Victor M. Goldberg, MD

AAOS Now

Published 4/1/2015
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S. Terry Canale, MD

Remembering Victor M. Goldberg, MD

Since the very first issue of AAOS Now, Victor M. Goldberg, MD, has been an integral part of this publication. He never missed an editorial board meeting, and he always came with great ideas for articles focused on the research aspects of orthopaedics that he loved.

Dr. Goldberg received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate; he did his residency in orthopaedics at University Hospitals of Cleveland (Ohio), and completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City. After spending time at the Clinical Research Center, in Harrow, Middlesex, England, studying the immunology of transplantation, Dr. Goldberg returned to Cleveland, where he served as a consultant to the Veterans Administration Hospital and on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

His research on bone grafts and allotransplantation earned him the Kappa Delta Award; he served the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a member of the NIH Study Sections on musculoskeletal studies and research training and career awards, the NIH National Arthritis Advisory Board, and the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council. He was the recipient of the Orthopaedic Research Society/Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award.

Dr. Goldberg was a great believer in the importance of orthopaedic research and a supportive instructor of his residents and researchers. “I’ve been in orthopaedics for nearly 50 years, and it’s been an incredible life,” he once said. “I’ve done what I love to do, and I understand the importance of the future. I understand that discoveries won’t happen tomorrow.”

But it was his humanity that will be remembered by all who knew him. He was a warm and caring physician who had a tremendous influence on those who worked with him. He was wise and compassionate, bringing a breadth of knowledge to all our editorial board meetings. His presence and contributions will be sorely missed.

S. Terry Canale, MD, is the past editor-in-chief of AAOS Now.