Oscar H. Allis, M.D.

   H. Augustus Wilson M.D.

   James T. Rugh, M.D.

   James R. Martin, M.D.

   Anthony F. DePalma, M.D.

   John J. Gartland, M.D.

   Richard H. Rothman, M.D., Ph.D.
Richard Harrison Rothman, M.D., Ph.D. (1936-)
Sixth Chairman
Fifth James Edwards Professor (1986-)
Dr. Richard H. Rothman became Chairman of the Department on January 1, 1986. Born on December 1, 1936, in Philadelphia, he received his B.A. degree (History) at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. in its School of Medicine in 1962. After internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital (1963), he took his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson under Dr. Anthony F. DePalma (1963-1968) and also received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Jefferson in 1965. He became a member of the Attending Staff of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and in 1970 was appointed Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital. On the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he rose to Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1979. At the Pennsylvania Hospital, the Rothman Institute was named in his honor in 1984.

Dr. Rothman brought to Jefferson an impressive experience in administration: Director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory of Jefferson Medical College (1969-1970); Vice President of the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society (1973); Executive Committee, International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine (1974-1976); President, Jefferson Orthopaedic Society (1976); President, Jefferson Cervical Research Society (1977); Board of Directors of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Examiner, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; President, Professional Staff of Pennsylvania Hospital (1986); Board Member, Annenberg Institute; Overseer, College of Arts and Sciences of University of Pennsylvania; and Associate Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to memberships in the important societies of his specialty, editorial positions on two journals, and 24 Visiting Professorships, he wrote more than 100 scientific articles and published nine textbooks in orthopaedic subjects. Dr. Rothman's basic research training and experience were in the study of degenerative changes in connective tissue. He studied the relationship of these changes to blood flow in bone, tendon, and articular cartilage with aging and osteoarthritis. In the realm of clinical research his major emphasis has been on the study of degenerative diseases of the spine, hip, and knee. On assuming the Chairmanship, Dr. Rothman envisioned his task as one of enriching the Department in terms of its clinical leadership and research productivity. Research both in the basic and clinical realm was an early high order of priority.

The program was modified to expect each Resident and Fellow to be responsible for two major clinical research projects during his or her tenure with the Department that would culminate with manuscripts adequate in quality to be published in national peer review journals. Within two years this was effectively implemented, and 14 original papers were submitted for presentation at the 1988 American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Annual Meeting.

Rothman instituted increased thrust in fundamental research related to the skeletal system. A team was recruited headed by Rocky Tuan, Ph.D., who was appointed as Director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories. Dr. Tuan, educated at Rockefeller University, is a nationally recognized investigator in cellular biology with emphasis on the development of the skeletal system and chondrogenesis. He heads a team of five Ph.D. investigators including biochemists and anatomists. His role is not only the development of research related to the skeletal system but education of the Residents and Fellows in terms of contemporary research techniques and to serve as support function to those clinical staff members who wish to participate in fundamental research. His laboratories, funded by Thomas Jefferson University, are modern, 7,000-square-foot facilities on the fifth floor of the Curtis Clinic. His research has attracted substantial ongoing funding from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health.

In terms of clinical development, a variety of new resources were brought to the Department to establish regional and national prominence in patient care. First, a partnership was established with the Rothman Institute at Pennsylvania Hospital that immediately brought to the Department the largest unit for hip and knee replacement in the region. Dr. Robert E. Booth, Jr. serves as Chief of the Rothman Institute and is an accomplished surgeon and investigator in the area of total knee replacement. The number of implants performed annually at this Institute approximates 1,000. The Institute also has as one of its key members Dr. Richard Balderston, who heads the Department's Division of Adult Spinal Deformity and acts as Director of Resident Education. Dr. Balderston is acknowledged as an area leader in this complex area of surgical reconstruction.

Dr. Peter Pizzutillo was recruited as Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery from the Alfred I. DuPont Institute. He has strengthened the Department's Pediatric Division and has built an increasingly strong and sound research and educational program in this area. Dr. Keith Wapner was recruited as a member of the full-time faculty to develop and head the new Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery. This is the first regional resource geared specifically for reconstruction of the foot and ankle. There has been a geometric growth in the activity of this Division, which is now seen as a unique resource of the University's educational program. Dr. Phillip Marone, a longtime member of the Professorial Staff of the Department, has recently been appointed as Director of the new Sports Medicine Program. This program, housed in the Edison Building, is yet another important facet of the patient care and educational program of the Department. Dr. Marone plans to coordinate the faculty members engaged in the varied practice of sports medicine and to develop several cooperative interinstitutional programs of research and education in this field.

Dr. Jerome Cotler was appointed in 1987 as Director of Orthopaedic Surgery for the University Hospital. He thereby assumed responsibility for the management of the Hospital Unit as well as serving as Co-Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit. His energy and effective management have led to a doubling of the clinical activities between the years 1986 and 1988.

Dr. Rothman sees as his assignment the continued development of the research activities, teaching programs, and clinical patient care within the Department. It is anticipated that under his direction the necessary human resources, financial support, and energies can be brought to the Department to raise each of these areas of activity to increased national prominence.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.