Nearly 200 physicians, medical referral professionals, rabbis and leaders of nonprofit organizations serving communities in the tri-state area and beyond gathered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on May 24, for “An Insiders’ Look at CHOP,” a special event in collaboration with Chai Lifeline.

Guests came from as far as Florida and Illinois to meet and hear from leading physicians and scientists who are pioneering surgical techniques and developing new treatments for childhood diseases at CHOP’s state-of-the-art facilities.

“For years, families in our community have relied on and benefitted from the world-renowned services and quality of care provided by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Chai Lifeline NJ/PA director Rabbi Sruli Fried, MSW. “CHOP has been an important partner for Chai Lifeline, playing a critical role in helping countless lives impacted by pediatric illness over the years. We are honored to partner with CHOP to keep our community informed and up to date on the latest advances in the world of pediatric medicine.”

Scientists welcomed attendees to their research labs and gave demonstrations of their cutting-edge developments. Participants explored CHOP’s world-renowned brain tumor lab and got a behind-the-scenes look at the latest research and breakthroughs in treatments and surgical techniques for brain tumors.

The event concluded with a meet-and-greet dessert reception, during which some participants had the opportunity to raise questions with dozens of CHOP physicians.

“Chai Lifeline has nearly four decades of experience in supporting families confronting all forms of pediatric illness,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “Over that time, we have built strong relationships with the top doctors and medical institutions in the country. We are proud to convene leaders in the worlds of medicine and the Jewish community to build bridges and share resources that will improve outcomes for our children and families.”

Nearly 200 physicians, medical referral professionals, rabbis and leaders of nonprofit organizations gathered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for “An Insiders’ Look at CHOP,” in collaboration with Chai Lifeline, on May 24, 2022. Credit: Courtesy.


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