In Memoriam

Richard H. Rothman, M.D.


Senior Advisor

Richard H. Rothman, M.D., Ph.D. received his Ph.D. Degree in Anatomy at Thomas Jefferson University in 1965. He has practiced Orthopaedic Surgery in Philadelphia since that time founding the Rothman Institute, which is one of the country’s largest academic orthopaedic departments and serves as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Thomas Jefferson University. Previously, he has been on the Board of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and also was a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and the Brandywine Museum.
In addition to his practice of orthopaedic surgery, he has also served as the Editor-in-Chief, and currently is Emeritus Editor of The Journal of Arthroplasty, which is the most widely read peer-reviewed journal dedicated to total joint replacement.  He has published more than 200 original research papers and over 15 orthopaedic textbooks encompassing spine and joint replacement surgery.
Among his notable achievements in the field of research was the development of the Accolade total hip system, which has become one of the most prominent and widely used hip systems in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Asia.  This artificial hip has been used in over 200,000 patients and helped restore them to active, independent lifestyles.  It has won large acceptance among the community of total joint replacement surgeons.
His business interest include founding and acting as Chairman of the Board of Specialty Care Network, a publicly held company now known as Healthgrades.  He serves as a member of several corporate boards.  He has served as an advisor for the Carlyle Group and currently is Senior Advisor to the Riverside Company.
He has been extremely active in undergraduate and graduate medical education continuing programs related to total joint replacement.  He has traveled and lectured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and particularly during recent years in Asia including extensive teaching assignments in China, India and Korea.