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Friday, May 11, 2012

Eight Orthopaedic Surgeons from Penn Medicine Make Top Doctors List

Each year, Philadelphia magazine recognizes the area's outstanding doctors in their annual Top Doctors list. The list is viewed as a "gold standard for those seeking the finest medical care in the Philadelphia area."

We are pleased to announce that eight Orthopaedic surgeons from Penn Medicine made the 2012 Top Doctors list. The eight Orthopaedic surgeons and their specialties are as follows:

Name Specialty
David J . Bozentka, MD Hand and upper extremity surgery, elbow surgery
Craig Israelite, MD Knee replacement, hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery
Frederick S. Kaplan, MD Bone disorders-metabolic, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive (FOP), progressive osseous heteroplasia (POH)
John D. Kelly, IV, MD Sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, rotator cuff surgery
Richard D. Lackman, MD, FACS Bone cancer, sarcoma, limb-sparing surgery
L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS Reconstructive microvascular surgery, microsurgery
Brian J. Sennett, MD Arthroscopic surgery, cartilage damage, sports injuries
Keith L. Wapner, MD Foot and ankle surgery, tendon surgery, arthritis
The Top Doctors list recognizes not only doctors who excel in academic medicine and research, but also those with outstanding interpersonal skills. Philadelphia magazine selects physicians for its Top Doctors list through both a national and local nominating process completed by peer doctors.

Penn Medicine's department of orthopaedic surgery offers advanced, personally-tailored care and the latest treatment options for a variety of injuries and disorders within ten orthopaedic subspecialties. It is ranked 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, making it the best program for orthopaedics in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Penn Brain Tumor Center: Caring for Patients from Discovery to Recovery

The Penn Brain Tumor Center consists of a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide personalized treatment and cutting-edge therapy for benign and malignant brain tumors. With top-ranked cancer and neurosurgery clinicians and scientists, the Penn Brain Tumor Center offers the most complete spectrum of care for patients with brain tumors in the Philadelphia region.

Available treatment options include:
  • Neuromonitoring, including awake craniotomy, language and motor mapping
  • MR-guided surgery with diffusion tractography to detect fiber tracts
  • Personalized medicine with molecular profiling of brain tumors
  • CyberKnife®
  • Gamma Knife®
  • Proton therapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Advanced neurosurgery for complex and “inoperable” brain tumors
  • Endoscopic approaches to skull-base tumors

The Penn Brain Tumor Center is translating research into new therapeutics to treat brain tumors, including personalized drug, vaccine and molecular targeted therapies. In addition, as an active member of the National Cancer Institute’s Adult Brain Tumor Consortium (ABTC), the Center offers patients access to clinical trials that are not available anywhere else in the region.

The Penn Brain Tumor Center has been recognized by the American Brain Tumor Association for providing the highest quality care and advancing understanding and treatment of brain cancer. 

From translational research to cutting edge clinical trials and the latest treatment options, the Penn Brain Tumor Center is committed to providing exceptional care to patients with brain tumors.

Get a Free Skin Cancer Screening During Skin Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of national skin cancer awareness month in May, Penn Dermatology and Abramson Cancer Center are joining forces to help prevent and detect skin cancer. On May 19, 2012 from 8 am to noon, Penn dermatologists are performing skin cancer screenings at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

The free program is offered to help spread the lifesaving message of early skin cancer detection and prevention. Space is limited, therefore appointments are necessary. Call 215-662-2737 to make an appointment.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Patients at risk, as well as the general public, benefit from knowing the signs of stroke. Stroke symptoms include: 
  • Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause
Together with the Penn Neuro Intensive Care Unit, the Penn Stroke Center provides urgent care to patients suffering from stroke or other critical neurological conditions. The Center also evaluates patients at risk for stroke, recommends preventive strategies and conducts research to determine cause, risk and best practices for stroke diagnosis, management and recovery.

The Penn Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has been awarded Gold Plus and Honor Roll status by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

If someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately and proceed to the nearest hospital.
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