Dr. Lawrence Dorr: A Life in Orthropaedics

    ICJR joins the orthopaedic community in mourning the recent death of renowned joint replacement surgeon, Lawrence D. Dorr, MD.

    Dr. Dorr had retired from surgery earlier this year but had remained active in research and education. During his 40-year career, he performed nearly 16,000 hip and knee arthroplasties, and his classification of femoral bone types continues to be used to evaluate bone quality preoperatively.

    Dr. Dorr was a co-founder of the Knee Society and the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) with his mentor, Chitranjan Ranawat, MD. In 1996, Dr. Dorr founded the humanitarian organization Operation Walk, for which he later received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and AAHKS.

    Dr. Dorr was also the author of 2 books of medical fiction, Die Once Live Twice and Die Once Live Forever.

    In 2015, Dr. Dorr delivered the keynote address at the 3rd Annual ICJR West meeting in Napa, California, during which he reflected on his life in orthopaedics. Click the image above to hear what he had to say.