At 81, orthopedics pioneer Richard Rothman gives up surgery - but will never stop working

May 23rd, 2018

After 50 years in the operating room and as many as 50,000 knee and hip replacements, famed orthopedic surgeon Richard Rothman has finally decided to stop operating at age 81½.

Last Wednesday, he did his final five knee replacements. Then, he threw out the old Mephisto loafers he wore in the OR and gave up his keys to the OR office he shared with Alexander Vaccaro, president of the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, the huge orthopedic practice that Rothman founded.

Rothman kept his blue scrubs. “That’s my lounging outfit,” he said.

To read more about Dr. Rothman, click here.

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