class of 1954
inducted in 1987
Founder of the Rothman Institute
A Cheltenham High School graduate in 1954, Richard Rothman
received his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1962 his M.D. degree from the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1965 he received a Ph.D. in
Anatomy at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Rothman has devoted his entire medical career to the specialty of orthopaedic surgery with a focus on replacement of the
human hip and knee. He currently serves as the James Edwards Professor and
Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Chief of Orthopaedic
Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital where he heads the Rothman Institute.
The Rothman Institute, which he founded in 1970, is a center for joint
replacement surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. Approximately 800 hip replacements,
800 total knee replacements and more than 400 spinal surgeries are performed
there each year. The center is also a center for orthopaedic
research and a major teaching facility. The Rothman Institute is credited
with having developed many advanced innovations in this highly specialized
area of orthopaedic surgery.
Rothman, considered by many to be one of the finest orthopaedic
surgeons in the world, is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Institute, and the Brandywine Museum. He is well published in his own field
with over 100 original publications and eleven textbooks to his credit.
Dr. Rothman lives in Center City Philadelphia with his wife, Marsha Van Syckle.