This year’s picks are a talented, experienced and outspoken bunch.
When to comes to your health, a great referral is priceless. This year we offer 193 of them, including eight specialists at the top of their game. But as accomplished as these doctors are in their respective specialties, they haven’t lost sight of why they went into medicine in the first place—and they prove it day in and day out, always putting the patient first.
Dr. Timothy Boyek, Cardiology
Years in practice: 16. Education:
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Biggest misconception about his specialty: “Often patients think catheterization skills are something we learn on the job or do part-time. We all focus on quality of work and this type of training.” Primary inspiration: “In my internal medicine training, it seemed the cardiologists were always the best trained, brightest and enjoyed their work more so than any other subspecialty.” Proudest professional moment: “As the director of the Catheterization Laboratory at
Dr. Michele L. Boornazian, Family Practice
Years in practice: 4. Education: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1998;
Inspiration for specialty: “An elderly couple I lived with in
Dr. Stephen Gollomp, Neurology
Years in practice: 26. Education:
; (610) 642-5371. Specialty: “Diagnosing and managing diseases of the brain, nerve, spinal cord and muscle.” Biggest misconception about his specialty: “That an encounter with a neurologist implies a dire outcome.” Special interest: Diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremors and tics. Primary inspiration: “Experience with neurologic disease in my sister and my paternal grandfather.” Biggest challenge: “Whenever I confront someone for whom I can’t really make a meaningful difference, I feel challenged and look intently for that one clue or twist that might make things better. Most preventable problem: “Stroke and vascular disease.” Most exciting advancement in his field: “New medicines and surgery for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease; botulinum toxin for dystonia and muscle spasms; and disease-modifying therapy for multiple sclerosis.”
Dr. Atul Gupta, Radiology
Years in practice: 7. Education:
; (610) 648-1255. Specialty: “Interventional radiology. We specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging for guidance. Our procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.” Biggest misconception about his specialty: “That we don’t exist. Many people—including some physicians—are surprised to know all the diseases we can treat.” Proudest professional moment: “When I’m asked by my medical colleagues to perform procedures on them or their family members.” Biggest challenge: “Performing procedures on my colleagues or their family members.” Most preventable problem: “I encourage everyone with leg pain to ask their physician to check them for peripheral vascular disease. Many people incorrectly think that leg pain is a normal part of getting older—it isn’t. We can fix the blocked arteries causing PVD.” Best advice for patients: “Stop smoking.” If he weren’t a doctor, he’d be: “A journalist.”
Dr. Sandra Schnall, Oncology
Years in practice: 20. Education:
; (610) 525-4511. Specialty: Treatment of cancers and diseases of the blood. Biggest misconception about her specialty: “That it’s depressing, without many victories.” Special interest: Breast cancer, lymphoma, GI tumors. Primary inspiration: “My father and his siblings were physicians. I admired their dedication and love for their profession.” Proudest professional moment: “Watching a young woman graduate college and attend her wedding after she survived a bone marrow transplant.” Most preventable problem: “Convincing patients to obtain timely screening studies.” Best part of the job: “My patients and the close relationships you can develop with them as you guide them through treatment and watch them resume a happy life.” If she weren’t a doctor, she’d be: “A teacher.”
Dr. Joseph Hope, Internal Medicine
Years in practice: 11. Education:
, Media, 19063; (610) 891-9277. Specialty: “The care of adult and geriatric populations and the prevention diagnosis and treatment of disease.” Special interest: Osteoporosis, geriatrics and dementia. Proudest professional moment: “Being elected to the Medical Executive Committee at
Dr. John Benner, Orthopedics
Years in practice: 28. Education:
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Biggest challenge: “Treating a patient with three open—or compound—fractures from a car accident.” Most preventable problem: “Any orthopedic condition made worse by excess weight.” Most exciting advancement in his field: “The ability to operate through smaller incisions and complex surgeries done using the arthroscope.” Best part of the job: “Getting the chance to talk with 40 to 50 patients a day.” If he weren’t a doctor, he’d be: “A commercial pilot.”
Dr. Barry Jacobson: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Years in practice: 22. Education:
Three doctors who go above and beyond to give back.
Doctors, by nature, are altruistic human beings. They spend their working hours devoted to the health and well-being of their patients. But for some, that commitment goes beyond the office. Here are three volunteers worthy of note:
Dr. Paul Kim
He’s been all over the world—to
“There’s need everywhere,” says Kim. “But in the
Kim heard about the work of Surgicorps through his friend, former St. Davids resident Dr. Jack Demos. Since Demos founded Surgicorps 14 years ago, countless lives have been changed through the efforts of its medical volunteers. “When missionaries in these countries spread the news that doctors from Surgicorps are visiting, sometimes more than 200 patients who have traveled days on foot will come for the possibility of a chance to be treated,” says Kim. “It’s unbelievable.”
The trips last anywhere from 12 days to three weeks. Along with Kim, a team of general surgeons; anesthesiologists; nurses; ear, nose and throat specialists; dentists; and non-medical personnel travels to the countries. Non-medical staff contribute to the mission in a variety of ways, from handling paperwork to transporting patients.
“It’s a huge undertaking,” Kim says. “We have to bring all our own supplies, medication—everything we need for surgery.”
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