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Mathew M. Clark, M.D., M.A., Associate Director

Biography

Dr. Clark is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and Yale University School of Medicine.  He also holds an M.A. degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.  He completed his Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles.  Prior to joining the Family Medicine faculty at Abington in 1990, he worked in a community health center and an emergency department in Philadelphia.  He has also spent extended periods of time doing medical service in Thailand and Mexico, and regularly performs forensic medical evaluations for refugees seeking political asylum.  Dr. Clark has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics.  He regularly speaks and publishes for a national Family Medicine audience.  Areas of interest include geriatrics, procedural medicine, and physician well-being.  Dr. Clark can be contacted at MClark@amh.org.

Publications

Publications

  • Cancer screening in the older patient  Am Fam Phys 2008;78(12):1369-74,76.
  • Sinusitis. in Essential Infectious DiseaseTopics for Primary Care. Humana Press. 2008. 57-64.
  • Guidelines: Pharmacologic treatment of dementia. Fam Pract News 2008;Apr 15:31
  • Top studies of 2006. Pri-Med online. 2007.                     
  • Restless legs syndrome.in Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary Care.Humana Press.2006;317-21
  • Guidelines: restless legs syndrome. Fam Pract News 2006; Apr 15:53
  • How to sort out a complaint of dizziness.  Patient Care 2003;May:44-52.
  • Restless legs syndrome. J Am Board Fam Pract 2001;14:368-74.
  • Combination antihypertensive drugs: recommendations for use. Am Fam Phys 2000;61(10):3049-56
  • Preventive dentistry and the family physician. Am Fam Phys 1996;53(2):619-26.
  • Medical care of the dental patient. Am Fam Phys 1995;52(4):1126-32.
  • Oral Ketorolac: simply an ordinary NSAID (letter). Am Fam Phys 1994;51(2)352-4.
  • Teething may not be the culprit (letter). Emer Med 1994;June:6.
  • Cardiovascular complications of cocaine abuse (letter). Am Fam Phys 1993;47(5):1072.

Presentations

Presentations

  • Restless Legs Syndrome , Nocturnal Leg Cramps.Lancaster Family Practic Review, March 2013
  • Cerebrovascular disease SAM workshop. Lancaster Family Practice Review, March 2013
  • Pharyngitis, Otitis, Sinusitis. Primry Care Update, Abington Nov 2012
  • Obstructive sleep Apnea. Lancaster Family Practice Review April, April 2012, Sept 2012
  • Health Behavior SAM Workshop Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2011, Oct 2011
  • Vitamin D; Facts and Fallacies. Primary Care Update. Abington Oct 2010
  • Chronic Pain. Best Practices in Primary Care. Atlanta June 2010
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Update. NYC June 2010
  • Travel Medicine. PAFP Clinical Education Series, Lancaster, June 2010
  • Polypharmacy in the Elderly. Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2010
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia. Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2010
  • Pulmonary Artery Hypertension Pri-Med Updates, Dearborn November 2009
  • Fibromyalgia: Myths and Realities. Primary Care Update. Abington October 2009
  • Dental Issues in Family Medicine. PAFP Clinical Educaton Series, Hershey June 2009
  • Antibiotic Use in Upper Respiratory Infections. PAFP Clinical Education Series, Hershey June 2009
  • Dementia, Delerium, and Depression.  Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2009, Sept 2009
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Updates. Houston, March 2009, Norfolk May 2009, Nashville June 2009,       Reston November 2009
  • Judicious Antibiotic Use in Upper Respiratory Infections. Primary Care Update. Abington Sept 2008
  • Restless Legs Syndrome. Pri-Med Updates. Raleigh May 2008, Wash D.C. June 2008, Chicago June 2008
  • Cancer Screening in the Elderly. Lancaster Family Practice review May 2008
  • Physician Well-being. Workshop . Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2008, September 2008
  • Herpes Simplex. Lancaster Family Practice Review April 2008, September 2008
  • The Year’s Top Studies. Pri-Med Updates. Nashville March 2008 Indianapolis May 2008
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Updates. Dallas March 2008, Los Angeles Nov 2008
  • Physician Well-being.  PAFP Clinical Education Series.  Nov 2007
  • The Year’s Top Studies. PAFP Clinical Education Series.  Nov 2007
  • Physician Well-being. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Dementia Workshop. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Otitis Media: an Approach for 2007. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Pediatric Sleep Problems. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Hypertension Workshop. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Top Studies of 2006. Pri-Med Updates.  St. Louis. March, 2007
  • Restless Legs Syndrome.  Pri-Med Updates. Houston, Jan 2007, Chicago April 2007. Anaheim May 2007. NYC Aug 2007. Baltimore Dec 2007.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome.  Pri-Med Updates. Hartford Oct 2006, Brooklyn Oct 2006, Minneapolis       Nov 2006, Portland Nov 2006
  • Breaking Bad News to Patients PAFP Clinical Ed. Series, Williamsburg, VA July 2006
  • Restless Legs Syndrome PAFP Clinical Ed. Series, Williamsburg, VA July 2006          
  • What Do You Mean, “Dizzy”? Lancaster Family Practice Review, March 2006, Sept 2006
  • Dental Issues in Family Practice. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2006, Sept 2006
  • Physician Satisfaction and Well-Being.  STFM Regional Meeting. October, 2005
  • Restless Legs Syndrome.  Lancaster Family Practice Review.  March 2004, March 2005, September 2005
  • Pharyngitis: Is it Strep?  Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2003, October 2003.
  • Sharpening Your Suturing Skills. STFM Regional Meeting. October 1998
  • Beyond the Retirement Community.  STFM Regional Meeting.  October 1998
  • Dental Issues in Family Practice. Lancaster Family Practice Review.  March 1996
  • Medical Consequences of Dental Health. “Sunday Rounds”. National Public Radio. October 1995.
  • Joint Aspiration and Injection Techniques.  STFM Regional Meeting. October 1994.

Amy L. Clouse, M.D., Associate Director

When I first walk in the room to see a patient, the first thing I notice is if they look happy or sad. I do this because a person’s mood sets the tone for the visit and likely their approach to their healthcare and probably their life. What has always intrigued me is who someone is and not just what their disease is, because who they are influences more than anything else how they do with whatever it is they are seeing me for.  I feel the same way about teaching: who someone is, their orientation toward learning, how they learn, it all helps me to understand how to best help them to grow both as a doctor and as a person.

Biography

After earning her B.A. in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Women's Studies from Northwestern University, Dr. Clouse attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania where she received her M.D. degree with Honors. She started post-graduate training in Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center and then changed to Family Medicine when she realized that her professional interests in women's health would be better served by this specialty. Dr. Clouse completed her residency training at the West Jersey Family Practice Residency Program in 1998 as Chief Resident.  

Dr. Clouse brings strong skills, experience and enthusiasm for women's health care to our program including obstetrics, menopausal issues, and gynecologic procedures such as colposcopy and endometrial biopsies.  She also holds a Certificate for Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine and has a special interest in eating disorders and other adolescent issues such as contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. She further serves as the medical director of the North Hills Health Center, a nurse practitioner managed satellite site to our home office that serves a diverse local community and provides health care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Dr. Clouse speaks nationally on women's health topics and has multiple publications to her credit. She has recently co-edited a women's health book for primary care providers and contributed two chapters to that book. She considers herself a “foodie”, always enjoys a good book and a great glass of wine and can often be found training for a local running race. She can be reached at aclouse@amh.org.

Selected Publications Since 2005

Selected Publications Since 2005

  • Clouse, A, Sherif, K, eds. Women’s Health in Clinical Practice: A Handbook for Primary Care.  Totowa, NJ: Humana Press 2008.
  • Clouse, A. Cervical Cancer Detection and Prevention: New guidelines for screening and managing abnormal Pap tests. (chapter) Women’s Health in Clinical Practice. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press 2008.
  • Clouse, A. Eating Disorders: Primary Care Assessment and Management. (chapter) Women’s Health in Clinical Practice. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press 2008.
  • Clouse, A. Skolnik, N. Clinical Guidelines for family physicians: Eating Disorders.  Family Practice News. 15 May 2007 (Vol. 37, Issue 10, Page 29).
  • Clouse, A. Cervical Cancer Detection and Prevention: New Guidelines for screening and managing abnormal Pap tests (chapter) Clinical Guidelines for Primary Care, Humana Press.  Totowa, NJ 2006.
  • Clouse, A.  Women's Health: Managing cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.  Patient Care, May 2005.

Selected Presentations Since 2005

Selected Presentations Since 2005

  • Weighing In: Managing Eating disorders from a Primary Care Perspective.  Primary Care Update-Women’s Health Focus, Abington Hospital June 5, 2010
  • Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding. Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2010
  • Adolescent Contraception: Making an informed choice Pediatric Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, February 2010.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Update. Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2009, September 2009.
  • Contraception Update: Pills, Patches and Postcoitals. Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2009, September 2009.
  • HPV Update: Primary and Secondary Cervical Cancer Prevention Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Lancaster General Hospital.  March 2008.
  • Pap Smears, HPV Typing and the HPV Vaccine: Where do we stand?  Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA.  March 2007, September 2007.
  • Contraception Update.  Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Northeast Regional Meeting, Boston, MA October 2006.
  • Pills Patches and Postcoitals Abington Hospital Family Medicine Department Meeting July 2005.
  • "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Among Underserved Women: The Case of the Pap Test," Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Northeast Regional Meeting, October 2005.

Gerald J. Hansen, III M.D.

One of my favorite patients was a wonderfully wise and delightful Ukrainian great grandmother.  She lived until almost her 102 birthday in a residential apartment in one of the retirement communities we provide care for.  In spite of complex medical problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinsonism and aortic stenosis, her mental faculties were quite sharp.  She loved it when I would bring by medical students and our residents to sit and speak with her.  As well as teaching these folks medicine in Geriatrics, she would impart some of the wisdom gained from a century of experience.  Her favorite nugget was “after everything is said and done, the only thing that matters is love.” 

Last spring, the nurses at her facility informed me that she was refusing to eat or take her medications and that she wanted to die.  I sat down and spoke with her to make sure that pain, depression or any reversible condition was not behind her decision.  She assured me that was not the case and that she was happy that her time had come.  With tears in my eyes, I told her I would miss her and that it was my privilege to know and care for her.  She looked at me and asked with her Ukrainian accent “May I say something doctor?”  “Certainly” I replied.  She grabbed my hand tenderly and said “you have been a wonderful friend.” 

The richness of patient relationships and the gifts of the opportunities to facilitate learning by students and residents are what make being a family physician and teacher so special to me.  Our program has many stories such as this and we welcome you to become a part of them.

Biography 

Dr. Hansen is a graduate of Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  He completed his family medicine training at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and post residency training in family therapy at the Child Guidance Clinic of Philadelphia.  Dr. Hansen has over 20 years experience in teaching residents and medical students and has been director of the program for nine years.  In addition to his Board certifications in family medicine and pain management, he has a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics and an affiliate certification in marriage and family therapy.  Dr. Hansen has served as a hospice medical director for 12 years and lectured regionally and nationally on pain management and end of life care issues.  As Chairman of Abington Memorial Hospital's Physicians' Health Assistance Committee, and member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Physicians' Aid Association, Dr. Hansen has demonstrated a strong commitment to physician health and well-being that extends to the residents of our program.  His other professional interests include addictions medicine, obesity, cross culture medicine and primary care counseling.  Dr. Hansen can be contacted at AMH-FamMedicine@amh.org.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Managing the Chronic Pain Patient at Risk or with a History of Addiction” American Academy of Family Physicians Learning Links Series on Pain Management, November 2008.
  • Chapter on “Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis Guidelines.”  Pending publication of “Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary Care”, edited by Neil Skolnik, M.D.
  • “Substance Abuse Management in Adolescents”, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA (March 2010)
  • “Substance Abuse Management”, Primary Update Conference, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA (October 2009)
  • “Advances in Pain Management”, Primary Care Update Conference, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, AP (September 2008)
  • TEAM STEPPS Trainer, Abington Memorial Hospital, 2008
  • "Preventing Elder Abuse - Recognizing Caregiver Stress" International Elder Abuse Awareness Day Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA, June 2006
  • "Suturing Workshop", PAFP Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA April 2006, 2007, 2008 
  • "Family Physicians and the Battle of the Bulge - Our Role In Obesity Management", Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Northeast Regional Meeting, Hershey, PA October 2005.  Finalist for Best of Conference Presentation.
  • "Suturing Workshop", PAFP Annual Meeting, King of Prussia, PA, April 2005
  • "Suturing Workshop", PAFP Annual Meeting, King of Prussia, PA April 2004
  • "Productivity with Fairness - A Faculty Compensation Model" - Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, N.E. Regional Meeting, Pittsburgh PA October 2003.  Nominated for Best of Conference Presentation.
  • "Alternative Medicine - What Is The Evidence?" - Grand Rounds, St Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA April 2001
  • "Congestive Heart Failure" - OB/GYN Primary Care Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, PA.  November 2000.
  • Panelist, End of Life Care Symposium, St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA.  Sept. 2000.
  • "Chronic Pain Management in the New Millennium" - Grand Rounds, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ.  August 2000.
  • "Palliative Care Pearls" - Grand Rounds, St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA.  February 2000.

Natalie E. McGann, D.O.

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The pure joy of practicing family medicine is the opportunity to be intimately involved with patients and their families: to share in the experience of their joys, their heartaches and the everyday challenges of their lives .  It is through this connection that we as family physicians have the greatest chance to truly help people while at the same time evolving as both professionals and individuals.  Similarly, I feel privileged for the opportunity to work with residents and students.  I am continually humbled by the fact that as I am teaching them, they are often teaching me.

Biography

Dr. McGann is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she earned B.S. degrees in Biology and Nutrition Science.  After college she worked in the bio-tech pharmaceutical industry for several years doing research in oncology before pursuing her medical career.  She earned her D.O. degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Family Medicine training at Abington Memorial Hospital where she served as Chief Resident.

As the first Osteopathic physician to join Abington Family Medicine’s teaching faculty, Dr. McGann strives to foster the growth of the residents and their use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.  She is proud to announce that the Family Medicine Residency Program is now dually accredited by both the ACGME and the AOA.  The newly approved Osteopathic portion of the Family Medicine Residency will officially open its doors in July of 2013.  Dr. McGann welcomes the opportunity to serve as the Director of Osteopathic Medical Education for the new program.

After completing training in hyperbaric medicine and problem wound management, Dr. McGann proudly joined the staff at Abington’s Comprehensive Wound Healing Center where she serves as one of a team of physicians providing specialized wound care to the Abington community two days per week.  She lectures locally and regionally on topics including diet and nutrition, wound care and chronic nonmalignant pain.  Particular professional interests include nutrition science, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and wound care.

Outside the office, Dr. McGann enjoys an energetic family life with her husband, two stepchildren, yellow lab puppy and baby on the way.  Dr. McGann can be contacted at nmcgann@amh.org 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications:

  • Adaptation of MMWR U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010.  Smartphone Application.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In Publication. 
  • Monthly review of two articles from The Journal of Pain.  American Academy of Family Physicians Learning Link.  July 2010-present. 
  • Second-Generation Antidepressants.  Family Practice News.  March 2009. 
  • The selective poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1(2) inhibitor, CEP 8983, increases the sensitivity of chemoresistant tumor cells to temozolamide and irinotecan but does not potentiate myelotoxicity.  Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.  August 2007. 
  • CEP-1104, an inhibitor of the SAPK/JNK pathway, reduces TNF-a release from lipopolysaccharide-treated cells and mice.  European Journal of Pharmacology.  May 2005. 
  • Acute Pelvic Pain.  PEPID Primary Care Plus, PDA Software.  Last updated April 2005. 

 

Selected Presentations:

  • Diets: Fads vs. Facts.  Primary Care Update.  Abington Memorial Hospital.  November 2011. 
  • Approach to the Patient with Chronic Nonmalignant Pain.  Family Medicine Education Consortium.  Northeast Regional Meeting.  Hershey, PA.  October 2010. 
  • A Guide to Problem Wound Management for the Primary Care Physician.  Primary Care Update.  Abington Memorial Hospital.  October 2010. 
  • Practical Aspects of Chronic Pain Management: A Case-based Approach.  AAFP Management of Chronic Pain Learning Link.  January 2009. 
  • Alternate Pathways to Medicine.  Department of Nutrition.  The Pennsylvania State University.  Annual presenter Spring 2002-2007.

John J. Russell, M.D., Director

“Risus sit Amet”  –  My oldest daughter was asked in Latin class to come up with a family motto. She chose “risus sit amet “, which means laughter must be shared.  Whether it is in the office with patients, teaching and learning with residents, or sitting at home with my children, I believe that laughter is the currency that helps give life meaning and is the most direct way to connect with others for it shows that we appreciate life, with all its complexities, inconsistencies and joys.

There is the old expression that medicine is “an art”.  The question is which type of art is Family Medicine most like? In thinking about this question I would say that family medicine is most like Jazz. When you watch a great jazz artist perform several nights in a row you hear many of the same songs each night.  In the spirit of jazz though, they do not sound exactly the same. The “melody” of Family Medicine is Evidence Based Medicine.  The tempo is defined by the needs of the patient. The improvisation that integrates the melody, tempo, and an indefinable quality of spirit is what makes the artist an artist, and what makes the medicine that each of us practices as unique as we are and allows us to change our approach based on the individual needs of each patient. 

What background influences my art?  My art of medicine is informed and influenced by the hard-working values of my family who taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing well.  My art is informed by a deep sensitivity to people and enhanced by growing up just miles from the hospital, understanding the rhythms and nuances of the people of our community.  I also bring the joy and wonder of someone who loves and is constantly amazed by the beauty, courage, energy, and devotion that our patients show us daily in how they handle their lives through health and disease. 

Biography

Dr. Russell is a graduate of Temple University and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.  He completed his Family Medicine training at Abington Memorial Hospital, serving as Chief Resident, and joined the faculty in 1993.  He acts as coordinator of the pediatric curriculum for the program.  He has served as contributing editor for several primary publications and has been a reviewer and contributor to American Family Physician.  He has worked on the palm-based guidelines for the American Diabetes Association and The Infectious Disease Society of America.  He has done several recent video CME projects for AAFP on Diabetes available on their website.  He will soon be working with Dr Skolnik on a journal review podcast  “Clinical Update” for AAFP. He is also a co-author of the text, Dermatology Skills in Primary Care.   Dr. Russell lectures extensively to primary care physicians on a national level and has won several resident teaching awards.  He was named a “Top Doctor” in Family Medicine by Philadelphia magazine. He will serve as  President of The Abington Hospital Medical Staff  from 2010-2012. His special interests include pediatrics, dermatology, cardiology, pharmacology, medical history, and bioethics.  Dr. Russell can be contacted at JRussell@amh.org.

Publications

Publications

  • Russell J, Cardillo S. “Challenging Cases in Effective Management of Type 2 Diabetes ” AAFP Learning Link Video CME series Available at http://www.aafplearninglink.org/Webcasts/Diabetes/Challenging-Cases-in-Effective-Management-of-Type2-Diabetes/index.aspx November 1, 2009
  • Russell J, Cardillo S. “Quality Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Approach to Medical Treatment” AAFP Learning Link Video CME series Available at http://www.aafplearninglink.org/Webcasts/Diabetes/quality-management-type-2-diabetes-approach-medical-treatment/index.aspx September  1, 2009
  • Albert R, Russell J “Solitary Pulmonary Nodule” Am Fam Physician  October 15, 2009 Vol 80:8
  • Russell J “Community Acquired Pneumonia” (chapter) Infectious Disease in Primary Care. Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2007
  • Russell J, Albert R “Adult Immunizations” (chapter) Infectious Disease in Primary Care. Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2007
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) Guidelines for Antiviral Therapy in Influenza 2006:CDC
  • Russell J  “Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines” (chapter) Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care. Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2006
  • Trozak DJ, Tennenhouse DJ, Russell J.  Dermatology Skills for Primary Care                  (textbook). Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2005
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J.  Clinical Guidelines for Family Physicians: Diabetes.  Family Practice News.  April 16, 2005.
  • Russell J. Helping Patients Take control of Their Asthma. Patient Care. April 2005;39(vol 4):15-25.
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) 2005 American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations
  • Russell J. Expert Perspective on Depression. Pri-Med Online. Sept 6, 2004
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J.  Clinical Guidelines for Family Physicians: Diabetes.  Family Practice News.  April 15, 2004.
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) 2004 American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations
  • Russell, J (prepared Palm Version) Infectious Disease Society of America Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines 2004
  • Russell J (prepared Palm Version) Infectious Disease Society of America Lyme Disease Clinical Guidelines 2003
  • Russell J.  Get Ready for this Year’s Flu Season.  Patient Care. October 2003;37(vol 10):40-52
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) 2003 American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations
  • Russell J., Godek B., Adult Immunizations: Underused in Primary Care. Patient Care. July 2003; 37:53-65
  • Russell J. Topical Tacrolimus: A New Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis.  Am Fam Physician Nov 15, 2002; 66:1899-1902.
  • Russell J. Topical Therapy for Acne.  Am Fam Physician Jan 15, 2000;61:357-66.

Presentations

Presentations

  • Best Practices in Primary Care Medicine, “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management:  Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions”  Philadelphia, PA June 18, 2010
  • Pri-Med New York (pre conference) “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management:  Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions”  New York, NY June 16, 2010
  • Pri-Med Southwest (pre conference) “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management:  Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions”  Houston, TX March 3, 2010
  • Best Practices in Primary Care Medicine, “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management:  Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions”  (Reston, VA; Atlanta GA) 2009
  • Pri-Med Updates  “Hypertriglyceridemia: An Independent Risk Factor for Coronary Disease” (Brooklyn,  East Rutherford, Miami )2009
  • Primary Care Update, “Top Articles in Primary Care” Abington PA October 2, 2009  (Course Director as Well)
  • Pri-Med Updates “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management:  Perspectives on Commonly  Asked Questions”  New Orleans, LA; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh PA; Melville, NY)  2009
  • Pri-Med Updates “Managing Triglycerides: A Crucial Component of Cardiovascular Risk Reduction”  (New York, NY, Pittsburgh, PA) 2008
  • Primary Care Update “Top Articles In Primary Care” Abington Memorial Hospital Sept 26, 2008 (Course Director as well)
  • Medical Grand Rounds “Influenza” Abington Memorial Hospital Sept 24, 2008
  • Pri-Med Updates “LDL the Moving Target: Getting Your Patients To Goal”  (Minneapolis, MN; Brooklyn, NY) 2008
  • Primary Care Network: Best Practices in Primary Care “LDL the Moving Target: Getting Your Patients To Goal” (Orlando, FL; Baltimore, MD; San Antonio TX; Dallas TX)2008
  • Pri-Med Updates “Dyslipidemia: From Evidence to Implementation: Getting Patients To Goal” (East Rutherford, NJ Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore MD); 2007
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Lancaster, PA
    • Workshop-“Case Studies in Lipid Management” Sept 25, 2007
  • Center for Business Intelligence 7th Annual Forum on Continuing Medical Education “The Growth of Online CME and Its Impact on the CME Experience for Physicians”, Philadelphia PA;  June 18, 2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Targeting Triglycerides to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk: Focus on Omega-3 Fatty Acids” (Jacksonville, FL; Philadelphia, PA, St Paul MN)2007
  • Primary Care Network: Best Practices in Primary Care “Dyslipidemia: From Evidence to Implementation: Getting Patients To Goal” (Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Detroit MI;Baltimore)2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Top Primary Care Articles of 2006”  Princeton, NJ  March30, 2007
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Lancaster, PA
    • Workshop-“Case Studies in Lipid Management” March 27, 2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Dyslipidemia: From Evidence to Implementation: Getting Patients To Goal” Elmhurst, IL Feb 23, 2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Adjunct Therapy to Statins: The Use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids”
    • (Sacramento, CA; Portland OR;Dallas, TX; Orlando FL) 2006
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Lancaster, PA
    • Workshop-“Case Studies in Lipid Management”
    • Lectures:  “Sinusitis”
      • “A Primary Care Approach to Lipid Management” Sept 26-27,2006
  • Pri-Med Updates “Combination Lipid Therapy”  (Harrisburg, PA; Miami, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI; Princeton, NJ) 2006
  • Pri-Med Updates “Top Primary Care Articles of 2005”  Indianapolis, IN March 24, 2006
  • Pri-Med Updates “Evidence-Based Medicine at the Point of Care”  Pittsburgh , PA; Portand OR) 2006
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine-Northeast Regional Meeting “ECG 101-Minding Your P and Q Waves” Hershey, PA October 27, 2005

Neil S. Skolnik, M.D., Associate Director

My favorite story is that of an old Yiddish tale where one of the “wise men” of Chelm says to his wife, “If I were the czar, I would be even richer than the czar.”   His wife, puzzled as usual by his remarks says, “How can that be?” To which the wise man replies, “If I were the czar, I would do a little teaching on the side.”  I like this story because it conveys a fundamental truth: when you love teaching, you teach.  That is why I, and all the faculty of our program are here at Abington Family Medicine.

Biography

Dr. Skolnik is a graduate of Union College and Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Following his residency, Dr. Skolnik completed a faculty development fellowship at Jefferson and served as one of the faculty in a small inner city family medicine office.  He wrote the book On the Ledge: A Doctor’s Stories from the Inner City about his experiences there. He has a long-term strong interest in medicine and the humanities and often incorporates the humanities into his medical teaching.

Dr. Skolnik has been primary author and editor of three medical textbooks,  Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary CareEssential Infectious Disease Topics for Primary Care, and Electronic Medical Records – A Practical Guide for Primary Care, all published by published by Springer Publishing, the second largest publisher of biomedical textbooks in the world.   Essential Infectious Disease Topics was described in JAMA (June 30, 2010) as “A practical tool for the primary care physician caring for patients with common infectious diseases in the inpatient and outpatient settings….this wonderful book is a comprehensive resource, yet it is written as a pragmatic reference guide for either rapid or in-depth consultations.”  Electronic Medical Records was described in JAMA (May 20, 2011) as doing, “An excellent job of covering the transition from a paper-based to a computer-based charting system….an exceptionally good job of walking the physician inexperienced in the use of EMRs through the acquisition process.”

Dr. Skolnik also serves as the primary care series editor for the Springer Current Clinical Practice Series overseeing the development of over twenty-five primary care medical textbooks.  In addition, Dr. Skolnik has developed an interest and expertise in point-of-care medical information management and has worked with large organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, the American Diabetes Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the American Academy of Family Physicians  to develop PDA, iPhone, and soon Google Droid based applications to facilitate excellence in information retrieval at the point-of-care.

Currently, Dr. Skolnik is excited about a project where he and Dr. Russell are Co-Editors of a bimonthly Clinical Newsletter, the LearningLink Clinical Update published by the American Academy of Family Physicians where they and approximately ten academic primary care physicians review the most important primary care literature to come out in core journals twice-a-month and make that information available in a variety of formats including computer, PDA, iPhone, and Podcasts.  We could go on....but won’t.

Dr. Skolnik writes a monthly guidelines column in Family Practice News and writes, along with a recent graduate, Chris Notte, the monthly Electronic Heath Record Report, also in Family Practice News and Internal Medicine News. Dr. Skolnik lectures regionally and nationally on a variety of family medicine topics and serves as Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.  He has a strong interest in promoting scholarly work among the residents at AFM and thoroughly enjoys teaching medical students and residents.

On the weekends Neil can often be found fishing for small-mouth bass, pike or walleye and hanging out with his wife and two children. Dr. Skolnik can be contacted at NSkolnik@amh.org.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Skolnik NS (editor).  Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ a division of Springer  Science and Business Media (2010)
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J (co-editors). AAFP's LearningLink Clinical Update - Bimonthly Electronic Journal Review formatted for iPhones, computers, podcast 2010-present 
  • Skolnik NS and Notte C – Electronic Health Records Report (monthly column) - Family Practice News, Internal Medicine News, Clinical Endocrinology News (total circulation over 200,000) September 2009 - ongoing (www.efamilypracticenews.com, www.clinicalendocrinologynews.com  )
  • Skolnik NS and (various co-authors) - Clinical Guidelines for Family Physicians (monthly column)- Family Practice News (circulation approximately 90,000) Jan. 2004 - ongoing (over 70 columns to date) (www.efamilypracticenews.com )
  • Skolnik NS. A View from the Top: Reflections of Leaders in the Electronic Health Record Industry, in Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ a division of Springer  Science and Business Media (2010)
  • Skolnik N.S.. prepared: American Diabetes Association's official iPhone and PDA version of The Annual American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations and Standards of Care 2011, 2010, 20098 (developed as software for CD insert that was published in  Diabetes Care, Jan. 2008), 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Skolnik NS  (editor-in-chief), Albert R. Essential Infectious Disease Topics for Primary Care. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ (Feb 2008)
  • Skolnik NS and Liu J. Inspiratory Stridor, Croup, and Epiglottitis, in Pauman, Taylor's Manual of Family Medicine. Lippincott (2007)
  • Skolnik NS, Kuritzky L, Neill R, Schneider D (editors). Essential Clinical Guidelines for Primary Care Physicians. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ (2007) 
  • Skolnik N.S.. prepared CDC's PDA version of the 2006 and 2002 CDC Sexually Transmitted Disease Guidelines available from www.cdc.gov/std/treatment
  • Skolnik N.S. Infectious Disease Society of America iPhone and PDA Series Editor - Infectious Disease Society of America Clinical Guidelines (PDA version of guidelines from 2000-present) 
  • Skolnik N.S.. prepared CDC's PDA version of the 2006 Chemoprophalaxis Guidelines for the Treatment of Influenza
  • Skolnik, NS. Series Editor -Current Clinical Practice Series (develops titles and works with authors/editors to develop content in the Current Clinical Practice series which currently includes textbooks on Cardiology in Family Medicine; Contraception for Primary Care Physicians; Obstetrics in Family Medicine; Pain Management; Respiratory Care; Asthma; Women's Health; Thyroid Disease, and other titles). Humana Press, Totawa, NJ (2004 - present) 
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J (co-editors). Redi-Reference Clinical Update - Bimonthly Electronic Newsletter formatted for PDAs. 2001-2010 
  • Skolnik NS. Croup - Book Chapter in Manual of Family Practice, Robert Taylor editor. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2002 
  • Skolnik NS, Napoletano M, Sagin T. Redi-Reference Clinical Guidelines eHandbook for Handheld Computers. Redi-Reference, Inc. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (Reviewed in Book Review Section of Annals of Internal Medicine Nov. 20, 2002. 135:934)
  • Skolnik NS. Medical Information in the Palm of your Hand: eReferences for Home Care on Palm Operating System Devices. Home Heath Care Consultant/Home Care Medicine. Jan. 2002. 9:17-19 
  • Skolnik NS, Beck J, Clark M. Combination Antihypertensive Drugs: Recommendations for Use. American Family Physician 2000; 61:3049 
  • Abrams KA, Skolnik NS, Diamond J. Patterns and Correlates of Tobacco Use Mong Suburban Philadelphia 6th-grade through 12th-grade Students. Family Medicine 1999;31:128.
  • Skolnik, NS. On the Ledge: A Doctor's Stories from the Inner City  (Book) -Faber and Faber, Inc. (Boston/London) 1996

Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • Treatment of Hypertension in Diabetes. Advanced Course in the Treatment of Diabetes and its Complications. American Diabetes Association. Atlanta, GA (May, 2010)
  • Treatment of Diabetes – the Value of Lifestyle Modification, Diet, and Exercise. Advanced Course in the Treatment of Diabetes and its Complications. American Diabetes Association. Atlanta, GA (May, 2010)
  • Treatment of Depression in Diabetes. Advanced Course in the Treatment of Diabetes and its Complications. American Diabetes Association. Atlanta, GA (May, 2010)
  • Maximizing Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes and First-line Oral Agents to Manage Diabetic Hyperglycemia. American Diabetes  Association – Current Concepts in Diabetes. Dearborn, Michigan (April 2010)
  • Getting your Patient to Goal: Oral Antihyperglycemic Combinations and Incretin-based Therapies.  American Diabetes  Association – Current Concepts in Diabetes. Dearborn, Michigan (April 2010)
  • National Guidelines Update: The New COPD GOLD Guidelines 2009 online CME program. Temple University School of Medicine  Dec. 2009.
  • Top Articles for Primary Care. Pri-Med Medical Conference. Princeton, NJ , Dearborn, MI(September, May 2009).
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Medical Conference. East Rutherford, N.J.  June 2009.
  • Diabetes 2009. Online – American Academy of Family Physicians – Learning Link. www.aafp.org/learninglink  May 2009.
  • Fibromyalgia. Best Practices in Primary Care. Las Vegas, Nevada April 2009.
  • Update on Diabetes. Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.  Skytop Breakaway, Skytop, PA.  March 2009.
  • Practical Aspects of Chronic Pain Management: A Case-based Approach. American Academy of Family Physicians – Learning Link. www.aafp.org/learninglink  March 2009.
  • Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain. American Academy of Family Physicians – Learning Link. www.aafp.org/learninglink  September 2008.
  • Top Articles of the Past Year. Pri-Med Medical Conference. Durham, NC; Baltimore, MD; East Rutherford, NJ (April, March, Nov 2008).
  • Family Practice Review Course-  American Medical Seminars. Sarasota, FLA. March 2008.  10 hours of CME -  Pain Management, Hypertension, Diabetes, Migraine Headaches, Dermatology, Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolus, Adult Preventive Health Maintenance I and II, Most Important New Medical Articles of the Last Year Parts I and II.
  • Management of Venous Thromboembolic Disease. Pri-Med Medical Conference. Chicago, MA (Nov. 2007)
  • Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia. Pri-Med Update.  Stamford CT (Oct 2007); Hartford, CT (Oct. 2007); Jacksonville, FL (Dec. 2007).

Academic Honors and Awards

Academic Honors and Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctor" Award in Family Practice in Philadelphia; Philadelphia Magazine, May  2002; 93(5):80
  • Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctor" Award in Family Practice in Philadelphia (one of 11 Family Physicians in the Philadelphia area given this honor);  Philadelphia Magazine, May  1996; 87(5):92

Meera Shah, D.O., MBA

“To be human, is to be grateful” –

inspired by Rev. Pandurang Shastri  Athavale

To cultivate this everlasting, progressive, and intense sense of gratitude has been an important goal in my life.  I am grateful to my parents, who had put in overtime hours to supplement their minimum wage salaries for my family.  I am grateful to my older brother and sister for being my role models as I was growing up; to my teachers and mentors for molding me, to my husband for being my better half, and to my daughter for helping me experience God’s love.  I am thankful for a million other things.  I have truly been blessed, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Any object visually exists only because it knows to reflect the light that has shined upon it.  The realization of how blessed I am has taught me to reflect that light of love and warmth unto others, particularly my patients.  As influential teachers in my life, my patients continue to inspire me every day to become not only a better physician, but also a better human being.  It is what makes me proud to be a part of the Family Medicine community at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Biography

Dr. Shah is a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she also obtained a Masters in Chemistry.  She received her medical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine while working on her MBA in healthcare administration at St. Joseph’s University.   She is a product of our proud Family Medicine Residency program and is an Osteopathic Physician who is proficient in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  Dr. Shah brought her enthusiasm and zeal to Abington Family Medicine in 2011 after completing her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital.  Currently, she is part time faculty with Abington Family Medicine, dedicated to serving our local nursing homes, and taking part in mentoring our residents in our Family Medicine. 

Dr. Shah is a proud mother of two, and when not immersed in the joys of motherhood also takes deep interest in studying philosophy and scriptures of her Indian culture.  She can be reached at Mshah@amh.org.


William L. Frangipane, M.D., Obstetrics Faculty

Dr. Frangipane, a summa cum laude graduate of St. Joseph's University, received his M.D. degree from Penn State University College of Medicine and has been an OB/GYN faculty associate since 1997. As well as publishing numerous articles, Dr. Frangipane has written a book on obstetrics and gynecology for primary care practitioners.  Twice monthly presentations and case conferences are given by Dr. Frangipane and are an integral part of the OB/GYN curriculum. In 2002, he was the first recipient of the Mandler Award for outstanding contribution and commitment to the education of the family medicine residents.


Warren B. Matthews, M.D. F.A.A.F.P.,
Chairman, Dept. of Family Medicine

Dr. Matthews graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Electrical Engineering before entering Thomas Jefferson Medical College.  After receiving his MD degree, he served his Family Medicine residency at AMH and joined the medical staff in 1980.  He was appointed department chair in 1986.  He leads a busy office practice and has been listed 4 times as a "Top Doc" by Philadelphia Magazine.  He serves as the teaching attending on the inpatient service for a week at a time, 6-8 times each year.


Deborah Silver, M.D., Medical Director,
CHOP Pediatric Care at Abington Memorial Hospital

Deborah Silver, M.D. is the director of CHOP Pediatric Care at Abington Memorial Hospital.  After doing her pediatric residency and general pediatrics fellowship at the University of California in San Diego, Dr. Silver returned to the east coast to work at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, helping to run the inpatient pediatric program located at Abington Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Silver is a dedicated clinician and teacher.