February 26, 2014 |
William J. Cassidy, 93, of Philadelphia, a former chief of orthopedic surgery at Northeastern Hospital, died Thursday, Feb. 20, of dementia at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. A Philadelphia native, Dr. Cassidy graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1938 and from St. Joseph's College with a bachelor's degree in 1942. He completed his medical degree at Temple University Medical School in 1945. He was a physician in the Navy Medical Corps during World War II. On release from active duty, Dr. Cassidy set up a family practice in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
February 17, 2013 |
James M. Hunter, 88, an orthopedic surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University and a pioneer and innovator in the field of hand surgery, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, of heart failure at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, Chester County. Dr. Hunter worked for about 50 years at Jefferson, where he treated many patients and trained more than 100 fellows in hand surgery. He was awarded the first fellowship in hand surgery at Columbia University in 1959. Dr. Hunter was an editor of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, now in its sixth edition.
October 26, 2014 |
When Trevor Johnson was 11, his growing spine took a detour from the normal straight path. Instead of stacking neatly one atop the other, his vertebrae began to drift sideways into an S-shape and his rib cage started torquing to the left. This spinal deformity, called idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, is common, affecting nearly 6 million Americans. In its early stages, the long-accepted approach is to wait and see whether the curve worsens. Trevor's parents had been down this road before and were not alarmed.
February 4, 1991 |
John J. Joyce, 76, of Glenside, a "workaholic" doctor who served as chief of orthopedic surgery at Germantown Hospital and Medical Center and helped teach his craft to doctors in underdeveloped countries, died at home Saturday of multiple myeloma, a form of bone-marrow cancer. Dr. Joyce had been retired from the practice of orthopedic surgery for four years. He also was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. In his long career, Dr. Joyce helped promote the use of arthroscopy, a technique commonly used for microscopic surgery on joints.
February 6, 2000 |
Dr. Irvin Stein, 93, a retired Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon who once served as chief of orthopedic surgery at Philadelphia General Hospital, died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 3 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Relatives said his death followed heart surgery last year. Dr. Stein had lived in Boca Raton, Fla., since the mid-1980s, when he last lived in Philadelphia. Born in Fayetteville, N.C., in 1906, he entered college at age 15. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, received medical training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and intern and resident training at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania.
January 17, 2003 |
Edgar L. Ralston, 91, who headed the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania for 17 years, died Monday of pulmonary failure at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford. Before moving to the Quadrangle, Dr. Ralston had been a longtime resident of Center City. During his tenure as department chief, from 1960 to 1977, Dr. Ralston established a research laboratory, expanded the residency program, and oversaw growth in the faculty and clinical program.
May 22, 2001 |
Hal E. Snedden, 78, of Penn Valley, an orthopedic surgeon who contributed to the professional status of Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation in Malvern, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Waverly Heights, a nursing and retirement center in Gladwyne. Dr. Snedden was chief of orthopedic surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital from 1973 to 1983, and it was during that period that he helped transform Bryn Mawr Rehab from a tuberculosis hospital to a center treating orthopedic ailments. Dr. Snedden's choice of orthopedics as his profession could be traced to his stint in the Army during World War II, when he was assigned to work in physical therapy among wounded servicemen.
February 7, 1991 |
The Centers for Disease Control is funding a $300,000 investigation of whether the use of surgical drills and other power tools on bones of AIDS patients could cause invisible AIDS-infected particles to be released into operating rooms, infecting health workers, CDC officials said yesterday. The CDC previously has said that the AIDS virus - HIV - cannot be spread through air - for example, through sneezes and coughs. The virus, the CDC says, can be spread through blood, and some surgeons have questioned whether large quantities of blood sprayed into the air during orthopedic surgery can create aerosols - or invisible particles of blood in the air - containing the deadly AIDS virus.