pioneerMaking a doctor takes longer than making a baby, but now, after several years of education, a Deerfield father and daughter are able to offer obstetrics and gynecological services from their joint Highland Park Obstetrics-Gynecology practice located in Northbrook.

Dr. Steven I. Valfer, a practicing obstetrics and gynecological physician for 30 years at Highland Park Hospital, is working with his daughter, Dr. Regan Valfer, in his practice now that she has completed her education at Loyola Medical School and four-year residency at Lutheran General Hospital. They have their own patients but also work together on occasion.

"We have a wonderful relationship," said Steven Valfer. "I've enjoyed it. We've done a couple of deliveries together."

Helping mothers give birth is an emotional and exciting experience, even for the attending physicians. The Valfers deliver babies at Lutheran General and Rush North Shore hospitals.

Rare partnership

Regan Valfer said it is not that unusual for parents and children to practice medicine together, although she was not aware of another daughter-father obstetrics partnership.

"Not a lot of fathers and daughters go into this," she said.

Regan Valfer grew up in Deerfield, attended Deerfield High School, went to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Loyola Medical School in 2003. Despite the years in college, it was not always a foregone option that she would go into medicine, she said. The quality of her education in Deerfield gave her many options, she said, but ultimately she was attracted to medicine and delivering babies specifically.

"I wouldn't be where I am today without the foundation I got with my local education," Regan Valfer said. Plus, "I think there are a lot of warm and caring individuals willing to help mentor and be supportive (in Deerfield)."

Regan Valfer enjoyed her math and science courses in high school. She also benefited by the fact the teachers broadened her horizons into other areas of study, especially with advanced placement courses in the social sciences such as history. It gave her a more diverse education, she said.

The original impetus, of course, came from her father.

"My father has always been an inspiration," she said.

She could see up close in their homelife how passionate he was about his work and care for patients. It made her want the same type of experience in her life. By working in medicine, she too found the same dedication to patients

"Obstetrics is a world of its own," she said. "It's a gift to work with people at such a wonderful time in their life. It's wonderful being in practice (now), but especially incredible working with my father."

She practices general obstetrics and gynecology, she said. This includes the areas of prenatal care, delivery of babies, post-partum care, routine gynecological care, work on infertility problems, help with menopause issues as well as preventive medical care.

She is now settling into what she expects to be the practice of medicine for many decades.

"It's what I look forward to," she said. "I love it."

firedeptOn November 4, 2011, Leonard Feldman, a 86 year-old resident of Highland Park, collapsed from an apparent heart attack while dining at a local Northbrook restaurant. Dr. Steven Valfer, a Northbrook doctor, was a patron of the restaurant and was the first to reach Mr. Feldman.  Dr. Valfer quickly determined that he was not breathing and had no pulse. Dr. Valfer began administering CPR, performing chest compressions to an unconscious Mr. Feldman, while other restaurant patrons called for emergency assistance.

Dr. Valfer continued administering chest compressions until Northbrook paramedics arrived to begin advanced life support treatment.  Paramedics hooked Mr. Feldman up to the cardiac monitor and defibrillator, and through the use of this equipment he regained a normal heart rhythm and pulse.  He began breathing on his own and was stabilized in the ambulance while being transported to Highland Park Hospital.  Mr. Feldman recovered and was released from the hospital a few days later.  Dr. Valfer’s quick thinking and efforts while awaiting a paramedic response certainly saved Mr. Feldman’s life.

Several anonymous citizens, in addition to Dr. Valfer, worked purposefully together to help Mr. Feldman.  They called 911, cleared the area for arriving emergency personnel, and guided the paramedics to the patient.  The combined efforts of the aforementioned citizens on November 4, 2011, are also recognized this evening.  Their combined quick thinking and appropriate actions helped to save Mr. Feldman's life.

Dr. Valfer has also been recognized by the American Heart Association with their “Heartsaver Hero Award” for his response and CPR efforts.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Northbrook, County of Cook and State of Illinois, THAT:

Section 1.

On behalf of the entire community, our highest praise and gratitude is hereby extended to Dr. Steven Valfer for his quick actions and unselfish efforts on November 4, 2011.



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