Newsmakers the Week of February 13, 2014


An acclaimed and popular area author has been designated a Kelly Writer's House Fellow; a Penn Medicine epidemiologist reveals research finds about bed bugs; and the head of plastic surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is hosting a Fat Tuesday benefit for an  area arts center.

Acclaimed author Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) has been named a Kelly Writers House Fellow/University of Pennsylvania and will be hosted by the university on Feb. 17 and 18. The Philadelphian will have the opportunity to interact with aspiring writers as part of the fellowship’s mission.

Dianne Solomon has been named to head the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The appointment of the Haddonfield, N.J., resident, who was a former commissioner of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, was made by Gov. Chris Christie.

Geoff Gross, president and CEO of Medical Guardian, a medical alert company, has been named to the “40 Under 40 List” of achievers by Digital Marketing News.

H. Ronald Klasko of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, where he is founding partner, addressed the topic of “EB-5, Where Are We Now?” in a presentation before the Mexico City Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Bogóta, Colombia.

Michael Z. Levy, assistant professor in Penn Medicine’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was part of a team of epidemiologists tracking the infestation of bed bugs in the city. The study, appearing in a recent issue of Journal of Medical Entomology, cited February as the low point for infestation with August at the high end.

 E. Harris Baum of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., discussed the relationship between Philadelphia and South Korea in a reception at the Union League of Philadelphia in Center City. In other firm news, Mark L. Freed was sworn in to his position on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Paul Glatt, head of the plastic surgery division of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and director of the Burn Unit and the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Program, is hosting the Fat Tuesday celebration at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford on March 4. The theme: “Changing Face of Beauty with a Cajun Flair.” All proceeds benefit the art center. Philadelphia-based writer Jennifer Weiner (Good in Bed, In Her Shoes) was profiled in a recent issue of The New Yorker with a piece entitled “Written Off: Jennifer Weiner’s quest for literary respect.”

Penn graduate Dr. Bert Vogelstein, a prominent geneticist associated with Johns Hopkins University who is cited as a pioneer in the field of cancer research, was selected to receive the first Abramson Award of Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. He was honored at ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of the Abramson being named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

Jack H. Dembow, retired president/CEO of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, has been named to the board of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Larry R. Kaiser, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, has been named to  the governing council of the American Hospital Association’s Constituency Section for Health Care Systems. Kaiser is also president/CEO of the Temple University Health System.



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