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 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 9, 2003 |
Dr. James E. Nixon, 80, of West Philadelphia, who as a pioneer in arthroscopic surgery helped keep athletes on the field, dancers on their toes, and soldiers ready for duty, died of lung disease Monday at Pennsylvania Hospital. "Dr. Nixon was always 10 years ahead of other surgeons," said John Gregg, an orthopedic surgeon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "He was the first real sports-medicine specialist in the country. He bought the endoscope from a Japanese firm and pioneered arthroscopic surgery in the early '70s.
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.
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.
November 21, 2002 |
It could have been worse. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb could easily have come out of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with a much more serious injury than the broken ankle he suffered on the team's third offensive play. "He was lucky," said John D. Kelly 4th, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and vice chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Temple University Hospital. McNabb went on to play nearly the entire game with a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula.