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Memoir

Wadomar M Roeser
Regents' Proceedings 246

Waldomar M. Roeser, M.D., clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery in the Medical School, will retire from active faculty status on February 29, 2012.

Dr. Roeser received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1956 and 1960, respectively. He completed his general surgery internship (1960-61) and general surgery residency (1961-62) at the University of Michigan. In 1962, he entered the Army Medical Corps and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii (1965-68). During his army surgical career, Dr. Roeser was deployed to Germany and Vietnam where he was chief of professional services at the Third Surgical Hospital. In 1970, he was appointed chief of the Department of Surgery and chief of orthopaedic surgery at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas. He left the armed services in 1971 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and went into practice at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a clinical instructor. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1999 as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of MedSport.

Very early in his training, Dr. Roeser's talent was recognized with the Regents Alumni Scholar Award, the Moses Gomberg Scholar in Chemistry Award, and the Rollo E. McCotter Anatomy Award. He is widely regarded for his expertise in the area of sports medicine and, in particular, knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery. He has been the team physician for Eastern Michigan University since 1971, and was elected into the EMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He has lectured regionally and nationally on hand and knee injuries in athletes. His expertise has also been recognized by his appointment as a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and his appointment to the board of directors of The Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine. His teaching activity has been recognized by the residents who awarded him the Golden Scalpel resident clinical teaching award on two occasions (2001, 2005).

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Waldomar M. Roeser clinical assistant professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery.