The Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery honored Dr. Patzakis at a tribute dinner at The Langham Huntington—for his 43 years of service to USC and 21 years as Chairman.
Excerpt from his biography:
Dr. Patzakis received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the Ohio State University, where he was president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national health pre-professional honor society. After completing his internship and orthopaedic residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in arthritis surgery at the University of Colorado and then joined the USC faculty. In 1991, he became Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the largest orthopaedic department in the United States at that time. Currently, he is also Chief of the Orthopaedic Service at the Keck Hospital of USC and holds the Vincent and Julia Meyer Chair.
Dr. Patzakis has been a principal investigator on 65 research studies made possible from more than 40 grants and gifts from private industry, foundations, and grateful patients. Dr. Patzakis has authored more than 160 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and has lectured throughout the United States and the world.
The evening was quite a party and a big reunion—a time of new and renewed friendships. It was an honor to be part of this tribute to an amazing mentor and friend.