University of Minnesota orthopedic surgery department celebrates 50 years— a timeline of events

Written by Alan Condon | July 26, 2019 | Print  |

Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota's orthopedic surgery department is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Here is a timeline of major events:

1969: Orthopedic spine surgeon John Moe, MD, served as the first department chair until he retired in 1972.

1978: John Moe, MD, David Bradford, MD, Robert Winter, MD, and John Lonstein, MD, published Scoliosis and Other Spine Deformities.

1979: Jean Eelma, MD, was the first woman to be accepted into the residency program.

1981: Ramon Gustilo, MD, formed the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and established trauma as a subspecialty.

1984: A fellowship in sports medicine was established with Elizabeth Arendt, MD, as the first fellow.

1985: Elizabeth Arendt, MD, became the first woman to join the University of Minnesota orthopedic surgery staff.

1989: A pediatric orthopedics fellowship was formed by Steven Koop, MD, and Roby Thompson Jr., MD, with Deborah Quanbeck, MD, as the first fellow.

1991: A fellowship in hand surgery was created, led by James House, MD, and Matthew Putnam, MD. Mark Fischer, MD, was the first fellow.

1999: Ann Van Heest, MD, was appointed residency program director and expanded the residency program from six to eight residents per year.

2005: TRIA Orthopedic Center opened with the goal of improving student education and providing residents a place to conduct clinical outcomes research.

2008: Joan Bechtold, PhD, formed The Ramon Gustilo, MD, Endowed Professorship in Biomechanics Research in Orthopedic Surgery.

2017: The Sports and Orthopedics Walk-In Clinic opened, providing walk in care every day of the week.

2018: Elizabeth Arendt, MD became the first woman from the department of orthopedic surgery to receive a plaque on the medical school's wall of scholarship for receiving over 1,000 citations of her paper "Knee injury patterns among men and women in collegiate basketball and soccer."

2019: The department celebrated its 50th year anniversary.

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