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CHOP Establishes Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery

>>Good afternoon For those of you who would like to sit, there
are a number of seats up here in the front. So make yourself comfortable. My name is Steve Altschuler. I’m the CEO of The Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia. And it’s a pleasure to welcome all of you
here today. This is a very special event. And as Scott commented, we have standing room
only for dedicating this new endowed chair. We’re here to dedicate the Louise Schnaufer
Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. And you’ll hear a lot about Dr. Schnaufer
in the course of the event this afternoon. The first thing that I wanted to mention to
you, this is an endowed chair that was supported by the Hospital and by the Department of Surgery
and their practice plan CSA. And it’s typical of many of the endowed chairs
that have been developed at the institution over the last few years in that both the Hospital
and the practice plans representing the physicians have contributed. And I think everyone knows the endowed chairs
are quite special. They’re frequently used to recruit people
to the institution, and certainly to honor individuals that have had an impact in some
field of pediatric medicine. So the Hospital has been very proactive with
our physician partners in trying to develop more endowed chairs. Obviously an endowed chair in Dr. Schnaufer’s
name is very, very meaningful. For me it brings me back to when I first came
to CHOP in 1982. I started as a fellow in gastroenterology. And it so happens in that year for some unknown
reason, there were a lot of cases of biliary atresia, which is a complex liver disorder. And it so happened that the individual doing
the surgery to correct that disease was Dr. Schnaufer. And I remember probably being involved with
oh, 10 or 12 patients just during that first year which was very unusual. And she was really a master surgeon in very
complex biliary and abdominal surgery. I also remember my first night as a fellow,
a patient came into the emergency room with bleeding from esophageal varices. It was a patient who Dr. Schnaufer had operated
on, and had developed one of the typical complications. It’s something that’s now not seen very frequently. And that patient required something that I’m
sure is not seen anymore, is a Blakemore tube. Some of you still remember those days. But that’s now part of the history of medicine. And I think that’s very much what this day
is about, is the history of medicine. Dr. Schnaufer is very much a part of the history
of medicine, certainly a part of the history of pediatric surgery in many ways. And she’s one of a long line of surgeons that
has created an incredible legacy at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the field of pediatric
surgery, and I’m sure Dr. Adzick will talk a little bit about that. But today we’re here to establish this chair
in Dr. Schnaufer’s name. As we typically do, we have these beautiful …
So let me … The chair was approved by our board of trustees. And let me just read you the resolution that
endowed the chair. “Whereas Louise Schnaufer, MD, was a pioneering
pediatric surgeon who served with distinction at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
from 1971 until 2002. And whereas Dr. Schnaufer was a path breaker
and a beloved teacher. And whereas the Children’s Surgical Associates
and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia desire to honor Dr. Schnaufer’s groundbreaking
legacy of compassion, education and excellence, now therefore resolved that
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hereby establishes the
Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery to support a preeminent
leader in the field of pediatric surgery. And further resolve that The Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia appoints Holly L. Hedrick, MD, as the inaugural holder of the Louise Schnaufer
Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery.” And we’ll hear from Dr. Hedrick as well. So at this point I would like to introduce
Dr. Scott Adzick, who’s the Surgeon-in-chief of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I think everybody knows he’s been a leader
in fetal therapy and diagnosis. And is also the Chief of the Division of Pediatric
General Thoracic and Fetal Surgery. Dr. Adzick.>>Thank Steve. This is a good crowd. I’m told by the development folks that this
is a record breaking crowd for an endowed chair ceremony. Which I think’s pretty good. By way of background, I had the distinct pleasure
and privilege of working with the late Dr. Louise Schnaufer during the last eight years
of her professional career. That was 1995-2002. And the Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair in
Pediatric Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was created in the recognition
of her remarkable care to thousands of young patients and their families. Her gifted hands, her inspiring teaching of
aspiring pediatric surgeons, and her wonderful generosity to CHOP. Louise Schnaufer lived a life of a teacher. “To teach is to touch a life forever.”
This quote in emblazoned on a pillow that Louise’s pediatric surgery trainees gave her
as a gift in recognition of the many gifts of instruction, advice and support that she
gave them. I remember Louise warmly welcoming me to CHOP
in 1995. I was 41 years old, had no idea where the
bathrooms were or anything. She was 70 and clinically very active. And during those eight years, she taught me
a lot too. I remember Dr. Mark Schreiner, who’s here,
producing a beautiful line drawing of Louise. And you can see her right here with a flower
cap. And one of the pediatric surgery fellows right
here, doing an operation on a critically ill baby. This was in the NICU actually. So much of what we do, so much of what we
teach, is one on one in the operating room. And that is where Louise Schnaufer was truly
masterful. On display, let me see, they must be in front
of here, there are two more of Mark Schreiner’s line drawing which are works of genius. This shows Louise’s hands here on the right
while she’s doing a delicate inguinal hernia repair in a baby. I remember, and I’m sure
Peggy Duckett remembers this, a Christmas party where she was dressed as
Mrs. Claus bringing gifts to children as a counterpart to Dr. Harry Bishop’s Santa Claus. In case those who don’t know him, the late
Dr. Harry Bishop is right in those whiskers. Louise was a lot of fun, she was fully of
energy, and she kept us on our toes. I remember a graduating pediatric surgery
fellow, who will remain unnamed, showing this photograph at the end of the year change party, which is held for celebration
for the graduating fellow. And it’s a photograph of Louise playfully
posing like me. Complete with scrubs, magnified hoops, head
light, high tech video camera, power position like Wonder Woman. With hands on hips and elbows akimbo and
a very, very stern gaze. So Louise could be a prankster too. This shows a photograph from the dedication
of the Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery back in 1998 at CHOP. This endowment which Louise largely funded,
as well as contributions from her past fellows, supports the salary of the pediatric surgery
fellow in perpetuity, that’s what endowments all about. Dr. Jack Templeton here on the right, the
trauma program founder. Dr. Michael Nance, then, the pediatric surgery
fellow, now the Templeton endowed shareholder, and trauma program director. Then the CEO, Mr. Edmond Notebaert, Dr. C.
Everett Koop of course, the surgeon-in-chief at CHOP in 1948-1981. His successor, Dr. Jim O’Neal,
surgeon-in-chief from 1981-1995. Dr. Mori Zeag ler, CHOP trainee, CHOP faculty,
surgeon-in-chief successfully at Cincinnati Children’s, Boston Children’s and Denver Children’s. Louise Schnaufer, the honoree, and here’s
me. My wife told me not to say this, but I look
like I’m 18 years old. Here’s Dr. Schnaufer depicted in action by
Dr. Schreiner. She was respected as a surgeon, as an innovator,
as an advocate of the child, and as a teacher of residents and fellows in pediatric surgery. Now more than this, and everyone here who
knew here would attest to this statement, she was loved for her innately generous personality. Her life was well sown together with threads
of kindness, compassion, dedication, and unselfishness. The inaugural holder of the Louise Schnaufer
Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery is one of my favorites, Dr. Holly Hedrick. Dr. Hedrick is a Hoosier. She was born and raised in Indiana, she’s
the pride of Indiana University, Phi Beta Kappa graduate. Attended Duke Medical School, trained in general
surgery at the Brigham Women Hospital. Did a two year … Brigham and Women’s
Hospital, excuse me, did a two-year research fellowship with Harvard
Professor Dr. Patricia Donahoe at the MGH where she began to study the very difficult
congenital diaphragmatic hernia problem, which is still a very difficult problem, but we’re
making some progress. We were fortunate that she did her pediatric
surgery fellowship here at CHOP, finished in the year 2000. And then after joining our faculty, she did
an additional year, sort of a fetal surgery apprenticeship to join our fetal surgery team. Dr. Hedrick is a crucial part of our pediatric
general surgery team. Now she’s back here, the reason is that she
wasn’t there that day, OK. So Ashley Moore and others used Photoshop
to somehow insert her, which makes you worried about all those team
photographs. She is a key fetal surgeon on our Center for
Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment team. She’s a delight to work with shoulder to shoulder. Shown here in the operating room during an
intricate fetal surgery operation. She’s the leader of the Luminary Pulmonary
Hypoplasia program. A multi-disciplinary team that provide comprehensive
care for more than 400 children, it’s probably larger figure than that now, with small lungs. Mostly follow-up for congenital diaphragmatic
hernia babies. And this program serves as a springboard for
important basic science and clinical research. Dr. Hedrick has the key characteristics of
a master surgeon just like Dr. Schnaufer. There’s a saying outside the suite room at
the Massachusetts General Hospital about Dr. Sweet, but it applies to Dr. Schnaufer and
Dr. Hedrick. “Maturity of judgment, dexterity of hand,
attention to detail, serenity in crisis, and devotion to teaching.” I have a story to
share with you to show how the pediatric surgical torch has passed figuratively and now literally
from Dr. Schnaufer to Dr. Hedrick, one female pediatric surgeon professor to another. The first successful separation of conjoined
twins at CHOP was performed in 1957. So that’s 57 years ago. Team led by Dr. C. Everett Koop,
then surgeon-in-chief at CHOP, and as you all know, subsequently the Surgeon
General of the United States of America. Dr. Koop, who was referred to by
his friends and colleagues as CEK, had a first assistant during the first conjoined
twins surgery named Dr. Louise Schnaufer, who at that time was the
pediatric surgical fellow. After training at CHOP, Dr. Louise Schnaufer
returned home to Baltimore where she practiced at the Union Memorial Hospital, and later
also at John’s Hopkins where her chief was Dr. J. Alex Howler. Dr. Howler is here, took the trip
from Baltimore to Philadelphia. Brought along his beautiful
wife, Dr. Emily Howler. And Dr. Howler, I have to say that you were
and are a role model for me, as well as for many other pediatric surgeons. You’re also a valued colleague
of Dr. Louise Schnaufer. And if you wouldn’t might standing so we can
recognize you, I’d appreciate it. After Dr. Schnaufer left Baltimore and returned
to CHOP in 1971, she developed a keen interest in the surgical treatment of conjoined twins. And she participated in many of the twin separations
over the next four decades. And I think that CHOP did about 25 conjoined
twins separations over those 40 years. I remember in 1999, I led a team that separated
a conjoined twins fused at the chest and the abdomen, the medical term
is thoraco-omphalopagus. I wouldn’t recommend you use
that in a cocktail party. But they’re fused, as you see,
at the chest and abdomen. A very complicated defect. And this was diagnosed before birth, this
is a fetal MRI showing how they’re conjoined. And this family and twins came
to us here at CHOP from Poland. Here’s operating room nurse Joy Kerr, I know
Joy is here somewhere, where are you Joy? There we go. This is just prior to separation of these
conjoined twins. First from the clutches of Joy, and then we
did the conjoined twins separation. I asked Louise Schnaufer to assist me with
this separation. She was delighted to do so. With her experience, she was great help. And with her enthusiasm and energy, it really
didn’t matter that she was 74 years old. The day after the separation surgery, Louise
sent me an e-mail that I would like to read to you despite me being a little embarrassed
about the message. It is dated November 4, 1999. “Dear Scott, thank you for a great time
in the OR yesterday. It was a most exciting
separation and such fun. You’re a terrific surgeon and you remind me
of CEK Koop, decisive and fast.” Signed Louise Schnaufer. The other assistant for that twin separation
in 1999 was a pediatric surgery fellow named Dr. Holly Hedrick. Here’s the team, the twins, the mother, Dr.
Schnaufer, Dr. Hedrick. Here are those twins last year at their 14th
birthday party with their mother. Koop said, “To operate and save a child,
is to save a lifetime.” Well, I guess in this case, that quote is true times two. And here we are now, Dr. Hedrick leading a
team that recently separated conjoined twins with spectacular results. That’s the way it works at CHOP. We teach each succeeding generation, in this
case from Koop, to Schnaufer, to Hedrick. And each generation does it better. This important passing of the torch philosophy
at CHOP is true for all the medical and surgical specialties, all the specialties for nursing
and so forth. And it’s true throughout this most special
Children’s Hospital. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living
by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” That describes
Dr. Louise Schnaufer’s life. A life made by what she gave. Holly, I wish that Louise was here today. She would get such a big kick out of this. You two have a special bond as teacher and
pupil, as pioneering surgeons, and as women. But in many ways she is here
today by what she gave. I say Dr. Hedrick, you’re a terrific surgeon,
and you remind me of Dr. Louise Schnaufer; calm, caring, collegial, and just like Dr.
Schnaufer said, “Decisive and fast.” It is my pleasure to introduce our patient-family speaker, Mr. Owen Watkins, who will tell us a story that illustrates, I think,
the important link between Dr. Schnaufer and Dr. Hedrick. Mr. Watkins.>>Thank you, what a wonderful event. And this really is a passing of the torch. I echo those words. What I’m gonna do is take us back a few years. 1980 is the year that we’re gonna go back
to. And it kind of ties all of this with Dr. Koop,
Dr. Schnaufer, Dr. Hedrick. My brother and I were little boys, and we
had a condition called hereditary spherocytosis. And essentially my parents were turned to
CHOP at that point and the fix was a splenectomy. So my dad, even now to this day, my dad is
the type of person that wants to interview the doctor. And this is before we had internet, so these
interviews were something, right. So dad gets the idea, “OK, we’re gonna
go to CHOP, let me talk to th e surgeon-in-chief. I need to talk to the top surgeon, these are
my two kids, they’re important to me.” So that’s one interview that took place. The other interview that took place was a
surgeon that is a friend of Dr. Koop, and Dr. Koop mentored, and that doctor was Dr.
Louise Schnaufer. So coming out of this, my dad
assessed his interview results. And there was one attribute that
really stood out to my father. And that was that Dr. Schnaufer’s training,
and schooling that she we nt through was primarily in the 40s and 50s. And this was before the Civil Rights Act,
and women had an equal opportunity. And started taking a look at this
rather small surgeon, right. He said, “This is the one to operate on
my kids.” She’s predominantly in a male dominated field.”
The picture that we saw up there was mostly men right. So he said that, “This is gonna be the surgeon
for my kids.” So that’s where we wound up. We were here in Children’s Hospital in 1980. So I fast forward a number of years, you know,
our families got married, started having kids. And this hereditary condition showed its
head again in our family, my brother’s family. And so as we were meeting with hematology,
we were here, and in hematology the doctor was explaining to my wife and myself, “OK,
this is what we’re faced with.” I said, “Yep, yep, I know, I know. We’ve been down this road before.” I shared
the story about my dad picking Dr. Schnaufer for the surgeon. And Dr. Frempong smiled, he looked at his
fellow, they both smiled at each other. And they said, “Dr. Holly Hedrick.” They
both together knew that this was gonna be the surgeon for our family. And there has to me more to the story right,
for two people to smile and look at each other and say, “This is the surgeon that’s gonna
fit your family perfect.” So along with that, I can assure you all that
Dr. Hedrick didn’t go through the same interview process that Dr. Schnaufer went through. It was pretty easy. But I did chuckle inside, knowing that the
surgeon that was recommended was a female surgeon; I knew dad would be proud. But as of current, as of last month, Dr. Hedrick
has had the opportunity to operate on five of our family members between
my brother and myself. The same surgery that
Dr. Schnaufer performed on us. Things are a lot different today. Yeah, the scars aren’t nearly
as bad as what they were. My brother and I were both on a swim team,
so you know, we always had the scar from almost belly button to side. And people would look at us and we would joke
with them, “Yeah we got cut down in Philadelphia. We tried to be tough.” And our little guy
last month, he was trying to be tough too, he’d say, “I want scars, they look cool.” So this evening for my family, this event
is just so fitting. To have my children surgeon named the inaugural
chair of the Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. It’s named in memory
of our surgeon. The picture of the two of you up here is priceless. It really, really shows that … And I know the talent level in this room,
and the hands that are in this room, is far beyond simple splenectomies. But you know, it doesn’t take many walks down
the halls to see the needs. But I thank you Dr. Hedrick for the commit
to our family, the commit to Children’s Hospital. And the quality of life that Dr. Schnaufer
has given us, you’ve returned to our family three-fold. So I thank you for that.>>Thank you, thank you, thank you. That was an incredible story, boy. Now let’s talk about endowed chairs. Steve talked a little bit about endowed chairs. I’m gonna brag a little bit, we now have 23
endowed chairs in the Departments of Surgery at CHOP, which is a big change from the two
endowed chairs we had in 1995. History teaches us that the earliest endowed
chairs, interestingly, were crafted, established by Marcus Aurelius in ancient Rome. The practice was adapted to the modern university
system in 1502 when Lady Margret Buford, grandmother to the future king,
Henry the eight, created the first endowed chairs in
divinity at the Universities of Oxford and at Cambridge. Here’s my prospective on endowed chairs. I think of these endowed chairs not as a cozy,
upholstered, seats for refugee and repose. But truly as hot seats that spur the chair
holder to challenge herself or himself every day to pay appropriate tribute to the donors
and the honorees. At CHOP endowed chair funds are used not for
the chair holder’s salary, but rather on a yearly basis, for the chair holder’s initiatives
in clinical program development, and research, and education, and so forth. And I think we have the right person for the
Schnaufer Endowed Chair, Dr. Holly Hedrick. I’m going to present her with an actual endowed
chair, which is sort of a hard chair so you can’t like, you know, get too comfortable
in this chair, Holly. The inscription on the back reads, “Louise
Schnaufer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
presented September 30, 2014.” Holly, please come forward and
congratulations.>>I’m really so grateful to
all of you for coming. It is an overwhelming experience. And I do feel the responsibility
that comes along with this. Thank you all. I’ve had many, many mentors
and teachers over the years. And I just need to thank, thank so many people. And my first teachers are my parents. My mom still looks at my dad this way. They’ve always seen only potential,
they allowed me to dream big. They raised, as my mom likes to say, “Four
only children with distinct interests and talents.” At 80 and still practicing dentistry,
my dad has fine hands that do delicate work. And he’s taught us that work is good. They cheered me on in the Indiana school system,
college, medical school, and then onto residency. They bought a lot more plane
tickets than they ever wanted to. At the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then
Mass General Hospital for research, I was working with Pat Donahoe and Jay Schnitzer. And this is where I first heard of these crazy
guys, Dr. Scott Adzick, Dr. Allen Flake, Lori Howell, and this whole idea of a fetal enterprise. It sounded like science fiction. It sounded fantastic. It sounded like something that you couldn’t
imagine ever being in the room for, witnessing, and being a part of it was just
beyond my wildest dreams. I also, in Boston, in those formative years,
met Dr. Natalie Rintoul, who is in this room today. And interestingly enough, we actually met
over congenital diaphragmatic hernia patient. It happened to be a lamb. But that hasn’t stopped us from working hard
together to try and solve some of the problems of these patients that we love so dearly. I arrived at CHOP in 1998, and I know Mike
Nance is here, and I was really afraid. Some of which was because his wife said to
me, “I’m so sorry.” Bill Adams has sent me a little care package a couple of week
before I arrived. It had Shirley Bonham’s history book in it. It had a CHOP mug. It had a CHOP T-shirt. And it had a bunch of note cards of things
to do and how to do it that were laminated. He told me that, “When you’re the fellow
here, everybody looks to you to know what to do when somebody’s really sick. When you’re the fellow here, it’s important
that you are on it. It’s important that you do the extra, you
go the extra mile. It’s important that you know that you’re the
only one sometimes in the middle of the night to figure out what do to.” And so that was
daunting. And then I remember meeting with Dr. Adzick
the first day I came, the first hour actually, and he said to me, “The NICU, it’s yours. You know that, you got that, right?” Despite all this, it felt really natural and
good from the very beginning. I wanted to be here. I couldn’t believe that I had the chance to
be here. I still can’t believe it actually. It was really outstanding. And the thing about CHOP is no matter where
you go, there’s somebody always smarter than you. There’s somebody really good
doing every single job. I mean, it’s amazing, everywhere you go, every
floor, every service, every department. And they all talk to you and
they’re nice to you. There’s always somebody who can help. Fellowship was truly a dream. I loved going to work, I never wanted to leave. I didn’t leave actually very much. And I really didn’t want it to end. I thought I was going to be
really, really sad to go. And so one day in the operating room, I remember
it really well, I think we were doing a hernia. And Dr. Adzick mentioned, “You know, what
would you think about being here?” And I didn’t answer because I actually
didn’t think said that. And then the next case, he said, “Well you
didn’t talk much last time.” And I just, I said, “Well where do I sign?” So the highlight and the most cherish memory
was definitely November of 1999, and Dr. Adzick’s shown you several pictures. This was actually the day
after the oral boards. And it was moved to that day
because I actually had the oral boards. And so the separation was on November third
and the note from Louise was on November fourth. The separation of the twins. And can you imagine being in the same room
with Dr. Adzick and Dr. Schnaufer and just me. I mean, it was incredible. And Joy was there, of course,
telling me what to do. But it was amazing. And this has all came around full circle really
to several years later with the chance for me to be a head of a team. And you guys have all heard about the Tucker
Twins, and I apologize to the Raymonds for not warning them, but they’re actually here
today. And this was actually the first set that I
got to truly orchestrate, and this family means so much to me that they have surprised me
with visiting me today. And Miracles and Faith Raymond. This is in South Carolina with Faith being
held up at a sign that just happens to say, “Hedrick Street.” I am very grateful to Dr. Adzick for the opportunities,
for taking a chance on me, for the unwavering, unwavering, support and guidance. And for that ideal of excellence, excellence,
right, attention to detail, excellence. I’m also grateful to all of my general surgeon
partners, this happens to be Dr. Dulan. They all have incredible talents, and they’re
all really, really good people. It’s really an honor to work with each of
them. I would be pleased if any of them operated
on any of my children at any time. But please let’s just not do it any time soon. They have incredible expertise, incredible
friendship, and they always, always have my back. This is Dr. Dulan participating in an annual
bike ride that we have for Friedreich’s ataxia. This is one of my favorite pictures of all
time, and I believe that Joy took this picture. At least it was from her archives. I’m also very grateful to the nurse practitioners
and the nurses at the bedside and in the OR who always really know what to do. They always know the scoop, they always know
what’s really wrong with the patient. And I’m grateful for them sharing their knowledge. I’m grateful to my collaborators on the neo-surgery
team and the Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program. The detailed care, digging deeper, pushing
forward, it’s been a ton of fun. And I hope that we can keep pushing the envelope
on what we can do for those patients. Most importantly, I’m very grateful to the
many patients and families who have travelled this journey with me, who’ve trusted me. I am so grateful for their trust. Now, the Watkins family has shared with
us that the best things really do come in small packages. And so Louise came in a same package, but
she was bigger than life. We’ve heard many of the stories about Louise,
her kindness, her compassion, her skill, her ability to put us all at ease no matter what
the situation was. Yet she also pushed the frontier. She started the ECMO Program here, she had
the Biliary Atresia Program here that Dr. Altschuler talked about. She advanced the care for conjoined twins. Just among the many things that she did. And always without asking for any kind of
recognition. I met Louise in the final years prior to her
retirement. And there was nearly a half century of work
that came before me. Countless colleagues, countless patients,
families that she touched. I think she told Mike Nance that she did 8,000
hernia repairs when he was thinking of setting up his hernia hut. And so you can just imagine how many lives
that she’s touched. This is the picture of the final day. And we actually dressed alike. Somebody found a scrub dress, because they
had outlawed them by this time. I won’t talk about why. And really, Michelle and some of the
nurses helped me get all the details right. The flowered hat, had to wear diamond earrings,
I had to wear Keds, and the dress. And so we did several cases that last day
together. Which was my last day of fellowship, and it
was her last day of operating in the CHOP OR. And so it was really, really a
special, special day. I guess not a day goes by that I don’t think
about Louise when I’m in the OR lounge and I see the newspapers laying around because
she brought a newspaper every day to the OR, and she would get very upset
if someone took it out. For several years after her retirement she came to patient management and many of the parties. She was always the photographer, so it’s actually
kind of hard to get a picture of her. But I do have a couple where she’s dancing,
and being Mrs. Claus. Many of ourselves, to this day, in patient
management, will catch us using her words, “It’ll be OK. You have a really tough problem and you don’t
know what to do and you’re ringing your hands, it’ll be OK.” “Screaming helps the lungs,”
that’s my actual favorite one. So whenever you’re, you know, examining a
baby and they really don’t want to have anything to do with you, “Screaming helps the lungs.”
And then one of my favorites is when you take off the drapes to put on the patient, there’s
a drape that comes down and there’s a little schematic that shows you which
way’s up and which way’s down. And every time Louise says, “Hi Tim.”
And then she puts it down. And so we still do that. There’s also a really special bond that you’ve
heard about between Louise and her fellows. We were the Louise Schnaufer
Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Surgery. And it really meant something. It meant something extra, it was special. I mean, a fellow that has a title, I mean
it’s incredible. We actually put it on our cards. Everyone tries to live up to her ideal, and
I think to this day all of us are very bonded by that knowledge. As fellows Louise made you feel like you belonged
and that you could do anything. She made you feel like it was OK and even
good to question what the next move would be. She treated each and every person
with the utmost respect. Louise always brought a sense of calm and
quiet strength to every situation. And she was actually very funny. She had a ton of personal charm. There’s one story which you may not have heard. We’ve heard a lot of funny stories today. But this has to do with you, Grace. Grace turned 13 this past Sunday, and she’s
that little baby that Louise is holding. And it was September 28th, it actually Friday,
and it was supposed to be my last day on call. But I was doing cases and seeing patients,
and I realized I hadn’t really felt any movement. And so Dr. Johnson took a look
with an ultrasound for me. And he said, “Well, you know, you better
get over to Penn C right away, there’s not much fluid and what not.” So he called over
and I said, “OK, OK.” So I went to my office, and that’s when I was really good
with my record keeping and I decided to finish all my paperwork because I was
going out on maturity leave. So I’m dictating and I’m writing notes, and
you know, “I’ll get there.” And Louise, shortly then Louise is standing in the doorway,
and she’s actually filling in the door. She said, “What are you doing?” And I
said, “Well, I’m just finishing up.” And she said, “I’ve arranged everything. Somebody else is on call,
you’re coming with me. I’m taking you to the hospital.” I’m like,
“You’re taking me to the hospital?” So there we were in her Honda Accord, she always
drove a Honda Accord, travelling across South Street on a Friday night that was busy. And Louise sat with me and waited with me
for almost three hours before Grace’s dad could get there. I’ll never forget that. We’re driving over, it’s a little crazy, and
she’s like, “I’m a little nervous, I’ve never done this, Holly.” So I said to Louise,
“You know, I’m nervous too.” Family comes in all shapes and sizes, and
CHOP was truly Louise’s family. Her patients were her children. So Grace, Lilly and Henry, I want to tell
you, my children, that since you were born, I am so much better at my job, it’s true. Knowing you informs almost
everything that I do. I do not want to disappoint you. I don’t want to make mistakes. I see your faces in all the
patients that I care for. I know what it feels like to have hopes, and
dreams, and anticipation regarding your children. And I have now experienced
CHOP from many, many different angles. I know that it’s a special place to train,
a special place to work, and above all, a very, very special place to
receive your medical care. And for that I am eternally grateful. Finally, I have learned the importance of
team at CHOP. To paraphrase Ron Bartek, who one of the FARA
founders and President of Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. “Acting alone, there is very little any
of us can accomplish. Acting together there is very little we will
not accomplish.” I think he capitalizes that “not.” What a lesson, I mean what
an incredible lesson. What incredible teams I’ve
been so privileged to be a part of. The general surgery team, the operating room
team, the clinic team, the neonatology team, the neo-surgery team, the Friedreich’s ataxia
team, the lab team, the fetal team. I think I’m repeating myself. The PHP team, and most of all the
Schnaufer team. The CHOP broach, everybody see it? Dr. Adzick ask me for this picture
four months ago. This really embodies that team. This broach was presented to me in-lieu of
the CHOP tie that some folks are wearing tonight, the year that I graduated from Children’s
Hospital as a fellow. It’s handmade, it’s personal, it’s a symbol
of all the things that CHOP makes possible. The hope that happens when people
work together to solve problems. Henry actually used to think that
that was me. But it’s actually folklore; it’s supposed
to be a patient, right?>>No one knows. She’s kind of got a 1950s hairdo I think. Anyway, I am really, really, so, so very,
very, very honored to be part of this legacy to the Louise Schnaufer Endowed
Chair in Pediatric Surgery. It’s an awesome responsibility that I will
promise to work hard to fulfill. We are so fortunate to be someplace that every
day has the potential for wonder and for miracles. Thank you.>>So that was all pretty neat. There’s a little bit more to the broach story. You know Holly was about to
graduate as a fellow. And most of the graduating fellows had been
male, and so it’s been easy to give them the tie that actually Ronota Rogers
and Jim O’Neal designed. And some folks are wearing it, it goes to
CHOP faculty and graduating fellows. So you know, I come home and I talk to Sandy,
and I go, “Holly’s graduating, I don’t think a tie’s gonna do it. What do you think about a scarf in the same
pattern?” She kind of goes, “Uh, no.” So she took the initiative to
have the broach finished. And then it occurred to me that Louise, who
was handing over h er practice to Holly, I could be assured that in 1957, when she finished
her training, she had not gotten any sort of gift. I have the feeling. So we had a broach made for
Louise too and presented it to her. So I’d like to thank you all for coming. There is still food and drink next door in
the cafeteria, and what a great event. Thanks for coming again.

2 thoughts on “CHOP Establishes Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery

  1. Dr Louise Schaufer performed my surgery at Johns Hopkins in February 1970. I remember her as a wonderful person and a great lady. I was a child so I didn't understand about being a surgeon was her bedside manner was wonderful!! She was so warm and caring during a scary time!!

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