Dr. Lawrence Rinsky retires from Stanford Medicine Children's Health


Lawrence Rinsky, MD, is retiring from a decades-long orthopedic career at Stanford (Calif.) Medicine Children's Health, the hospital said Sept. 10.

Dr. Rinsky began working with Stanford 52 years ago as a resident, according to a feature. He was hired as a faculty member of Stanford University's orthopedic department in 1976 and was chief pediatric surgeon for 30 years. He was also department chair at Stanford Medicine Children's Health for three years.

Dr. Rinsky helped grow the pediatric orthopedic specialty from three surgeons in the 1980s to 12 currently. He has expertise in scoliosis surgery and introduced a new technique at Stanford for segmental spinal instrumentation. Dr. Rinsky also brought in nerve monitoring during scoliosis surgery which improved patient safety.

"His incredible surgical skill is one of his biggest legacies," James Gamble, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Stanford Children's Health, said in the feature. "But how much he is cared for by his patients, students, colleagues, and family is his biggest legacy."

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