Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr of Dorr Arthritis Institute in California

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |
In addition to providing more than 10,000 hip and knee replacements during his career, Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, founder and medical director of the Dorr Arthritis Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles founded the "Operation Walk," a national campaign promoting orthopedic surgery for underprivileged patients around the world.

Operation Walk has teams raising money in ten United States cities in which physicians collaborate with nurses and other support staff in order to provide full treatment for patients in 12 different countries, as well as community members who lack health insurance.

"In these situations, we have patients that are truly the most appreciative patients, which makes it very thrilling for all the people involved in the trip," Dr. Dorr told Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review. "We operate on people who otherwise would never have a chance for these operations. For them, it's like a miracle drops out of the sky."

Dr. Dorr was recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year in 2006 by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for his work with the Operation Walk. He is the past president of the Hip Society, the Knee Society and the American Association for Hip and Knee Surgeons. He is currently the only physician who is a member of all three organizations.

During his career, he has also designed several implants, including the Apollo knee replacement and APR hip replacement marketed by Sulzer Orthopedics (now Zimmer in Warsaw, Ind.). He is owner of TJO orthopedics with Aaron Hofmann to make hip and knee implants Dr. Dorr is a pioneer of the posterior minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery and has published several articles on the subject. His current research focuses on computer navigation and robotic guidance for hip replacement.

Dr. Dorr earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he is responsible for funding a chair of hip surgery in the department of orthopedics. He also founded the Dimensions Program at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, for pre-med and pre-health care worker students.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Tal S. David of Arthroscopy & Orthopedic Sports Medicine Associates in San Diego

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Craig Levitz of Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group in New York

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