February 13, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - Richard C. Anderson II, MD, has been named director of Orthopedic Trauma in the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is also assistant professor of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).

"Dr. Anderson has proved himself to be a strong clinical leader as well as a dedicated surgeon," said Gerald G. Steinberg, MD, interim chair of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation for UMass Memorial and UMMS. "He instills confidence in patients and staff, and in his new role is committed to ensuring the highest level of care for our orthopedic trauma patients."

Anderson's interest in orthopedic trauma developed while working as an emergency medical technician before earning his medical degree at the Brown School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed an internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and received fellowship training in musculoskeletal trauma at Cornell University Medical College's Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Anderson joined the UMass Memorial clinical staff in 1999.

UMass Memorial runs one of the busiest trauma services in the state, and Anderson's appointment comes at a time when the institution is reinvesting in emergency and trauma care programs. "The goals of the Orthopedic Trauma Service are to provide comprehensive, specialty fracture care, medical education and research in orthopedic trauma," said Anderson. "Our service offers expertise in complex fractures, multiple fractures, fractures of the hip and pelvis and complication of fractures."

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $123 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000