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Past Achievement Award in Medicine Honorees

Achievement Award in Medicine honors individuals who have achieved and maintained excellence in their profession and who have actively contributed to the growth and development of their field.

2017: Charles J. Yeo, MD, FACS

Charles J. Yeo, MD, FACS

Dr. Charles J. Yeo is the 8th Samuel D. Gross Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Yeo’s major accomplishments have been in the fields of surgical education, clinical care of patients with complex alimentary tract diseases, and molecular research in pancreatic cancer. His authorship of manuscripts in journals, book chapters, and books have been major contributions to the surgical literature. 

His design and completion of numerous prospective randomized clinical trials have dramatically impacted the field of pancreatic surgery—particularly the most difficult of all pancreatic procedures, the pancreaticoduodenectomy.

Dr. Yeo’s primary interests and research have been in the fields of hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery—the evaluation of patients with pancreatic cancer, the management of patients with unusual pancreatic neoplasms, as well as acute or chronic pancreatitis. He also maintains an interest in complex abdominal surgery of the stomach, liver, biliary tree and intestines, and the history of surgery. He has personally performed over 1,400 Whipple procedures, and cared for over 2,200 patients with pancreatic tumors.

Dr. Yeo is the editor-in-chief of Case Reports in Pancreatic Cancer, and the highly successful two-volume encyclopedic Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 7th Edition published in 2013. He has authored over 525 peer reviewed scientific papers, numerous abstracts, over 110 book chapters, and 22 books or monographs.

Dr. Yeo, his wife (Theresa P. Yeo, Ph.D.), and dog reside in the Philadelphia suburbs.


2016: Edmund Pribitkin, MD, MBA, FACS

Edmund Pribitkin, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Pribitkin is a professor at Thomas Jefferson University where he serves as the Academic Vice-Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and directs the Otolaryngology Residency Training Program. He has been certified by two specialty boards and is a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, the American Rhinologic Society, the Triological Society and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Pribitkin serves as the associate editor of facial plastic surgery for the Laryngoscope, his specialty’s highest impact journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and, most recently, an MBA from The Wharton School of Business in May, 2016.

A recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Clinician Award, Dr. Pribitkin is regularly listed as one of Philadelphia’s Top Docs by Philadelphia magazine and one of America’s Top Docs by Castle Connolly. His career has been characterized by continuing innovations in patient care. Dr. Pribitkin co-authored the first dose-response paper on Botox for facial wrinkles. He introduced laser surgery for sleep apnea and for facial wrinkles to Philadelphia. He has devised new techniques for the repair of parotid defects and for the closure of nasal septal perforations. He also pioneered the use of ultrasonic technology in rhinoplasty, orbital and sinus surgery, and co-founded the Jefferson Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, the first multi-disciplinary center of its kind in the region. As an affiliated scientist of the Monell Chemosensory Center, he also directed the Jefferson-Monell Clinical Smell and Taste Center and been a key co-investigator on several NIH programmatic grants.

Dr. Pribitkin has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has lectured throughout the world. His current research initiatives involve determining how exercise can reverse the effects of aging on flap viability and how it can counteract the harmful effects of radiation. He is also exploring new ways of culturing stem cells to grow olfactory neurons with the hope of restoring the sense of smell to the millions of American’s suffering with anosmia. He continues to work with his collaborators in endocrinology and pathology to develop new genetic tests that personalize the treatment of thyroid cancer.

Jefferson has been Dr. Pribitkin’s professional home for a quarter century. As Dr. Pribitkin says, “At Jefferson, we are blessed with a premier medical facility dedicated to personalized care. We value each patient's individual healing experience. Accordingly, everyone in our office and in our hospital is dedicated to making that experience a positive and enduring one. Like the famous surgeon, William Osler, we realize that 'patients don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.' At Jefferson, listening and understanding catalyze innovations in healing."

 Dr. Pribitkin serves as the associate editor of facial plastic surgery for the Laryngoscope, his specialty’s highest impact journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and, most recently, an MBA from The Wharton School of Business in May, 2016.

A recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Clinician Award, Dr. Pribitkin is regularly listed as one of Philadelphia’s Top Docs by Philadelphia magazine and one of America’s Top Docs by Castle Connolly. His career has been characterized by continuing innovations in patient care. Dr. Pribitkin co-authored the first dose-response paper on Botox for facial wrinkles. He introduced laser surgery for sleep apnea and for facial wrinkles to Philadelphia. He has devised new techniques for the repair of parotid defects and for the closure of nasal septal perforations. He also pioneered the use of ultrasonic technology in rhinoplasty, orbital and sinus surgery, and co-founded the Jefferson Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, the first multi-disciplinary center of its kind in the region. As an affiliated scientist of the Monell Chemosensory Center, he also directed the Jefferson-Monell Clinical Smell and Taste Center and been a key co-investigator on several NIH programmatic grants.

Dr. Pribitkin has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has lectured throughout the world. His current research initiatives involve determining how exercise can reverse the effects of aging on flap viability and how it can counteract the harmful effects of radiation. He is also exploring new ways of culturing stem cells to grow olfactory neurons with the hope of restoring the sense of smell to the millions of American’s suffering with anosmia. He continues to work with his collaborators in endocrinology and pathology to develop new genetic tests that personalize the treatment of thyroid cancer.

Jefferson has been Dr. Pribitkin’s professional home for a quarter century. As Dr. Pribitkin says, “At Jefferson, we are blessed with a premier medical facility dedicated to personalized care. We value each patient's individual healing experience. Accordingly, everyone in our office and in our hospital is dedicated to making that experience a positive and enduring one. Like the famous surgeon, William Osler, we realize that 'patients don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.' At Jefferson, listening and understanding catalyze innovations in healing."


2015: Leonard G. Gomella, MD

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Leonard G. Gomella, MD, is the Bernard W. Godwin, Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer and Chairman of the Department of Urology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Senior Director for Clinical Affairs for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

 

 

Renowned for his groundbreaking translational clinical research, Dr. Gomella has played a key role in developing new diagnostic techniques and treatments for prostate and bladder cancer and has been a key contributor to our NCI-Designated Cancer Center since its founding. He was an early contributor to urologic laparoscopy, initiating Jefferson’s program in 1990. A prolific lecturer and author of 63 editions of 17 different medical books, he has been acknowledged in local and national “Top Doctor” listings for many years. He has held many national leadership positions, including serving as President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association, and is currently President of the Society of Urologic Oncology.


2013: Roger B. Daniels, MD

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Roger B. Daniels, MD, considers his calling as a physician a sacred trust. He knows this sentiment sounds corny, but he doesn’t care — he feels it in his heart. “To be intimately involved in the lives of people, to be trusted and to have the opportunity to influence so many aspects of their lives — I don’t know how a person can ask for more.”

 

Daniels’ attitude, his skill and his insistence on responding not only to his patients’ physical problems but also to their emotional and personal needs has made him one of the most respected and beloved doctors in the Philadelphia area for almost four decades.

 

Daniels grew up in a New York family of modest means where education was paramount. He obtained scholarships to Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1960.

 

After an internship, residency and a fellowship in Boston, Daniels entered the Army and served as captain with the 44th MASH Unit in Korea and then followed his overseas service with a year at Valley Forge General Hospital. He started his civilian career at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia and moved across town two years later, affiliating with Pennsylvania Hospital. The “persuasiveness” of Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, dean of Jefferson Medical College at the time and now director of Jefferson’s Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care, brought Daniels to Jefferson in 1997.

 

The love of knowledge and learning that Daniels developed as a boy expanded into a passion for medicine with fulfillment in teaching and practice. He finds joy in watching students and residents absorb information and gets deep satisfaction in seeing the comfort that his detailed explanations bring patients.

 

Daniels routinely is listed in the Best Doctors in America and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians. In 2008, the organization honored him with the Pennsylvania Clinical Practice Award. The small plaque that hangs in his office cites his service to his patients, community and profession. “I can imagine no greater honor,” he said. So admired is Daniels that in 2011, a group of his colleagues and patients at Jefferson joined together to establish an associate deanship in professionalism in his name.

 

Daniels likes to tell a story about eating lunch with two prominent surgeons complaining about their income. One surgeon looked at the other and remarked that Daniels would probably work for nothing, and everyone laughed. “But you know what? I probably would,” he said.


2012: William M. Keane, MD

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Having seen how head and neck cancer can interfere with a patient’s ability to speak and swallow and disfigure the face and neck, William M. Keane, MD, has devoted his career to improving treatments for this disease so that his patients can maintain their quality of life.

 

 

Since joining Jefferson as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1991, Dr. Keane has established the department as one of the preeminent clinical care and residency training programs in the United States. He oversees more than three dozen physicians in their care of patients with ear, nose and throat and head and neck disorders.

Dr. Keane's clinical practice includes more than 30 years of experience as a board-certified surgeon and oncologist specializing in cancers of the oral cavity, nose, sinuses, throat, salivary glands and neck. He has extensive experience in treatment and surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and directs research dedicated to deciphering the genetics of thyroid disease. In 2001, he was named the Herbert Kean, MD, Chair in Otolaryngology, and he also serves as vice president for medical affairs for Jefferson University Physicians, the physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of Jefferson Medical College.

Among Dr. Keane's major contributions to Jefferson has been the implementation of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating head and neck cancer. Working within the framework of the Kimmel Cancer Center, he has cultivated a culture of teamwork across all related specialties, bringing together medical oncologists, radiation therapists and reconstructive surgeons in a coordinated effort to improve care, comfort and outcomes for patients.

Dr. Keane has also championed the application of advanced technologies to improve patient care. Under his leadership, Jefferson has become a pioneer in transoral robotic surgery and minimally invasive skull base surgery, using robots and computer image-guided approaches to remove tumors without producing significant scars or damaging speech and swallowing functions.

An internationally recognized surgeon, Dr. Keane has received both the Certificate of Honor and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is perennially listed as a Philadelphia Magazine and Castle Connolly “Top Doc.” Dr. Keane’s personalized, cutting-edge practice extends beyond Jefferson's examining rooms and operating theatre to the many communities in which the surgeons he has trained abide by his admonition to see beyond the cancer and treat the whole patient as if he or she were a spouse or family member.

Dr. Keane received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1970 and completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained on the faculty until coming to Jefferson. He and his wife, Louise, have three sons and five grandchildren.


2011: Howard H. Weitz, MD

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Howard H. Weitz, MD, epitomizes the ideal physician: compassionate clinician, exceptional educator. He has brought distinction to the University since graduating from Jefferson Medical College more than three decades ago.

 

 

Dr. Weitz received his degree in 1978, completed his residency as chief medical resident in 1982 and finished his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases in 1984. Today he serves as the Bernard L. Segal Professor in Clinical Cardiology; director of the Division of Cardiology and the Jefferson Heart Institute; and senior vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Medicine. He is the clinical director of Jefferson’s Heart and Vascular Service Line.

Dr. Weitz’s profound effect on the practice of internal medicine started early, before he finished his training, when he and fellow alumnus Geno Merli became interested in developing techniques to lower the risk of medical problems in patients who undergo surgery. Dr. Weitz and Dr. Merli, now senior vice president and chief medical officer for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, designed a Jefferson course addressing the issues and then wrote a textbook, Medical Management of the Surgical Patient, that has given guidance to many thousands of physicians and students. Their course has become the national forum and is now held annually in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Weitz’s influence extends to his entire field as co-director of the American College of Physicians’ annual course for recertification in internal medicine and as associate editor of the American College of Physician’s Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program. He serves on the task force that sets national competency and training benchmarks for the entire spectrum of cardiovascular specialties.

In 2003 he was honored by his alma mater, Muhlenberg College, with an honorary doctor of science degree, and in 2008 he received the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians. In February 2012 he will receive the American Heart Association’s Edward S. Cooper Award, which is presented to a physician, researcher or medical professional whose outstanding contributions in their field improve the daily lives of the residents of the Philadelphia region.

For Dr. Weitz, the interest of the patient is first and foremost, and the joy he derives from healing and teaching infuses all he does. As he recently said, “The rewards are so phenomenal when you not only can help people but also can teach others to do so.”

Dr. Weitz lives in Elkins Park, Pa., with his wife, Barbara, an attorney and coordinator of volunteers at Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center in Montgomery County. They have three children. Hannah is a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis; Aaron, a 2011 graduate of Haverford College, is currently a Boston Teaching Resident; and Ben, a 2011 graduate of Middlebury College, is a Washington, DC, Teaching Fellow.


2010: William Tasman, MD

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William Tasman, MD, is a renowned surgeon, clinician, investigator and administrator who has shown extraordinary commitment to ophthalmology and Jefferson throughout his 48 years with the Wills Eye Institute.

 

 

A native, Bill has deep roots in the Quaker soil of Philadelphia and is a loyal and influential alumnus of Germantown Friends School and Haverford College. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and interned at Philadelphia General Hospital before serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in Wiesbaden, Germany. Returning from military service, he followed his father’s path into ophthalmology and joined the residency class at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1959. He was named chief resident at Wills and went on to complete a retinal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

For Bill, 1962 was a banner year: He completed his retina fellowship, joined the staff of Wills Eye Hospital and married Alice Lea Mast, an art history graduate of Barnard College who was assistant director of public relations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Operating as a team, their achievements have had far-reaching ripple effects, not the least of which are three children – Alice Tasman Morris, who is married to Richard, and sons Jim and Graham – and five grandchildren.

Bill’s history at the Wills Eye Hospital is one of remarkable and distinguished service. He became ophthalmologist-in-chief of Wills and professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology of Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in 1985. In 2007, after 22 years at the helm of the nation’s oldest eye hospital and director of the country’s first ophthalmology residency, he moved to the position of professor and emeritus chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of Jefferson Medical College. He is still practicing.

Universally revered and beloved, “Dr. T” continues to be a mentor and role model for medical students, residents and fellows, to whose projects, papers, life decisions and skits he unfailingly lends his time, wisdom, humor and skill.

Bill’s service, dedication, and leadership skills have been recognized by his election as chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology, president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, president of the American Ophthalmologic Society and president of the Retina Society.

Bill has received many honors, including the Zentmayer Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the Heed Award from the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation for postgraduate fellowship studies; the Jules Stein Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jules Stein Eye Foundation; the gold medal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; membership in Academia Internationalis Ophthalmologica; the Howe Award, the highest recognition by the American Ophthalmologic Society; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the Retina Research Foundation Award and the Charles L. Schepens, MD, AAO Award, also from the foundation; and the Marshall M. Parks Medal from the Children’s Eye Foundation and the Foundation of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

He also has served on numerous editorial boards and has written more than 220 articles in peer-reviewed literature, 38 book chapters, four annual Retina reviews, 44 commentaries and nine ophthalmology books.


2009: Herbert E. Cohn, MD

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Herbert E. Cohn, MD, FACS, the Anthony E. Narducci Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, is an accomplished surgeon, teacher and administrative leader. He has been a distinguished member of Jefferson’s Department of Surgery for 47 years.

 

 

Among Cohn’s greatest joys is being involved in training young people for careers in medicine and surgery. He has trained 200 residents and enjoys watching them progress from neophytes to accomplished surgeons.

Cohn set his sights on a medical career during his teens. He was inspired by the care he received from his own family doctor who treated Cohn for meningitis at 14. The lengthy illness made it difficult for Cohn to finish high school with grades good enough to gain entry to college. With the help of a family friend, Cohn was admitted to Rutgers University and was determined to succeed. He did. He graduated in 1951 at the top of his class and headed to Jefferson Medical College where he would receive the freshman Anatomy Prize and numerous other accolades for academic excellence before graduating first in the Class of 1955. From 1957- 59 he served in the U.S. Air Force and received an Air Force Commendation Medal.

Today he is vice chair for quality for the Department of Surgery at Jefferson and surgeon champion for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Throughout his career he has been driven by a deep desire to help people and improve patient care. Knowing he has impacted someone’s life – either student, resident, patient or colleague – in a positive way is his ultimate reward.

Cohn and his wife, Natalie, reside in Philadelphia and spend summers at the Jersey shore. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Sons Jeffrey and David followed their father’s path and are Jefferson alumni and practicing physicians, and son Richard is an attorney.


2008: Kenneth Brownstein, MD

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P. Kenneth Brownstein, MD has been a dedicated member of Jefferson’s Department of Urology for 36 years. He was a member of the original kidney transplant team at Jefferson in the 1970’s and remained an active member of the transplant group for the next 25 years.

 

 

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Brownstein received his medical degree from Hahnemann University when he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the Lange Award for Scholastic Achievement, as well as the Surgery Award for the Class of 1970. He completed his residencies at UCLA Harbor General Hospital, University Hospital in San Diego, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Brownstein was certified by the American Board of Urology in 1978.

As a teacher, Dr. Brownstein has influenced generations of medical students and residents. In 1975, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Award for Best Teaching Resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and its affiliated hospitals. When Jefferson’s Department of Urology celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2004, it presented him with The Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dr. Brownstein is past president of the Medical Staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Currently he practices general urology at Thomas Jefferson University and is a clinical assistant professor of urology. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of urology and has a wide array of urologic interests and a broad urologic practice.

Ken and his wife, Lisa, live in Philadelphia. Their family includes: son Michael, daughter Carrie and her fiancé Ray, son Erick and his wife Amanda, and two grandchildren Jules and Solomon.


2007: Anthony J. DiMarino Jr., MD

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The son of a prominent physician, Anthony J. DiMarino Jr., MD, was born in Camden, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. DiMarino earned his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College, where he was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. 

 

Dr. Anthony J. DiMarino Jr. completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and served on its full-time faculty. From 1986 to 1996, Dr. DiMarino was the Chief of Gastroenterology and Director of the Gastrointestinal Institute at Presbyterian/University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In April of 1996, Dr. DiMarino was named the William Rorer Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Jefferson.

A preeminent consultative gastroenterologist, Dr. DiMarino has been honored as “Physician of the Year” by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and as a “Top Doc” in Philadelphia Magazine from 1991 through 2007. He is a Fellow in the American Gastroenterological Association. From 2004 to 2006, he was Co-Chair and Director of the AGA Division Chiefs Association and in 2003 and 2007, he received the largest number of nominations from a poll of 2,000 physicians in the Delaware Valley Consumer’s Check Book magazine. In 2006 and 2007 he was named by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. as one of America’s “Best Doctors.”

Dr. DiMarino’s research interests have primarily been in the areas of esophageal, gastric, and small intestinal motility; inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis); celiac disease; and the safety of gastrointestinal endoscopy. He is the author of the “White Paper,” which remains the standard for reprocessing endoscopic gastrointestinal instruments to protect patient safety between procedures.

As the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Jefferson, Dr. DiMarino directs the clinical program, whose 20-physician clinical faculty evaluates over 45,000 patients and produces over 90 publications and over 200 oral presentations annually. He is also responsible for the gastroenterology/hepatology education of Jefferson Medical College students, internal medicine residents, and gastrointestinal fellows.

Dr. DiMarino and his wife, Dorothy, have five sons: Anthony III, James, Michael, Mark and Keith and 12 grandchildren. 


2006: James W. Fox IV, MD

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James W. Fox, IV, MD, former Professor and Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, is a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of both Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

 

Dr. Fox earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in 1970. He also completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Jefferson Hospital, winning the John H. Gibbon Surgical Prize in 1970 and the College of Physicians and Surgeons’, Best Surgical Resident Award and Stipend in 1972. He went on to complete a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and University Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, after which he was awarded First Prize in the National American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Chief Resident Competition.

In 1976, Dr. Fox joined the Department of Surgery at Jefferson as Assistant Professor in the teaching of his specialty. He soon also joined Dr. J. Wallace Davis, one of his mentors and fellow Jefferson Medical College graduate, in private practice. Dr. Fox currently is a full Clinical Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Fox has authored and co-authored over 40 scientific articles and publications since 1975, over 30 of which have dealt with breast reconstruction. He has also given lectures on his work and research all over the globe. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Associate Editor of the Aesthetic Surgical Journal, and President of the Philadelphia Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Fox currently is Chairman of Jefferson’s Surgical Advisory Committee in the Department of Surgery and is Past Chairman of the Surgical Resident Selection Committee. In Jefferson Medical College, he served as Past President of the Alumni Association and of Alumni Giving.


2005: Francis E. Rosato, MD

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Francis E. Rosato, MD was the Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery and former Chair of the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

 

 

Dr. Rosato earned his bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s University in 1955 and his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College in 1959. He completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and his residency in General Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Chief Resident from 1964-1965. Dr. Rosato was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-1963. During his distinguished career in surgery, he rose rapidly through the academic ranks from Assistant Instructor in Surgery in 1960 to Professor of Surgery at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1972.

During this period he was chief of the hospital’s solid tumor program and Co-Director of the Neoplastic Chemotherapy Clinic. He established the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and in 1975 he was appointed Professor and Chair of the department. In 1978, Dr. Rosato was appointed The Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Over the last 40 years, Dr. Rosato’s numerous hospital appointments included surgical positions at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Norfolk General Hospital and DePaul Hospital. Dr. Rosato was co-author of Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction and Atlas of General Surgical Technique and co-editor of Surgery of the Breast. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Surgery for Residents. Dr. Rosato has received numerous awards for his contributions to surgery, including the Pittsburgh Surgical Society Annual Award, and was twice recognized with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has served locally as the President of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery and the Philadelphia County Medical Society. Nationally he has been a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and Chair of its Committee on Continuing Education, and Chair of the Test Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Frank and his wife, Gertrude, reside in Gladwyne. They have five children: Ernest L. Rosato, MD, Ann V. Rosato, MD, Gertrude M. Rosato, Francis E. Rosato Jr., MD, and Aimee M. Rosato.


2004: Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD

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Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, was The James Edwards Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

 

 

Dr. Rothman earned his BA at the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his MD at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his PhD in Anatomy at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Rothman completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson Hospital. He has served as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and as Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. In 1986 he was appointed The James Edwards Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Founder of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson, Dr. Rothman has repeatedly been listed by national publications as one of the nation’s best doctors for orthopaedics. He also serves as editor of scholarly journals in the areas of clinical orthopaedics and arthroplasty, including Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, The Spine, Seminars in Arthroplasty, Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics and the Journal of Arthroplasty.

Dr. Rothman has received numerous awards for his research contributions to the study of orthopaedics, including most recently the Knee Society’s Insall Award and the Sir John Charnley Award. He has published more than 200 papers and is author and co-author of many textbooks in his field.

A member of a great many honorary societies, Dr. Rothman is also generous with his service on the Boards of community organizations including the Annenberg Institute, Brandywine Museum, First Health Inc., and Specialty Care Network. Dick and his wife, Marsha, reside in Philadelphia. They have four wonderful children: Jane, Richard, Rachel and Macon.


2003: Bernard Segal, MD

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Bernard Segal, MD, Director Emeritus of Cardiology, was an exceptional physician, teacher and entrepreneur. Dr. Segal has guided the Jefferson Heart Institute to a world-class, leading edge stature.

 

 

Bernie’s colleagues, residents and students admire him tremendously for his wisdom, guidance and encouragement. Most importantly, Bernie enjoys the immeasurable affection and gratitude of his patients, not only for his excellent and devoted care, but also for helping them to gain the confidence and courage necessary for better health. In doing so, he has consistently touched so many hearts and he has raised the quality of heart care in the region.

 Dr. Pribitkin serves as the associate editor of facial plastic surgery for the Laryngoscope, his specialty’s highest impact journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and, most recently, an MBA from The Wharton School of Business in May, 2016.

A recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Clinician Award, Dr. Pribitkin is regularly listed as one of Philadelphia’s Top Docs by Philadelphia magazine and one of America’s Top Docs by Castle Connolly. His career has been characterized by continuing innovations in patient care. Dr. Pribitkin co-authored the first dose-response paper on Botox for facial wrinkles. He introduced laser surgery for sleep apnea and for facial wrinkles to Philadelphia. He has devised new techniques for the repair of parotid defects and for the closure of nasal septal perforations. He also pioneered the use of ultrasonic technology in rhinoplasty, orbital and sinus surgery, and co-founded the Jefferson Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, the first multi-disciplinary center of its kind in the region. As an affiliated scientist of the Monell Chemosensory Center, he also directed the Jefferson-Monell Clinical Smell and Taste Center and been a key co-investigator on several NIH programmatic grants.

Dr. Pribitkin has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has lectured throughout the world. His current research initiatives involve determining how exercise can reverse the effects of aging on flap viability and how it can counteract the harmful effects of radiation. He is also exploring new ways of culturing stem cells to grow olfactory neurons with the hope of restoring the sense of smell to the millions of American’s suffering with anosmia. He continues to work with his collaborators in endocrinology and pathology to develop new genetic tests that personalize the treatment of thyroid cancer.

Jefferson has been Dr. Pribitkin’s professional home for a quarter century. As Dr. Pribitkin says, “At Jefferson, we are blessed with a premier medical facility dedicated to personalized care. We value each patient's individual healing experience. Accordingly, everyone in our office and in our hospital is dedicated to making that experience a positive and enduring one. Like the famous surgeon, William Osler, we realize that 'patients don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.' At Jefferson, listening and understanding catalyze innovations in healing."