We are now all connected. Just recently, the beautiful, glass-enclosed bridge connecting the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care to Children’s Seashore House was completed. This completes the interconnection to all of the buildings on the CHOP campus. One can enter the Main Building on 3401 Civic Center Boulevard and cross over to the Richard D. Wood Building. From this central point, one can turn left to the Children’s Seashore House or turn right to the South Tower. To reach the Abramson Research Building, a bridge crosses over Osler Circle from Seashore House. The Colket Translational Research Building, on the east side of 34th Street, can be accessed from the second floor of the Abramson Research Building. One can make this extensive journey in comfort without exposure to the elements (á la Disneyland—what, no monorail?).

In addition to the CHOP Care Network’s first Urgent Care Center in South Jersey, located at the Mays Landing Specialty Care Center, CHOP opened a second Urgent Care Center in King of Prussia in February. More news about the KoP site: CHOP broke ground for a new and much larger specialty care center in a new development on North Gulph Road in King of Prussia. The new 115,000-square-foot facility, which will combine all the services currently offered in its East and West buildings on Mall Boulevard, is scheduled to open in 2015.

We are sad to announce that Dr Don LaRossa, who served as our chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from 2001 to 2007, died January 21 at age 72. Dr LaRossa started at CHOP in 1976 and was an extraordinary surgeon, teacher, and friend. He has left an indelible mark on all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Dr. Lillian Beatrice Panzer Kravis, 93, a CHOP pediatrician for more than 50 years, died February 10. Dr Kravis was among the first group of physicians to gain board certification in allergy and immunology. Our condolences go out to her family, friends, and colleagues.

If you have information about yourself or other CHOP alumni, contact Barrie Nussbaum at nussbaumb@email.chop.edu.

News, Awards, Honors

  • Phillip B. “Jay” Storm, MD, whose surgical practice is primarily focused on brain tumors and complex spine tumors, became chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery on Jan. 1. Leslie Sutton, MD, chief since 1996, will continue his surgical practice at CHOP.
  • Anne F . Reilly, MD, MPH, professor of Clinical Pediatrics and medical director of the Division of Oncology, is the recipient of the I.S. Ravdin Master Clinical Award of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This award recognizes her as an active clinician and masterful practitioner.
  • Louis M. Bell, MD, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Academy of Master Clinicians, Perelman School of Medicine, for a 5-year term and will work with Penn medical leadership to improve the culture of clinical excellence and promote the ideal patient experience.
  • Angelo P . Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH, chief medical officer and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital, sent a delegation of physicians and administrators to observe CHOP’s Diagnostic Center. He is interested in developing a similar center, which would be the first full-time pediatric diagnostic center in Texas.

Contributed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello, MD