By Emily Delzell
Orthopedic surgeon Raymond Pellicore, MD, died July 17, at age 97. His philosophy and compassionate approach to the treatment of people with limb loss and orthopedic problems lives on in the archives of the Digital Resource Foundation for Orthotics and Prosthetics (DRFOP), according to a release from DRFOP, a nonprofit based in Gainesville, FL. Its mission is to develop worldwide computer-based information resources and communication links for worldwide O&P community.
Pellicore was a Member Emeritus of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board for Certification (ABC). Following graduation from the Loyola School of Medicine in Illinois, he served in the US Navy from 1943-1946. He was clinic chief at the University of Illinois Amputee Program in Chicago (1957-1984), and was instrumental in developing the concept of interdisciplinary team management.
Pellicore and colleagues at UCLA Child Amputee Prosthetics Project (CAPP), New York University, and Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, were leaders in the care of juvenile amputees that evolved into the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC). Research from the thousands of patients cared for by these clinics led to consensus on the International Classification of Congenital Deficiencies accepted worldwide.