For Pearl, Tommy, and family.
Dr. Thomas F. Santilli, M.D. singlehandedly founded the Human Performance Laboratory at Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center with the assistance of less than 10 staff in a basement room of the main hospital. He moved the HPL to a separate standing building on the Medical Center campus in 1980. It expanded to a 40,000 square foot facility with a staff of more than 100 and more than 2,000 patients in 20 clinical programs by 1987. It has evolved to the Holy Redeemer Health and Fitness Center.
His brilliant leadership and the programs provided by his HPL set the standard for medical screening, patient stratification, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and related comorbid clinical conditions for Philadelphia and the Tri-State region. Papers prepared by him and his staff were presented at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Santilli developed principles that were included in important position papers and clinical practice guideline publications for cardiac rehabilitation and preventive medicine. That being said, he continued his medical practice as a gifted cardiologist. In doing so, he embodied the principles and demeanor of St. Luke, The Dear and Glorious Physician. He was a light in the forest and I will miss him greatly. May god bless and keep him. Bill Dr. William P. Marley, Ph.D., FACSM, FAACVPR, HAFL Director of Patient Care and Assistant to the Medical Director Human Performance Laboratory, 1980-1993