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Campaign launched for new Colorectal Center of Excellence at Lankenau Medical Center Legacy Celebration

Lankenau Medical Center September 16, 2015 News Releases

Gerald J. Marks, MD, Renowned Colorectal Surgeon, Honored

Pictured at the event are (from left) Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau
Medical Center; Sir Alfred Cuschieri, MD, professor of Surgery, Scuola
Sant-Anna, Pisa, Italy; John Marks, MD, chief, Colorectal Surgery,
Lankenau Medical Center, son of Dr. Gerald Marks; and Dr. Gerald Marks.

(Wynnewood, PA)Lankenau Medical Center (LMC), part of Main Line Health (MLH), hosted a legacy celebration at the Academy of Natural Sciences on September 10, 2015 to launch the campaign to endow Lankenau Medical Center’s new Colorectal Center of Excellence, while honoring Gerald J. Marks, MD a world-renowned, pioneering colorectal surgeon, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. As a distinguished surgeon in the field of colorectal surgery, Dr. Marks has pioneered techniques and procedures in colorectal cancer management that have dramatically improved the lives of patients. His contributions to the field have helped influence standards of care across the globe.

The new Colorectal Center of Excellence at Lankenau Medical Center will serve as destination for superior colorectal care and as an epicenter for scientists and clinicians to exchange ideas to solve the most demanding problems in the struggle to prevent, treat, and manage colorectal cancer through active clinical research. John H. Marks, MD, Section Chief of Colorectal Surgery for Lankenau Medical Center and Main Line Health, and son of Dr. Gerald Marks, will serve as the Director of the Center. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. John Marks has become an internationally renowned colorectal surgeon. He has revolutionized colorectal surgery with his innovative and minimally invasive sphincter-sparing techniques, which have allowed patients from around the world to undergo curative colorectal cancer surgery without the need for a colostomy bag—greatly improving their quality of life.

Patients travel to Lankenau from all over the world for colorectal surgical care that has been perfected by this father-son team. Their breakthroughs in colorectal cancer management serve as a best practice for their international colleagues, many of whom were in attendance at the celebration, which was held in conjunction with an International Rectal Cancer Conference at LMC earlier that day. The event was attended by physicians from four continents and 15 countries. For instance, Sir Alfred Cuschieri, MD, professor of Surgery, Scuola Sant-Anna, Pisa, Italy and chief scientific advisor to the Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT), attended along with grateful patients, physician colleagues, protégés and leaders from Lankenau Medical Center and across Main Line Health.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.


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