Newsmakers the Week of January 2, 2014


A journalist whose work focuses on cardiac death among athletes is to be honored by the Simon Fund; a leading specialist in medical ethics and health policies at the University of Pennsylvania is honored by the American Medical Association Foundation; and the executive director of Philly's Center City District is cited as one of Top 100 City Innovators.

David Epstein, a journalist who has written extensively on the topic of sudden cardiac death among athletes, is being honored by the Simon’s Fund on Feb. 8 at the Simon’s Soiree:An Affair of the Heart. The benefit will be held at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia. The fund is involved in educating about the need for heart screenings in young people.

Richard Reisboard has been  named Best Therapist on the Main Line by Main Line Media News.

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives, chair of the department of medical ethics and health policy, and Diane and Robert Levy University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the university’s Wharton School, has been honored by the American Medical Association Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the American Medical Association. The bioethicist was presented the 2013 Isaac Hays, M.D., and John Bell, M.D., Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.

Michelle Orloski of the legal firm of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, where she is an associate, has been chosen for the Project Next Leadership Team of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Native Philadelphian Rabbi Daniel Grossman recently celebrated his silver anniversary as religious leader of Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville, N.J.

The American Osteopathic Foundation has named Dr. Martin A. Finkel “Physician of the Year.” Finkel heads up the CARES Institute at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey.

Lauren Ainsworth and her mother, Jane Dellheim, opened The Play Cafe on Nov. 23 in Bryn Mawr. The cafe is described as a “safe haven for kids,” targeting children up to age 5, “and a place for adults to unwind and relax.” Dellheim is a former Lower Merion commissioner.

Making the Top 100 City Innovators, a global list assembled by Future Cities: David Gloss and Kevin Colahan, who created the locally headquartered Here’s My Chance and the Do Gooder Awards; Paul Levy, longtime exec director of Philly’s Center City District; and former Penn president, now serving as director of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judith Rodin.

Sportscaster Michael Barkann, a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, has been honored as a 2013 Blue Sapphire Award recipient by RowHome Magazine, citing his “selfless dedication to Philadelphia.”

Dr. Rachel Werner of the Perelman School of Medicine at the U of P, has been named winner of the 2013 American Federation of Medical Research Outstanding Inves­tigator Award.



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