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The Sonia Stupniker Isard Lecture Suicide: Our Patients & Ourselves

September 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join speaker/psychiatrist Dr. George Wohlreich, President & CEO of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, for this lecture.

There is increasing awareness of physician, medical student, and physician-in-training depression, burnout, and suicide. This talk discusses the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of suicide in patients and, especially, in physicians. Consideration is given to interventions to reduce this grievous and tragic phenomenon.

This very important lecture is now FREE to the public.

Event registration is non-refundable, but is transferable. Click here to Register.

About Sonia Stupniker Isard (September 7, 1909 ~ May 18, 2000)

The Sonia Stupniker Isard Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. Harold J. Isard (F’51) in honor o f his wife, Dr. Sonia Stupniker (F’73). The inaugural lecture was held in 1993.

Sonia Stupniker Isard was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to the United States from Palestine at age 13. She attended Girls High and Gratz College, and in 1934 graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, where she met and married her classmate, Dr. Harold J. Isard, who later became one of Philadelphia’s top radiologists. With firmness, humor, and professional excellence, she won a place in a discipline that accepted very few women in her time. Her great academic and professional success is even more impressive in light of the fact that she came to the United States without understanding the English language. Dr. Stupniker became a prominent physician associated with Albert Einstein Medical Center for more than 60 years. She specialized in allergies and pursued further study to become certified in the field, and later served as President of the Philadelphia Allergy Society. She maintained a private practice in allergy and immunology until her retirement in 1991. After retiring from practice, she continued to write for the Einstein staff newsletter, providing literary criticism, social commentary and lessons from her professional experiences.

A Fellow and strong supporter of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, she was also a Fellow of the American College of Allergists. Dr. Stupniker was a member of the American Academy of Allergy, the Pennsylvania Allergy Society, the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania State Medical Society and the Philadelphia Medical Society. She was a charter member and President of the Maimonides Society, for which she also served as editor of its journal. In 1993, she and Dr. Isard received the Physician Leadership Award from the Albert Einstein Society.

Light refreshments will be served. The Mütter Museum will not be open during this event.

Questions? Please email events@collegeofphysicians.org or call (215) 399-2342


September 26, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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