Justin Harmon, 36
Urologic surgeon, Hahnemann/Drexel
Uses laparoscopy and robotics to treat prostate, kidney and bladder cancers; also treats stone disease, erectile dysfunction, incontinence and enlarged prostate.
Jamison Jaffe, 36
Urologic surgeon, Hahnemann/Drexel
Director of minimally invasive urologic surgery at Hahnemann. He and Justin Harmon are the only two local urologists who completed their fellowships at the institute in France where laparoscopic prostatectomy was pioneered.
Richard Scott Kaiser, 39
Performs and studies treatments for eye disease, especially age-related macular degeneration — including the implantation of a mini microscope.
Victor Kim, 36
Studies why the airways produce too much mucus in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hoping to break the vicious cycle of disease progression and still more mucus overproduction, to increase treatment options for this common condition. Performs lung transplantation; also studies and treats fibrotic lung disease and pulmonary hypertension.
James L. Kreindler, 36
Pediatric pulmonologist, CHOP
Investigating the biological mechanisms of childhood exposure to secondhand smoke and their similarity to cystic fibrosis. Hopes to reduce hospitalizations of children with asthma exacerbation and lung infections by developing new therapies specifically for kids.
Mendel Kupfer, 32
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Magee
Physiatrist focusing on spinal cord injury, sports medicine and pain management; program director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Pain Management and Rehabilitation annual conferences for 2008 and 2009.
David Lee, 40
Has performed 1,800-plus robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostate removals — the fifth-highest volume in the world. The surgery means quicker recovery, less chance of infection, less post-op pain, and less nerve disturbance — meaning less chance of post-op erectile dysfunction and urinary discontinence.
John Y. K. Lee, 36
Employs minimally invasive techniques to treat brain tumors, threading an endoscope through natural nasal openings. By focusing radiation through 201 separate filters, he can precisely treat brain tumors, skull base tumors, blood vessel malformations and trigeminal neuralgia. He is also researching the use of the da Vinci robot in neurosurgery.
Joseph V. Lombardi, 39
Vascular surgeon, Cooper
Pioneering treatment of thoracic aortic dissection (the condition that killed John Ritter) with minimally invasive endovascular grafts and stents that circumvent opening the chest cavity. Global principal investigator for STABLE trial on treatment of complicated Type B thoracic aortic dissection.
Scott Lorch, 37
Researches how economic factors and access to health care affect preemies in terms of their health and quality of life — as well as that of their parents. Lorch is also studying the effects of regionalization of care on outcomes, to help health-care providers allocate resources in the most cost-effective and quality-focused ways.
Jose Maceda, 36
Chief of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery for Crozer-Keystone Health System. A rare fellowship-trained uro-gynecologist, he focuses on treating female pelvic-floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence and vaginal/pelvic organ prolapse.
Sumeet K. Mainigi, 34
Established an electrophysiology program targeting previously untreatable, potentially life-threatening conditions such as atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia; success rates now compare to top programs in the world.