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The Zadek Family Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery

School of Medicine

Zadek.IsadoreThe Zadek family relationship with Johns Hopkins began more than 100 years ago when ISADORE ZADEK entered the School of Medicine. He studied general surgery under Dr. William Halsted, before becoming the fourth resident in Hopkins’ Orthopaedic Program under Dr. William Baer (1915-1918). Dr. Zadek entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps, caring for the wounded on the Western Front until Armistice in 1918. Isadore returned to lead an orthopaedic service at The Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York and establish a private practice in Mt. Vernon, New York. His son, Robert, came to the Johns Hopkins School of Arts & Sciences receiving a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1950 and began Hopkins Medical School, which he completed in 1954. He spent a year as an intern at Duke Hospital and served as a Navy Medical Officer (1955-57). He returned to Baltimore to train under Dr. Mark Ravitch at City Hospital (1957-58) before entering the Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, which he completed in 1961. (This became the first of nine father-son Hopkins orthopaedic surgeon pairs in our history, which would later include Dr. Lee Riley Jr. and Dr. Lee Riley III.)

Zadek.BobDr. Zadek began a private practice in Baltimore with Dr. Robert Abrams, who was the Chief of Hopkins Pediatric Orthopaedic Service. At this time, there were only two full-time Orthopaedic faculty at Hopkins, Drs. Robinson and Settle. It was the community physicians, such as Drs. Zadek and Abrams, who served as Hopkins’ volunteer staff, training residents and caring for patients. Dr. Zadek later became Chief of Orthopaedics at Sinai Hospital (1968-1990) where he started and ran a resident education program. He also served as Chief of the Scoliosis Service at Kernan Hospital. Dr. Zadek is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the author of several studies on Paget’s disease and a book chapter “Orthopedic Management of the Child with Multiple Handicaps.” In 1999, when Dr. Zadek retired from medical practice, he became a volunteer tutor with Baltimore Reads, which he continued until its closing. Dr. Zadek’s wife of 62 years, Miriam, is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University’s NY School of Social Work. For 19 years, she was a social worker with the Hearing and Speech Agency of Baltimore and has served on their Board of Directors for 20 years.

Zadek FamilyThe Zadeks’ four daughters and their husbands, and each of their 11 grandchildren contributed philanthropically to the establishment of this endowed professorship. We are deeply grateful to Sarah and Jim Umberger, and their children Charlie Umberger and Sam Heron; Sue and Steve Mandel, and their children Ben, Kate, and Tom; Beth Zadek and Joph Steckel, and their children, Henry, Isabel, George, and Lily; and Barbara Zadek and Tom Moses, and their children, Molly and Matt.

Held by Lee Hunter Riley III

RileyLeeDr. LEE HUNTER RILEY III is Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery. He is Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Orthopaedic Spine Division. Dr. Riley is a recognized leader within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution serving on numerous University, Hospital, Clinical Practice Association and Departmental committees both as an active member and chairman. In addition to his extensive clinical, administrative and teaching commitments, Dr. Riley is an internationally known spine surgeon who has contributed substantially to the core knowledge of patient outcomes following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and to the emerging field of modifiable cognitive-behavioral factors that affect outcome following lumbar spine surgery. He has contributed significantly to program development for the Spine Division within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, founding the Spine Outcomes Research Center (SOURCE), expanding the spine fellowship and obtaining competitive educational extramural funding for the fellowship program. Dr. Riley is also an active leader as a committee and board member in numerous national and international Orthopaedic and Spine organizations.

Dr. Riley graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Russian from Haverford College. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University where he also completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency. After a year of research in spine biomechanics at the Free University of Berlin, Dr. Riley completed a clinical spine fellowship at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. He then joined the full-time faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin as an assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Recruited to the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an assistant professor in 1996, Dr. Riley became Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in 2003 and was Director of the Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship Program from 2003 to 2013.

After moving to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Riley developed an interest in outcomes research. He was principle investigator of a multi-center study coordinated at Johns Hopkins and sponsored by the Cervical Spine Research Society involving 23 sites nation-wide which furthered understanding of the factors affecting outcome and the methods necessary to assess outcome of patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Currently, he is studying the role of modifiable cognitive-behavioral factors on outcomes following elective spine surgery with SOURCE Director Dr. Richard Skolasky. Dr. Riley has further contributed to spine education through his books and monographs, including co-editing the Atlas of Surgery of the Spine, and co-authoring The Back Book.

Dr. Riley and his wife Kim are the devoted parents of Lauren and Tom.