Rush names orthopedic building after longtime Rush physician and his wife — 4 insights


Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center renamed its orthopedic building the Sofija and Jorge O. Galante Orthopedic Building.

What you should know:

1. The university dedicated the orthopedic building Aug. 9.

2. The late Jorge Galante, MD, joined Rush in 1972, eventually serving as the first chairman of the orthopedic surgery department.

3. Dr. Galante made several significant contributions to joint surgery during his career. He notably established the Joan and Paul Rubschlager Motion Analysis Laboratory and developed a cementless alternative to joint replacement.

4. Dr. Galante married Sofija in 1963, and they remained together until her death in 2010. Ms. Galante was as committed to Rush as her husband, creating a support network for the surgeons.

"The naming and dedication of Rush's Orthopedic Building in honor of both my parents is incredibly meaningful to me and my entire family," said Charles Galante, the couple's son. "My father's life's work was enabled by Rush and, while his legacy and the institution of Rush will forever be linked, seeing their names on the building memorializes that link in a wonderfully powerful way."

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