The world lost a renowned healer, visionary innovator and businessman/entrepreneur, and the Forbes family lost a good friend when Dr. Richard Rothman died recently at age 81.
Dr. Rothman was a peerless surgeon, who, during the course of his 50-year career, dramatically changed the way doctors treat patients with deteriorating joints. When he began to focus on joint replacement, patients with bad hips essentially had two unacceptable options: get a walker or have surgery, which probably wouldn’t do much good. Dr. Rothman was a pioneer in modern joint-replacement surgery, including the invention of a total-hip-replacement system that’s become one of the most prominent and widely used systems in the world.
Starting with four employees and one office in 1970,
Dr. Rothman built a medical empire, the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, which today features some 200 physicians (including my son-in-law Dr. John Anderson) in nearly 40