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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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age 68, of Penn Valley, PA, died June 7, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. Ellen Celia Maitin was born May 7, 1951 in Cambridge, MA at Mount Auburn Hospital to Irving and Jeanette Maitin. She lived in Cambridge until age 2 when she moved to Meadowbrook, PA where she was raised and attended Abington High School. She initially attended Clark University in Worcester, MA and then transferred and graduated from Beaver (now Arcadia) University. She attended medical school at Stonybrook University, spent a transition year at the University of Iowa and then completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a one-year fellowship in hand and microsurgery with Dr. William Bora at University of Pennsylvania. She went on to become the chief of hand surgery at MCP and then later left to start private practice at Jeanes Hospital. Before her illness she was an employee of OSRA in Philadelphia for over 25 years. Ellen was beloved by her patients and the staff at work and she was passionate about delivering top notch care. When not at work, she enjoyed interior design, beautiful artwork and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Dr. David Behar, three daughters and son-in-law's, Dr. Brittany Behar and Nicholas Morelli, Courtney and Andrew Kaplin, and Danielle Behar and Dr. Casey Anderson; and by her sister and brother in law, Karin and Gary Schnoll and brother and sister in law, Dr. Roger Behar and Ann Behar. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Gail Maitin. A memorial service will be held in her honor at Abington Art Center in Jenkintown PA on June 23rd from 10:30–1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in Ellen's honor to either the National Kidney Foundation or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Dr Matin was my Dr for over 20 years starting when we were both much younger and every couple of years or so as i was playing soccer she would help me back into the game . she always knew what have i done to myself and would fix it sometimes with a shot without dragging the visits putting me back to work for which i would be always grateful to her . Rest in peace my good Dr . You have done your share of helping people alright

She cared deeply about her patients and made every effort to help them. She helped me through such a difficult time, I am truly grateful she was my doctor. I am really going to miss her, she was just such a great person. I send my condolences to her family.

I was a patient of dr Martin. She was a great dr. And a wonderful human being. She will be missed very much. Roger & dolores t

I had the pleasure of working with Dr Maitin at Medical College of Pennsylvania. A wonderful lady, always gracious to co-workers and an excellent surgeon. My condolences to her loved ones. May memories of happy times be a blessing.

She was on of the nicest people I ever met! She helped me when I needed it with my back pain.....Ill never forget her!

Learning of this devastating news today 6/16/2020! I am saddened to say the least as she treated me and my family for years. My deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones. I only learned of this as I have not seen her since 2018 and am having issues so I thought I would make an appt. with the one person who could always help me. She will be so missed not only as my Dr. but as a wonderful person. We had many, many conversations on life itself.

Ellen treated four generations of my family. We loved and trusted her. She was an excelllent doctor with a tough exterior and sweet soul. I will miss her. Each time I called her office with an emergency or a pain, I could hear Ellen saying, "Tell her to come over." Wonderful doctor and wonderful person. She is missed.
Arline Morris Balaban

My very belated condolences to Dr. Maitin's family. I only found out today, and am so sad. She was a wonderful doctor who treated my family for 20 plus years. RIP.

I learned of Dr. Maitin's passing just today, and I am heartbroken. I remember observing her operate when I was a medical student at MCP. She was an excellent surgeon. I send my sincere condolences to her family and friends. God bless.