clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and oozed optimism. These last two months were beyond encouraging, he said.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014
Melissa A. Lazar was appointed surgeon at the Jefferson Breast Care Center and assistant professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. Lazar recently completed her general-surgery residency at Jefferson and fellowship in breast oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Marketing and media company allen & gerritsen promoted Chris Reif to senior vice president for creative and innovation. Reif, who cofounded a&g's Philadelphia office in 2007, has operated as the agency's digital creative director for six years.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
COATESVILLE Rick Ortega doesn't hide the fact that he's made some mistakes in his 63 years. He abused alcohol, and in May, 25 years after going to rehab, he received his liver-cancer diagnosis. He's always known he had to deal with the consequences of his choices and didn't make excuses, a lesson he passed on to his two children, his son Matt said. "That's how he led his life," Matt Ortega, 39, said, "and I respect him for that. " The lessons he learned from his father, he said, made the choice to donate part of his liver to him easy.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
Stop by the Bala Gym some Sunday morning this winter between 9 and 11, and you'll hear the squeak of sneakers, the bouncing of a basketball, the clang of a hoop, the swish of a net - the wonderful sound of men at play. Inside, you'll see the players are men of a certain age, with bald pates, graying and thinning hair, knees wrapped in fortifying elastic bandages. They are the merrily addicted members of the Old Guys Basketball Association (OGBA). "I'm the young guy, quips Gary Scheiner, 47, a diabetes educator from Belmont Hills.
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