Top Doctors 2018: The Stories They Tell

There are hearts and minds inside those bland white coats. We asked local doctors to show us theirs — to tell us what inspires them, infuriates them, keeps them up at night. Here’s what they have to say.

Clockwise from top left: Mary Kraemer, Jerry McCauley, Adriana Castro-Convers, Damien Croft, Alexis Sweeney, Corinna Franklin, Christopher Raab, and Kevin F. D’Mello. Photography by Colin Lenton

A Good Death

What our patients really need is honesty.
By Mary Kraemer, Temple University Hospital
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On Mistakes

Everybody makes them. For us, though, they’re a matter of life and death.
By Kevin F. D’Mello, Drexel University College of Medicine
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An American Tale

Making a difficult journey easier for others.
By Carmen Guerra, Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine
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The Incredible Journey

My patients see me differently now that I’m more myself.
By Adriana Castro-Convers, Pennsylvania Hospital
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Today I Told A Woman She’s Going to Die

Can we talk about learning on the job?
By Damien Croft, Drexel University College of Medicine
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#MeToo and Medicine

When you’re a woman in a white coat, it’s hard to know where to draw the line.
By Alexis Sweeney, Abington Hospital
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The Joy of Recovery

I understand the addicts I serve. I mean, I really do.
By David Moran, Crozer-Keystone Recovery Center
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Girl Power

The women athletes I treat have never been stronger — or more vulnerable.
By Corinna Franklin, Shriners Hospital
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What Any Family Wants

What if the kids in my clinic were your kids?
By Christopher Raab, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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Having a Heart (Or a Kidney)

Why I care about equal access to organ transplants.
By Jerry McCauley, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
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Plus: Our Largest-Ever List Is Here

Our most comprehensive Top Doctors list ever, with more than 2,600 physicians in 66 different specialties.
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—Edited by Rachel Chernaskey and Sandy Hingston

Published as “Top Doctors 2018” in the May 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.