What is it about the daughters of Democratic politicians and Jewish men? Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter Karenna married Andrew Schiff, who is descended from a long line of German Jews. Bill and Hillary Clinton’s only daughter, Chelsea, married Philadelphian Jew Marc Mezvinsky in a ceremony presided over by a rabbi. Now, Vice President Joe Biden let it slip that his daughter Ashley has become engaged to Dr. Howard Krein, a Jewish otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia — and my doctor. At an event in Delaware on Friday, he kept gushing about “his future son-in-law.
Courtney O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for the vice president’s wife, Jill, would only confirm that the couple is engaged, but would not offer any details. She wrote in an e-mail, “The Biden family is thrilled.”
I have been a big fan of Joe Biden since I volunteered for and donated money to his doomed 1980 presidential campaign. You can imagine my happiness when I discovered that his daughter, who is a social worker, was marrying my doctor.
Krein grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., before attending Rutgers University, followed by Thomas Jefferson Medical College. He is part of a multi-physician practice that is attached to Jefferson Hospital. For those unfamiliar with Jefferson, their otolaryngology department is ranked nationally as the best by US News & World Report. Double board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Krein is co-director of the Herbert Kean Center for Facial Aesthetics. He is also an assistant professor at the medical school there.