March 19, 2010
La Salle University Honors Alumnus
William J. Markmann, M.D.,
with its Leadership Award
William J. Markmann, M.D. (right), a La Salle University 1970 alumnus and trustee, receives La Salle University’s Leadership Award from Br. Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., the University’s President. The annual award is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the corporate, civic, governmental, or religious communities that shapes the quality of life in the region.
William J. Markmann, M.D., a La Salle University 1970 alumnus and trustee, was honored on March 20 by his alma mater at its annual Charter Dinner Celebration with its Leadership Award, given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the corporate, civic, governmental, or religious communities that shapes the quality of life in the region.
Markmann is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and is President of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Associates, P.C. He is also affiliated with Holy Redeemer Hospital and Jeanes Hospital. He is past president of the Philadelphia Orthopedic Society and a former member of the Executive Board for the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society.
“When I came to La Salle, I didn’t know what to do with my life. I asked what the best programs were, and I was told accounting and pre-med. My father was chair of the Accounting Department, so I chose pre-med,” said Markmann. He added that his mother being a nurse was also a factor in his deciding on a career in medicine.
Markmann’s father, Joseph, was a member of La Salle’s faculty for 40 years and was instrumental in the growth of the department.
“My father was an example to us all about what was important in life, and what was important for education, and being involved in giving back,” said Markmann. “Basically, in my mind, receiving the leadership award is a reflection of my father.”
After graduating from La Salle with a degree in biology, Markmann entered Temple University’s School of Medicine with the idea of becoming a pediatrician, but, he said, “I met a physician named John Lachman, who was chair of Orthopedics at Temple, and I decided I wanted to be like him. I found my mentor. He was very intelligent, committed to taking care of patients. He used his talents to help people.”
Taking care of people was a key lesson for Markmann, and he believes that medicine has lost that focus.
“I believe in patient-centric care, and I believe much of medicine has gone toward big business, with health-care agencies and insurance companies calling the shots, with the bottom line in mind and not what’s best for patients,” said Markmann. “Medicine is about taking care of people and ensuring affordable, accessible quality care.”
Markmann and his wife Candy (who is an adjunct faculty member in La Salle’s History Department) have five children; three graduated from La Salle and two followed their father into the healthcare field: Denise is a pediatrician, and Joseph is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Policy with a focus on health economics.
Markmann has six siblings: two are doctors; three are nurses, and one, a brother, who followed his father into accounting. Markmann’s three brothers also graduated from La Salle, which was an all-male school at the time.
Markmann became a member of La Salle’s Board of Trustees in 2005. In 1992, he received the University’s Holroyd Award, given to an alumnus who makes a significant contribution to medicine.
The award ceremony was held at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pa. Proceeds from the event will benefit La Salle’s scholarship fund.