In Memoriam: Leon Root, MD

Orthopedics This Week—October 13, 2015

Orthopedics This Week remembers Leon Root, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who provided care to HSS patients for 47 years. Dr. Root is a celebrated member of the HSS family. He was chief of pediatric orthopedics for 27 years, he created the first clinic in New York City for children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), and established the state's first Pediatric Orthopedic Outreach Program (POP) for underserved children."

Lou Shapiro, CEO of HSS, told OTW, "My memorable moment of Dr. Root was actually captured in a beautiful photo of Dr. Root surrounded by smiling children from a school in the Bronx in New York. Dr. Root and a team of residents, fellows, nurses and members of our Education staff had just conducted the HSS POP school screening. The moment and photo speak volumes about Dr. Root. He was truly an outstanding person and physician that embodied the overall mission of HSS—to serve and care for the community. It is who he was and how he lived."

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