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February 27, 1998
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Richard Stauffer, Head Orthopaedic Surgeon At Hopkins, Dies

Richard N. Stauffer, M.D., the Robert A. Robinson professor, chairman and director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Friday after a short illness. He was 59.

Stauffer, also orthopaedic surgeon-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins Hospital since March 1991, was considered an international authority for his research in the biomechanics of total joint replacements, joint motion and forces in walking, and the evaluation of patients with total joint replacements. His contributions in both clinical and research aspects of hip disease were recognized by his peers in the national Hip Society, who gave him the John Charnley Award for outstanding research in hip disease in 1988.

The Garrison, Md., resident served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and chaired that group's Committee on Research from 1981 to 1987. He also served as president of the Orthopaedic Research Society and on the executive committee of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Stauffer served on the editorial boards for the publications Archives of Surgery and Journal of Arthroplasty and was editor-in-chief for Atlas of Orthopaedic Surgical Exposure and Advances in Operative Orthopaedics. He also chaired a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on medical devices.

At Hopkins, Stauffer held an active role in the medical faculty leadership, serving as chairman of the medical staff for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a trustee for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also served on many committees, including the Executive Committee for Surgery and the Reengineering Steering Committee, and was instrumental in working with his colleagues to reorganize the governance of the Clinical Practice Association of the School of Medicine.

Stauffer was born in 1938 in Kearney, Neb., and raised in Hastings, Neb. He received his bachelor's degree from Hastings College in 1959 and his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, in 1963.

He completed his internship in surgery at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minn. He also served a two-year stint in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1967, in the middle of his residency.

Stauffer joined the faculty of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1970, as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. He later joined the Mayo Medical School and Clinic in 1972, where he spent 19 years, advancing from an instructor in orthopaedic surgery to a full professor. He joined Hopkins in March 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Betsy of San Francisco, Calif.; and two sons, Peter of Farmington, Minn., and Joseph of Bloomington, Minn.; his mother Joan of Hastings, Neb.; a brother, Daniel of San Francisco, Calif.; and one grandchild.

Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the Stauffer family requests that donations be sent to either the Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fund or the Pulmonary Medicine Fund for Dr. Peter Terry, c/o The Johns Hopkins University, Development Office, 601 N. Caroline St., #6260B, Baltimore, MD 21287-0881.

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