Dr. Bohlman made lasting contributions to the field of spinal surgery, especially the cervical spine, through his innovations and refinements in anterior surgical techniques. He will also be remembered for inspiring and training spine surgery residents and fellows throughout the world who have gone on to make significant contributions to the field.


Published 7/1/2010

Remembering Dr. Bohlman

Internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of spine surgery, Henry H. Bohlman, MD, died May 27, 2010, at his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He was 72 years old.

Henry H. Bohlman, MD

Dr. Bohlman graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1964 and received his orthopaedic training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following a 2-year tour in the U.S. Air Force, he joined University Hospitals in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as an instructor in orthopaedic surgery. During his career he also served as chief of the acute spinal cord injury unit at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and most recently was professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the University Hospitals Spine Institute.

Among his many awards and accomplishments, Dr. Bohlman was a founding member and past president of the Cervical Spine Research Society, as well as an active member of the AAOS.