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Keck School recruits noted orthopaedic surgeon

Lawrence Dorr has served on the editorial boards of several prominent journals. (Photo/Bill Youngblood)

The Keck School of Medicine of USC has recruited Lawrence Dorr, an international leader in the field of joint replacement of the hip and knee, as clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Dorr’s pioneering research has been instrumental in the design of widely used orthopaedic implants, as well as small incisions and the use of robotic surgery for total hip replacement.

Jay Lieberman, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said Dorr has contributed significantly to advances in total joint replacement and the improvement of robotic surgery.

“He is an internationally renowned total joint replacement surgeon who has dedicated his whole career to optimizing the results of these procedures,” Lieberman said.

Dorr’s recruitment, Lieberman added, marks the beginning of an expansion of the department’s clinical expertise and capabilities in joint replacement, sports medicine and spine surgery.

“Physical activity is not only good for our bodies, but also our minds,” Dorr said. “People want to stay active and engaged as long as they possibly can, and I’m looking forward to being part of a growing team of professionals that can help them achieve that.”

Dorr has authored a book on surgical techniques and numerous journal articles. He is founding editor of The  Journal of Arthroplasty, former editor in chief of Techniques in Orthopaedics and a member of the editorial boards of other prominent journals. He also is the founder and past president of The Knee Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and past president of The Hip Society.

Dorr received his medical degree from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in orthopaedics and arthritis surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He completed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in the Medical Corps at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

He has been certified with The American Board of Orthopaedics Surgeons since 1978.

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