Dr. Osterholm's Portrait Presented
References to piety, discipline and a sense of humor abounded
when the colleagues and friends of Jewell L. Osterholm, MD, professor of
neurosurgery at Jefferson Medical College (JMC) and immediate past department
chairman, honored him with the presentation to the University of his portrait,
painted by Mark Skolsky.
Frederick A. Simeone, MD, honorary chairman of the portrait committee and
Dr. Osterholm's successor as department chairman, praised the honoree for
the "stellar fashion" in which he has served medicine in the areas
of spinal cord injury and stroke, and given of himself to his students and
Portrait committee chairman, Bruce E. Northup, MD, clinical associate professor
in the department, JMC, noted that first and foremost Dr. Osterholm is a
surgeon, with the requisite "head of a scholar, hands of an artist
and heart of a lion."
Jerome M. Cotler, MD, the Everett J. and Marion Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery, JMC, detailed Dr. Osterholm's role in forming the spinal cord injury
center and discussed his contribution to science as an inventor who holds
70 patents here and abroad for oxygenation and nutritional support of neural
John F. Ditunno Jr., MD, the Michie Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
and department chairman, JMC, said, "I can say now of Dr. Osterholm
what I said when he came to Jefferson in 1974: 'He fits in and shares his
knowledge openly and without reservation.'"
Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean,
JMC, called Dr. Osterholm a gentlemen and spoke of the generosity that has
prompted him over the years to use his own income for the faculty. Paul
C. Brucker, MD, University president, thanked Dr. Osterholm for his contributions
to Jefferson and the profession as a physician, a scholar and a scientist.
In response Dr. Osterholm thanked all of those with whom he has worked and
continues to work with. "All successes in medicine are now collaborative
efforts; there are no super stars, and I'm not sure there ever should have
been. He also spoke of the importance of God, family and country and quoted
Shakespeare: "My crown is in my heart, not on my head. . . . My crown
is called content."
The organist was Frederick B. Wagner, MD, the Grace Revere Osler Professor
of Surgery and University Historian.