Frank Kern grew up in Miami, Florida. An outstanding student, and active in multiple school organizations, he was nominated to attend West Point but chose to go to the University of Pennsylvania. There he was a member of the crew team, played various intramural sports and became an avid Phillies fan. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Frank began medical school at Duke University in Durham, NC where his love for college basketball was heightened.
Dr. Kern then went to Johns Hopkins to train as a dermatologist but his stay in Baltimore was interrupted by the Viet Nam war. Stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C., Dr. Kern served as both a dermatologist and obstetrician at the base hospital. Upon his return to Baltimore, he joined the full time academic staff at Hopkins Hospital where he conducted research and was the chief resident of the clinic. Because of his groundbreaking research on rare diseases of the skin, he was invited to international conferences in Europe, Australia and the Americas to present his findings.
In the 1950’s, while just a teen, Frank visited an uncle and his family who had recently moved to Brigantine. He instantly fell in love with the island and its natural beauty and dreamed of one day having a home here. This dream became a reality when he purchased his first home in 1979. Ten years later, Dr. Kern began practicing Dermatology in Brigantine. He has been a full time resident of Brigantine since 1991. He is a member of the Elks, Chamber of Commerce, and fundraising chair for Temple Beth Shalom in Brigantine.
“I recall fondly those years when my young sons entered the family dogs in the pet contests at summer festivals at the Presbyterian Church and our frequent visits to the Brigantine Castle. We enjoyed endless days on Brigantine’s magnificent beaches, followed by family dinners at the Pirate’s Den or the Diner with a stop for soft ice cream on the walk back home.”
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