At Crozer-Keystone, Superior Hand Care is ‘All in the Family’ - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on December 04, 2014

At Crozer-Keystone, Superior Hand Care is ‘All in the Family’

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Mary Wascavage
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A. Lee Osterman, M.D. and Meredith Osterman, M.D.

Pictured in an OR room at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Haverford
are father-daughter hand surgery team A. Lee Osterman, M.D. and
Meredith Osterman, M.D.

DREXEL HILL, PA – Meredith Osterman, M.D. knew from a very early age that she would follow in the footsteps of her father, internationally known and respected hand surgeon A. Lee Osterman, M.D. of The Philadelphia Hand Center. “I grew up surrounded by some of the best hand surgeons,” Meredith says. “My parents are art collectors as well, so we always had prominent artwork and photography of the hand in our home.” 

Today, the father-daughter team is working side-by-side in local operating rooms, including the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Centers at Haverford in Havertown, and at Brinton Lake in Glen Mills. Looking back on her family life, Meredith has warm memories of a father who, “despite his schedule, was always there for everything. He never missed anything I was doing at school. When he was around we always got 100 percent of him. He had a magical way about him.” 

The dedication that Lee Osterman gave to his family was also evident in how he cared for his patients—a trend that continues to this day. Meredith tells a story about when her father, an avid cyclist, fell and broke his shoulder and wrist. He knew his patients needed him and wanted to get back to work as soon as he could. “One of his partners and I reduced his wrist, his friend performed the surgery, and he was back to work within weeks,” she says. 

Lee earned his medical degree and completed a residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a hand and upper extremity surgeon who has lectured and taught both locally and internationally, and is the President of The Philadelphia Hand Center, a premier group of 15 hand and upper extremity surgeons. In 2012, he and his colleagues brought their internationally recognized program to Crozer-Keystone and local residents of Delaware County and beyond. The Crozer-Keystone/Philadelphia Hand Center Partnership came to life, and in 2014 Meredith Osterman became an official member.

Meredith earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and is a fellow of the Mary S. Stern Fellowship in Cincinnati, OH. She cherishes the time spent shadowing her father when she was a child and says that there was always a subconscious connection between them. “I wanted to be around him,” she says. “He has a great ability to connect with people and make them feel comfortable. He is respectful of his patients and colleagues; when you get his attention you have it as long as you need it.” 

Meredith is excited to get to work in her private practice as well as at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Centers at Haverford and Brinton Lake. So much that after she gave birth to her second son in September, she returned to the OR just 5 weeks later. “I am interested in conditions of the elbow, wrist and hand,” she says. “The beauty of the hand is that there is so much variety—repairing nerves, fixing bones. I find that I am always learning something new.” Her father adds that “Meredith is a talented hand surgeon, and I want her to experience as much as I have. She is raising a family and caring for patients, but at the same time she knows how to enjoy life.” 

It appears that the Osterman legacy may get passed down to Meredith’s three-year-old son, Porter. “He is fascinated by the hands,” she says. For example, Porter recently wrapped a boo-boo on his teddy bear’s hand and proclaimed that “he needed Pop Pop to fix him,” Meredith says. 

Meredith Osterman, M.D. sees patients in the practice’s Havertown office (2010 Old West Chester Pike, Suite 330) and at Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake (500 Evergreen Drive, Suite 10, Glen Mills). “The staff at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Centers has become an extended part of our family,” Lee says. 

For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-855-5CK-HAND (1-855-525-4263) or visit http://hand.crozerkeystone.org

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