Rothman Orthopaedic Institute founder on the cusp of 80 and still in the OR

December 1st, 2016

At 8:30 a.m., orthopedic surgeon Richard Rothman was scrubbed and shrouded in protective blue paper in a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital operating room, poised to give Gail Cunningham her second replacement hip.

She was in very experienced hands. It was, roughly, Rothman's 12,500th hip replacement since he did the first in Philadelphia in 1970. Rothman, who turns 80 on Dec. 2, estimates he's done another 12,500 knees.

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