Remembering 5 orthopedic surgeons who have died in 2023


Five esteemed orthopedic surgeons have died in the first half of 2023, including the founder of Steadman Clinic and the former Baltimore Orioles head physician. 

Five orthopedic surgeons who have died in 2023: 

1. Charles Silberstein, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who served as the head physician for the Baltimore Orioles MLB team from 1978 to 2009, died at age 90. Dr. Silberstein began practicing orthopedic surgery in 1964 and was on staff at several Baltimore-based health facilities. 

2. Alfred Blue, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and team physician for the Seattle Thunderbirds, died. Dr. Blue had served as a team physician for Seattle hockey teams since 1963. Dr. Blue was also a practicing attorney specializing in medical legal cases.

3. Orthopedic surgeon John Sack, MD, an orthopedic replant specialist, died at 82. He completed more than 160 replant surgeries during his career. He logged the most hours on call in Seattle-based University of Washington's orthopedic department and trained 76 hand surgery fellows and hundreds of orthopedic residents. 

4. Malcolm Brahms, MD, orthopedic practice founder, founding member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, and former Cleveland Browns team surgeon, died at 103. He served as team surgeon for the Browns, a National Football League team, from 1965 to 1980. Dr. Brahms founded Brahms, Cohn and Leb Orthopedics in Beachwood, Ohio, which is still in operation today. 

5. J. Richard Steadman, MD, who founded the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., died at age 85. He founded the Steadman Clinic in 1990 and was chair emeritus. He was also co-chair of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, which he founded in 1988. 

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