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Remembering Dr. David Major

David major MD primary care doctor in philadelphia.It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that we share the loss of our founding partner Dr. David Major.

David Alan Major, MD. 84, died peacefully at home on September 9, 2023. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, a calm, patient and thoughtful man, and a respected physician devoted to patient care. He practiced medicine in Philadelphia for 51 years until his retirement in December 2021 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  During his professional career, he was a Professor and Director of Teaching in the Department of Medicine and co-founder of the Physician Assistant Program at Hahnemann University, the first of its kind in Philadelphia.  He was also a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a founder of Ninth Street Internal Medicine.

His passions were family, medicine and sports. He played basketball into his ‘60s, skied, roller-bladed, ice skated, biked, swam, and played tennis and squash. Though widely traveled, he was happiest at the shore. He was born and raised in Atlantic City, was a beach doctor, walked and biked the boardwalk and celebrated birthdays by body surfing with his girls.  He is remembered by an adoring family of women, including his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Eskin, his daughters Jill HaLevi (Andrew), Jane Thompson (Glenn), and Lynn Major (Robert Leventon) and granddaughters Noa (Chaiel Schaffel) and Mira HaLevi, Valerie Thompson, Marly and Sebina Leventon, and sister Maxine Field.  He will be greatly and deeply missed.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to Doctors without Borders, ASH, HIAS, or PILCOP would be appreciated.

For any of our patients who would like to share thoughts or memories of Dr. Major, you may do so by clicking here and we will pass them onto his family.

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Announcing Dr. David Major’s Retirement

January 7, 2022

Dear Patients,

When I started to practice medicine 54 years ago, I believed that seeing and helping people with common and rare diseases would be theDavid A. Major, MD driving force in my career. I was wrong. Seeing and knowing people is what stimulated my longevity in medical practice. All of you are unique individuals and knowing you as individuals has been my driving force. It has been my pleasure to know and care for you.

My last sick day was in 1971 but no one is invincible. I have been having serial MRI scans for 3 years following a spot in my kidney which is unchanged and appears to be benign. But 2 weeks ago, the scan revealed a tumor in my pancreas. I am completing my evaluation next week and will begin whatever treatment is indicated.  Therefore, I am announcing my official retirement on January 7, 2022, so I can focus on my health.

Ninth Street Internal Medicine is hiring a new physician to take my place. In the interim period, my wonderful physician and nurse practitioner colleagues at the practice are ready to help you with any medical concerns, including follow-up or urgent in-office or telehealth visits, phone calls, after office hour care, prescription refills, lab orders, and test results. If you currently have a future appointment scheduled with me, the office staff will be reaching out to you in the next several weeks to reschedule your appointment.

I do want to thank all of you for enriching my life, and I will treasure my memories of these many years of our relationships.


David Major, M.D.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the office is changing how we provide medical care to our patients during this difficult time.

We are here to handle your chronic medical problems as well as urgent conditions which may arise, whether related to the current pandemic or not. We do not want you to postpone care for your chronic medical conditions.

If you have an upcoming follow up visit or physical already scheduled, we will not be seeing you in the office. Instead your visit will be conducted by a video-enabled virtual visit or by phone if you do not have computer or smart phone capabilities. Please reserve that time so that your provider can reach you for a virtual visit. Someone from NSIM will call you one to two days prior to assist in setting this up and to review your medications, and any preventive medical needs.

See other documents on this web page to find instructions for downloading the Healow app on your smart phone. The Healow app is a great resource and is the easiest way for you to do a video visit, and message your provider.

We will be billing your insurance company for any time the provider spends with you whether video visit, phone call or web message. There will be no cost to you for copays.

If you have an urgent problem, please call us and a provider will call you back to help you. If we feel that you need to be seen in the office, we have a limited number of providers who are seeing patients in the office by scheduled appointment starting 8am to 1:30pm Monday thru Friday for non-respiratory issues.

We will not have walk in hours – please call the office first.

If you have any respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, or nasal congestion, please call us and a provider will evaluate you over the phone and determine your need for an office visit or testing. All visits for respiratory illnesses will take place in a heated tent in the parking lot behind our building and are by appointment only.

At times of communal stress like this, reaching out to friends and family with encouragement and support helps both the giver and the receiver. We need to stay connected!


Coronavirus Update

In an effort to prevent seasonal viral infections, including COVID-19 (Coronavirus), in our community, Ninth Street Internal Medicine is requesting that if you are experiencing symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fever, please call the office immediately at (215) 440-8681. We have special appointment times available for patients with these symptoms to minimize the risk of exposure for the rest of our patients.

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Coronavirus fact sheet

Coronavirus fact sheet if you are sick