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Crozer-Keystone’s Deborah Kahn, M.D., Recognized for Outstanding Geriatric Care

In Brief

  • Deborah Kahn, M.D., a member of the Division of Geriatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, was recently selected by the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (EPGS) board of directors to receive the Barbara Bell, M.D. Award for distinguished service in the field of geriatric medicine.
  • Kahn, who provides outpatient care at Crozer sites in Media and Crum Lynne, is the third doctor in the Crozer-Keystone Health System to receive this annual award.

Dr. Deborah Kahn

Deborah Kahn, M.D.

Deborah Kahn, M.D., a member of the Division of Geriatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, was recently selected by the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (EPGS) board of directors to receive the Barbara Bell, M.D. Award in recognition of her significant contribution to geriatric care and education.

Kahn is the third doctor in the Crozer-Keystone Health System to receive this prestigious award, which each year honors a doctor whose principles and practices in caring for the elderly emulate the humanistic qualities of the late EPGS board member Barbara Bell, M.D. Kahn received the award at the EPGS Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in Philadelphia last Dec.

“It is very nice to be recognized by my peers,” says Kahn, who has been with Crozer since 2001. As a board-certified physician in both geriatric and internal medicine, Kahn provides outpatient care at Crozer sites in Media, at the Media Medical Plaza, and in Crum Lynne, at the Ridley Professional Building. In her practice, she helps patients manage a variety of issues associated with aging, such as hypertension, back pain, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

“I have a very robust outpatient practice that I love,” says Kahn, who was named a “top doctor” by Philadelphia magazine for the past two years. The most rewarding aspect of her work, she says, are the relationships she develops with her patients over time and the ability she has to provide appropriate care.   

Caring for geriatric patients and the different challenges they face requires a very “holistic approach,” says William Zirker, M.D., MPH, chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and a board member and past president of EPGS. “In addition to addressing important medical issues, physicians must also consider patients’ functional and cognitive abilities, and they must be able to work with patients’ families to determine how to best manage care across these different domains.

“Dr. Kahn is great at making connections and communicating with patients and their families,” Zirker says. “In addition to being an outstanding clinician, she is also an educator and brings her talents to educating our fellows, especially in outpatient management.”

As part of a four-member geriatrician team in Crozer’s Division of Geriatrics, Kahn plays an integral role in Crozer’s Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) program, which provides in-depth assessments of geriatric patients’ medical issues and the impact of these issues on all areas of life and function. These assessments help patients and their families answer important questions about care planning and often include input from patients’ primary care doctors to support the most comprehensive approach.

Zirker says that the recognition of Kahn “shows the high regard that patients, families and colleagues have for her.” Other Crozer-Keystone physicians who have received the Barbara Bell Award in the past include Peter Stein, M.D., and Susan Ball, M.D.

Crozer-Keystone Health System offers a wide range of services and programs to help geriatric patients maintain their independence and a high quality of life. To find out more, visit the Crozer-Keystone website at www.crozerkeystone.org, click on Services, then Geriatric Medicine.

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