Dr. Dean Lorich was honored with the 2010 Roger E. Joseph Prize by Hebrew Union College for his humanitarian efforts in treating victims of the recent Haiti earthquake and in Landstuhl, Germany treating soldiers injured in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The award recognizes individuals making lasting contributions to the causes of human rights.
Dr. Lorich received the $10,000 prize at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, during Hebrew Union College's recent "Service of Investiture and Ordination," honoring the 2010 graduates being ordained as cantors and rabbis. The award was given to further Dr. Lorich's medical work in Haiti.
"I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award and to be considered amongst the same company as the past recipients," says Dr. Lorich, the associate director of the orthopedic trauma service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. "The award will help bring assistance to the people of Haiti, who must cope with the trauma of the earthquake for some time to come."
During his acceptance speech, Dr. Lorich spoke about his trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, along with 12 other physicians, surgeons and nurses, with the goal of helping the thousands of victims of the devastating earthquake. Dr. Lorich was accompanied by Dr. David Helfet, director of the orthopedic trauma service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Soumitra Eachempati, a trauma surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Lorich spoke about the team's selfless efforts and the "Civil War" medicine they practiced in the ruins of a Haitian hospital.
The team worked nonstop for many sleepless days and without the use of an anesthesiology machine, a reserve blood supply for transfusions, or oxygen tanks, among other modern instruments that are commonplace in operating rooms across the United States. During this time, he and his colleagues helped to save hundreds of lives by performing basic surgeries, radical limb amputations, and Caesarian section deliveries.
Dr. Lorich also spoke about his travels, in 2007, to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, where for over two weeks he helped the medical staff there treat American soldiers wounded from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke about the severe injuries he encountered, unlike what most doctors see in civilian medical practice.
Dr. Lorich, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, specializes in acute fracture care of upper and lower extremities. Dr. Lorich is actively involved in orthopaedic research, lecturing nationally and internationally. His areas of interest include hip, shoulder and ankle fractures, and geriatric fractures. Dr. Lorich published a study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma on the effects of long-term Fosamax use on bones. After completing his residency at The University Hospital of Pennsylvania in 1995, Dr. Lorich completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1996. Dr. Lorich was selected to be the prestigious Martin Allgower Traveling Trauma Fellow under Rheinhold Ganz, MD, in Bern, Switzerland.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center