Mark Abdelmalek, 34
Dermatologic surgery, Hahnemann/Drexel
ABC News medical research journalist who performs Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancers, cosmetic dermatology, and laser surgery, including a specialized technique for malignant melanoma.
[sidebar]Tami Lee Bach, 39
PhD/MD has studied molecular pharmacology and structural biology. Researches blood and the roles of its various components, especially T-cells.
Reina Bender, 31
Gastroenterologist, Chester County
Has researched still-experimental natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), in which the GI tract is purposely perforated to remove diseased organs such as gallbladders without external scars. Emphasizes women’s health issues, including pelvic-floor problems and pelvic pain.
Livia Bratis, 36
The medical director of the medical and surgical ICU’s at Kennedy’s Stratford Division, she studies sleep-disordered breathing and acute respiratory distress and their role in producing diseases and mortality in chronic lung-disease patients.
Ouida Brown, 35
Orthopedic surgeon, Lourdes
Former physical therapist who became a doctor and now practices sports medicine; studies elbow ligament injuries in overhead-throwing athletes, the use of MRIs as diagnostic tools, and treatment of ankle fractures.
Samantha Butts, 35
Studies premature ovarian aging; participant in the Eritrean Fistula Project, a U.N.-sponsored clinical mission to Eritrea to treat rectovaginal fistulas and investigate causes of amenorrhea and infertility.
Anne Cappola, 39
Cappola is seeking new ways to help people remain healthy into old age. Her research on thyroid dysfunction prompted changes in treatment recommendations for older people with subclinical thyroid disease; she also studies hormonal changes that occur in older men and women. Cappola is married to Thomas Cappola. Check him out in our slideshow — he’s number 6!
Brendan Carr, 36
Emergency physician, HUP
Explores ways to improve the nation’s emergency care system. His studies have shown that cardiac arrest patients in large, urban and teaching hospitals are more likely to survive than those in smaller, non-academic hospitals, as are patients in highest-volume ICU’s. Also studies and speaks on gun violence and firearm injuries.
Kane Chang, 36
Vascular surgeon, Deborah
Pioneering safer, less-invasive surgery, especially for abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms and peripheral artery disease.
John J. DeStafeno, 33
Ophthalmologist, Chester County
Performs DSEK corneal transplant surgery, which improves patients’ vision within weeks as compared to a year with traditional transplantation, as well as “no-stitch” pterygium removal surgery that uses amniotic membrane grafts harvested from placentas.
Keith Flaherty, 38
Medical oncologist, HUP
A leading investigator for “personalized medicine” in the form of targeted drug therapy combinations, especially for melanoma and renal cell carcinoma, historically two difficult cancers to treat.
Kevin Freedman, 39
Orthopedic surgeon, Bryn Mawr
Established the Bryn Mawr Hospital Cartilage Restoration Program, focusing on new technologies that provide younger patients with options other than joint replacement. In one procedure, a small amount of a patient’s own cartilage is removed and grown in a lab, with new cells then implanted in the knee.
Stephanie Fuller, 38
Cardiothoracic surgeon, CHOP
Specializes in congenital heart defects, focusing on long-term functional and neurodevelopmental outcomes in both children and adults who’ve undergone surgery for CHD. Developing a registry database for research into adult congenital heart disease.
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.
Anthony J. Mazzarelli, 34
Physician, attorney and bioethicist, Cooper
“Dr. Mazz,” who has his own show on The Big Talker 1210 AM, is medical director of the emergency department at Cooper. A booster for the city of Camden, he’s creating an Urban Health Program to find new ways to engage its residents in caring for their health.
Raina Merchant, 31
Emergency medicine, HUP
Conducting pioneering research on the uses of therapeutic hypothermia to preserve brain and organ function after resuscitation following cardiac arrest; also seeks to identify local communities that don’t have adequate defibrillators or CPR training to handle cardiac emergencies.
Nazanin Moghbeli, 34
Founder of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Pennsylvania, she’s assembling a team of specialists to help women find solutions to their heart problems via nutrition, weight loss, medications and/or surgery. Evaluates and treats women with heart disease who want to become pregnant.
Yael P. Mossé, 37
Pediatric oncologist, CHOP
Studies neuroblastoma, a rare childhood disease of the nervous
system that’s the leading cause of childhood cancer death; has assembled the world’s largest database of genetic samples from neuroblastoma patients. Discovered a genetic cause for hereditary neuroblastoma.
Sameer Patel, 35
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Fox Chase
Studies surgical outcomes of head and neck cancer patients to find ways to maximize function and improve appearance; performs reconstructive microsurgery; reconstructs breasts, extremities and chest walls; reconstructs for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
Emily Scattergood, 37
Pediatric radiologist, Cooper
Mother of two young children, and a breast cancer survivor, Scattergood focuses on limiting her small patients’ radiation exposure while producing the best possible diagnostic studies. Active in teaching and community outreach; shares her personal story to raise public cancer awareness.
Ashwini Sharan, 38
Associate professor at Jefferson Medical College conducting studies of issues as diverse as genetic influences on epilepsy and the safety of MRI imaging for patients with implanted deep-brain stimulation systems.
Joseph L. Smith II, 38
Head and neck surgeon whose research includes senior health and hearing loss, effects of herbal meds, facial nerve paralysis from gunshot wounds, and acid reflux disease.
David Sorrentino, 38
Neonatologist, St. Chris/Drexel
Investigates infant apnea; studies the physiologic, enzymatic and metabolic disturbance of brain-cell injury during oxygen deprivation as manifested in the blood and tissues of fetuses and newborns.
Stephen Trzeciak, 38
Critical-care and emergency medicine, Cooper
Director of clinical research for Cooper’s division of critical care medicine; studies infection and sepsis, septic shock, and post-cardiac-arrest treatment.
David Visco, 38
Internist and pulmonologist, Cancer Treatment
Critical-care and sleep medicine specialist whose research includes prevention of bacterial colonization on central venous catheters, and treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia and severe sepsis.
Michael Weaver, 39
Studies the virology and molecular basis of brain tumor development and growth; seeks to make brain tumor diagnosis less horrific by providing fast-track imaging, same-day tumor evaluation, and prompt decisions on surgical options, along with frank education on what the future holds.
Yu-Ning Wong, 35
Oncologist, Fox Chase
Specialist in genito-urinary cancers; studies cost-effectiveness of treatment outcomes. Her JAMA-published study suggests that surgery or radiation therapy for early-stage prostate cancers prolongs the lives of men ages 65 to 80; has also assessed the efficacy of “watchful waiting” for men with early prostate cancer.