of Dr. Battistini
is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the untimely
death of Dr. Michelle Battistini, who died earlier this morning
[September 5] in a motor vehicle accident.
was a 1983 graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. From
early in her career she was a remarkably dynamic, competent and
committed physician. I distinctly recall identifying her as a "star"
during residency interviews. Michelle chose to remain at MCP for
residency. My persistence in trying to recruit her eventually won
out, and she joined our faculty in 1994 to start a comprehensive
women's health program.
as Penn Health for Women, the fledgling program was one of the cornerstones
for the opening of Penn Medicine at Radnor. The multi-disciplinary
program quickly grew to become the largest initiative at Radnor
and a primary entry point for many women and their families into
our health system. Michelle's passion for the highest quality of
health care and service for women enabled her to recruit a fine
team of physicians and support staff. Her personal charisma and
reputation for menopause care led to an enormous demand from patients
for her services. Her program became the clinical arm of our NIH
Center of Excellence for Women's Health and a model that has been
emulated by others.
earned the Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician Award
in 1999 from UPHS; and the 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award from
the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO).
In addition to her commitments to clinical care and education, Michelle
had a growing national and international academic reputation as
an expert in menopause care. She most recently lectured to the Japanese
Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology on menopause management of
women who are survivors of breast cancer.
and her family lived in Northfield, NJ, a suburb of Atlantic City.
Her arduous commute was a testament to her commitment to her family
and her energy and commitment to her work and her patients. Her
family, her colleagues, and her patients are shocked by this terrible
tragedy and their loss. It is difficult to find words to express
our deepest sympathy to her husband, Gary and her two young children,
Jackie and Dominic. Michelle was also a deeply religious person,
who strived to integrate an element of spirituality into her day-to-day
life and her work. I am sure your prayers at this time will be appreciated.
T. Mennuti, M.D.,
Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 3, September 11, 2001
September 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 3