Dr. Henry Mankin—Teacher, scientist, friend

By Peter Pollack

Some may know Henry J. Mankin, MD, as the recipient of the 2004 AAOS Diversity Award, or as the author of several hundred research papers and books such as his recent Pathophysiology of Orthopaedic Diseases. With an active career that spans more than five decades and continues to go strong, Dr. Mankin’s experience reflects the development of orthopaedic surgery as a profession.

“When I attended medical school, we really taught each other,” Dr. Mankin begins. “Our faculty occasionally taught us, but their major function in that setting was to take care of patients, and they really didn’t have any full-time faculty at Pitt. So we worked and we taught each other—we used to study together and we cared for each other. It was a very pleasant kind of life.

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