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Living a Vision of Hope and Health for Children

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kenneth Burton, M.D., who is being honored with a new endowed lecture series established by his son.

A new annual lecture series has been established at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) by one of its long-time faculty members. Richard Burton, M.D., senior associate dean of academic affairs, and professor of Orthopaedics, has sponsored a new lecture series to focus discussion on ways to improve the care of children suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.

While endowed lectures are not all that uncommon in academic medical centers, the impetus for this one is especially unique. It was named for Burton’s father, Kenneth Burton, M.D., who in turn was also the son of a physician. Kenneth Burton’s life embodied the American personality of quiet dedication and complete commitment to the care of others. A highly educated man despite economic disadvantages, he volunteered to help treat the wounded in WWII, ran an "old-fashioned” medical practice where he championed the treatment of care for children with musculoskeletal disorders – all the while remaining devoted to his family and community.

In recognition of his many accomplishments, his son has endowed an annual lecture series that will focus on his father’s passion to help improve the lives of children with musculoskeletal disorders.

Vernon T. Tolo, M.D., is the inaugural visiting professor for the first lecture, “Pediatric Bone and Joint Infections…from an Orthopaedist’s View,” to be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Whipple Auditorium. The second lecture, “The Evolution of Pediatric Fracture Care,” will take place the following day at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium. Tolo is professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, and director of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and past president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

The lecture series will be an annual URMC event featuring national leaders and experts in the field of pediatric orthopaedics, and is open to all faculty and staff. Eventually, Dr. Burton hopes that orthopaedic and pediatric residents will want to return annually to learn firsthand about the latest advances in children’s care.

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