Tucson Ortho Surgeon Offers Help to Local Patients in Need

Russell Cohen, MD, Tucson Orthopaedic Institute hip and knee surgeon, developed a program to provide free total joint replacement surgeries to local underserved patients with debilitating hip or knee arthritis.

This is the first program of its kind in Tucson and the idea came to Dr. Cohen because he has done similar programs in Vietnam and Haiti, with Operation Walk – a non-profit organization that sends volunteer surgeons to developing countries to perform joint replacements.

The first recipients of this program will take place September 29, 2012 – there will be six surgeries performed by Dr. Cohen, including two hip replacements and four knee replacements, and one of those will be performed by both Dr. Cohen and fellow Tucson Orthopaedic Institute surgeon, John Wild, Jr., MD.