The National Liberty Museum is proud to present the recipients of our first Healthcare Heroes Awards. They are featured in our new Healthcare Heroes Exhibit, which showcases the accomplishments of these outstanding healthcare professionals. Follow the organizational links in their stories below to learn how you can support their work.
Healthcare Hero in the field of Cancer
Dr. Phillip Storm
Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
In 2009, alongside fellow surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and other academics, Dr. Phillip Storm partnered with patients, foundations, and their families to launch the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A collaborative, multi-institutional research program, CBTTC is dedicated to the study and treatments of childhood brain tumors. It expands research efforts beyond surgery by providing a network of information and data applications dedicated to discovering cures. Over the past eight years, the CBTTC has created the world’s largest pediatric brain tumor repository of information, which is available to researchers worldwide at no charge. Dr. Storm’s groundbreaking work did not stop there. Building on the model of the CBTTC, he looked for ways to bridge discoveries between adult and pediatric cancer care. In 2017, he led the launch of the Philadelphia Coalition for a Cure (PC4C), a first-of-its-kind collaborative program focused on assessing, promoting and facilitating the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric patients with brain tumors and other cancers. Support Dr. Storm’s work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Healthcare Hero in the field of Crohn’s Disease
Dr. R. Balfour Sartor
Gastroenterologist at University of North Carolina School of Medicine,
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
A Crohn’s Disease patient himself, Dr. Balfour Sartor is a physician-scientist who has made breakthrough discoveries involving the role played by bacteria in the onset and progression of Crohn’s disease and colitis (together, known as inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD). Early in his career, when IBD was considered an autoimmune disorder, and despite widespread skepticism, Dr. Sartor hypothesized that gut bacteria must have some involvement in causing Crohn’s disease. Today, bacteria’s role in IBD is acknowledged worldwide, and Dr. Sartor’s research continues to unravel how the trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that inhabit the human gut act together through genetic and environmental triggers to promote these diseases. Dr. Sartor is a passionate advocate for supporting research to improve the health and quality of life of IBD patients. He is a compassionate and empathetic physician who has been listed among America’s Top Doctors 15 times. Support Dr. Sartor’s work at the UNC School of Medicine.
Community Healthcare Hero
Dr. Loretta Finnegan
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence
For the past four decades, Dr. Loretta Finnegan has dedicated her career to the field of drug dependence in underserved communities. She began her medical practice in a municipal hospital in Philadelphia, where she soon realized there were no services for opioid-addicted pregnant women. Recognizing that this was a growing epidemic, she developed a team of doctors, social workers, nurses, a nutritionist and a pharmacist to establish a treatment and research facility specifically for high-risk expectant mothers called The Family Center. It was there that she developed the Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Scoring System, an assessment tool for the treatment of babies born to opiate-dependent mothers, which is now used internationally. Dr Finnegan later joined our nation’s premiere research agency, the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Office of Research on Women’s Health, where her recommendations were shared with other clinicians and researchers. She is now the Executive Officer of the College on Problems of Dependence, the longest standing group in the United States addressing the issue of drug dependence and abuse. Support Dr. Finnegan’s work at The College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
Healthcare Hero of Israel
Dr. Michael Joel Bayme
Soroka University Medical Center
For nearly two decades, Dr. Michael Joel Bayme has honed his skills as a trauma surgeon at Soroka Medical Center, the sole major medical center for Israel’s southern region. Located just 20 miles from Gaza, where Israelis and Arabs have been battling for decades, it’s the first-line hospital to receive wounded soldiers by helicopter from both sides of the conflict. In addition, Dr. Bayme has pursued his career as a breast surgeon, delivering state-of-the-art treatments to the very complex and diverse population of the Negev, the desert region in southern Israel. Dr. Bayme was also an officer in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), serving on Naval ships during times of both peace and war. His commitment to excellence, ongoing innovation, and optimization in all aspects of his professional activities is an inspiration to his colleagues, students, and patients alike. Support Dr. Bayme’s work at the Soroka University Medical Center.
In honor of Black History Month, artist Serena Saunders will be highlighted in an hour-long virtual tour of the National Liberty Museum on Tuesday, February 23 at 5pm. The tour will explore the history of civil rights activism in art, protests, political movements, and more. Serena Saunders is a featured artist in the Philadelphia’s Freedom exhibition now on display at the NLM.
Click here to learn more and register for this event.
The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24. The ceremony honored 10 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators.
Learn their stories here. TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE 2021 AWARDS, CLICK HERE.