News & Updates

Back to All News

Barbara Brodsky establishes Chief of Surgery Chair at Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center December 1, 2016 News Releases

On Thursday evening, November 10, 2016, Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, celebrated the establishment of the Barbara Brodsky Chief of Surgery Chair at Lankenau Medical Center, established by Mrs. Barbara “Bobbi” Brodsky. The first incumbent chairholder is Ned Z. Carp, MD, FACS, chief of surgery at Lankenau and vice chair of surgery, Clinical Operations, Main Line Health.

The Brodsky Chair, Lankenau’s ninth endowed chair, was made through the combination of a $1 million gift from Mrs. Brodsky, leading Lankenau benefactor, that was matched by a $1 million grant from the Lankenau Medical Center Foundation through its $1 million+ matching initiative. An endowed chair is established through a special philanthropic gift to the institution and provides invaluable ongoing support for the holder’s research, teaching, or service activities, and helps attract and retain superior staff by offering them the opportunity to advance knowledge in their specialty, which ultimately enhances patient care. Named by the donor, the chair is established in perpetuity.

Bobbi Brodsky, along with her late husband, Harvey, has a long and illustrious history with Lankenau. This dates back to Harvey’s late parents, Eva and David Brodsky. More recently Bobbi and Harvey’s daughter, the late Lori Brodsky, was an esteemed and devoted volunteer at Lankenau, affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Lankenau.” With remarkable spirit of goodwill and gratitude, Harvey and Bobbi made Lankenau beneficiary of their exceptional philanthropy. Lankenau is privileged to be among many local, national and international entities honored by the charitable support of Bobbi Brodsky.

“The impact of Bobbi’s generosity to Lankenau’s mission to deliver excellence in clinical care, research, and education is far reaching,” said Lankenau President Phillip D. Robinson, FACHE. “Examples of Bobbi’s largesse include million dollar gifts to create the Brodsky Bridge skywalk connector in the new Heart Pavilion and the magnificent Barbara Brodsky Suites—eight concierge-style inpatient rooms, where patients’ friends and family find added comfort in luxurious accommodations.”

Brodsky has extended this patronage to Lankenau’s cardiovascular research and initiatives in the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research including cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and movement disorders. In 2010, Bobbi created a $500,000 endowment—the Barbara Brodsky Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology—a gift made in honor of Lankenau Electrophysiology physician, Dr. Peter R. Kowey.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
Office: 484.580.1025
Cell: 484.222.9154