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June 2003


Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(6):610. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.6.610

I FIRST MET Tom Heller when our young children played together. I later learned he was the medical director of the Pike Market Clinic in Seattle. His clinic provided essential medical and social services to an amazingly diverse set of patients including many of our city's too numerous homeless. The patients ranged from runaway kids to the lost elderly, from the handicapped to the disoriented. Tom immersed himself in the human stories of his patients as well as their medical problems. His father was a survivor of the Holocaust and these family memories left him with an abiding interest in the lost and abandoned and their life histories. He would call me occasionally when one of his special patients needed facial plastic surgery.