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DR. CHRIS D., December 12, 2015. Beloved husband of Dr. Ellie. Loving father of Stephanie and Alexa. Emeritus Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Temple University and president of the Philadelphia Chapter of The American College of Surgeons. He was an accomplished surgeon and educator who had an illustrious career and touched the lives of many. He was a brilliant artist and designer. He truly was a wonderful person, wise and compassionate and a loving father and uncle.
His Funeral Service will be 12:00 Noon Tuesday, at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church, 35 N. Malin Rd Broomall, Pa 19008. Viewing one hour prior to service in the church. Interment, West Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Philadelphia Academy of Surgery to support The Dr. Chris D. Tzarnas Lectureship . P.O. Box 17314 Philadelphia, Pa 19105-1731

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Dec. 14, 2015.
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December 23, 2015
Ellie, Stephanie, and Alexa,

We had the privilege of knowing Chris both in his professional life as a brilliant surgeon, and personally, as a true citizen pif humanity. His teaching, caring and love will be carried forward by all of you, the patients he cared for, and the students, trainees and other healthcare workers he educated and who amplify his great work.

Darilyn Moyer and Scott Rosenberg
December 21, 2015
Ellie, I was shocked and am saddened by the news of Chris' death. He was a dear friend and though we would only meet occasionally these last years - whenever we did meet, it was like we had just seen each other the day before. He was truly a rare compassionate, sensitive and incredible human being. I am so grateful to have known. My prayers are with you and the girls.
Lois Carita
December 16, 2015
Ellie, Stephanie and Alexa -- my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa Glus
Lisa Glus
December 15, 2015
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December 15, 2015
I worked with Chris when he was a chief surgical resident at Presbyterian hospital. I was a nurse on P2 he was a great teacher and surgeon. Wonderful memories Condolences to the family on your loss
Evelyn McRae Bowlby
December 15, 2015
Dear Ellie,
What a shock! Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. I am out of town but otherwise would be there to give you a hug. Roz Souser
December 15, 2015
Ellie I express my sincere condolences to you and your family for the sudden loss of Chris
Denis Hadjiliadis
December 14, 2015
Our condolences to Dr Ellie,Stephanie and Alexa from Lazaros and Stavroula Nikolaidis
Stavroula Nikolaidis
December 14, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to the Tzarnas family. I worked for Dr. Tzarnas or Chris as he asked us to call him, for some 20 years. He not only mentored me and made me a better nurse, he taught me the value of pride in your work. He was a kind, gentle, genius in the plastic surgery community. I cannot believe he is gone so soon. Rest in peace Chris, you gave many a smile.Sincerely Cindy Shaiko-Maltese.
Cindy Shaiko-Maltese
December 14, 2015
Chris you will be dearly missed! Thanks for helping me realise my dream and for touching the lives of many patients residents and colleagues!
Johan Sandberg
December 14, 2015
Dr. Tzarnas was a very kind person. My prayers and thoughts are with Dr Kelepouris and her daughters.
Disha Narula
December 14, 2015
I am very saddened. He was a great surgeon and was very gentle and kind. We will all miss him. May his soul rest in peace. I pray for you, Ellie and your daughters.
Karthik Ranganna
December 14, 2015
As neighbors for 22 years, we always admired and respected Chris for his kindness, gentleness, friendship, hospitality, and occasional emergency medical treatments! We will miss him, but he will always be remembered fondly.

To Ellie, Stephanie, and Alexa, you can celebrate his wonderful life by bravely carrying on the way he would want you to.

The Cades (David, Susan, Alexandra, and Christiana)
David Cade
December 14, 2015
Ellie I wss saddened to learn of Chris' passing. He was a friend and colleague who will be in my prayers. John Gostigian
December 14, 2015
It was a pleasure working with Dr. Tzarnas. May he rest in peace. Betty Rogers - Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Betty Rogers
December 14, 2015
It was a pleasure working for Dr. Tzarnas for 17 years. He was a good Program Director for the Surgery Residency Program and Director of the Dept. of Surgery at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He knew his job well and was very dedicated to scholarly activity. He made it so easy to come to work everyday and do my job. Thank you so much for that Dr. Tzarnas. My condolences to you Ellie and your family.
Margie Carroll
December 14, 2015
Chris was a great surgeon and human being. I'll miss him immensely.
December 14, 2015
Not only was Chris (my nephew) a brilliant surgeon, but a loving, caring and all around beautiful person whose smile lit up your heart. Memory Eternal.
Alice Tiches
December 14, 2015
It was a pleasure to have known Dr. Tzarnas - a brilliant surgeon. Rest in peace Dr Tzarnas.
Dianne - Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Danne Palomba
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