Department History

Harold Sofield, MD James Callhan, MD William M. Scholl, MD Wilton Bunch, MD, PhD Sidney Blair, MD

While the Loyola University Medical Center is a relatively young institution dating back to 1969, the Orthopaedic Residency Program began in the early part of the century with the founding of the medical school and its affiliation with Shriners Hospitals for Children and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Harold Sofield, MD was the founder and first director of the Hines-Shriners residency program from 1946-1956. In honor of the father of “Hines Program 50” the Sofield Alumni Association was established. This organization meets annually at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons convention. Each year the Sofield Traveling Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding graduate following completion of the residency program allowing that person to study under the auspices of specialists in approved programs in and out of the United States. Another pioneer of the Loyola Orthopaedic training program was James Callahan, MD. who held the position of Department Chairman from 1946-1972. Honoring his achievements is the annual Callahan Lecture. Each fall world-renown orthopaedic surgeons are invited to present selected topics to residents and attending staff.

In 1974, The Dr. William M. Scholl Professorial Chair was endowed by the Scholl Foundation. The first Dr. William M. Scholl Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Loyola University was Wilton Bunch, MD, PhD, a specialist in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, who chaired the department from 1975-1985. The immediate past chairman of Loyola’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation is Sidney J. Blair, MD. Dr. Blair, who specializes in hand surgery and rehabilitation, served as chairman from 1986-1991. He is recognized nationally as an expert in compression disorders of peripheral nerves and prevention of industrial hand injuries.

Currently holding the Dr. William M. Scholl Professorial Chair is Terry R. Light, MD. A specialist in hand surgery, Dr. Light is an attending surgeon at Loyola and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital as well as the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Light holds an ABOS Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery.

Dr. Light’s memberships in professional organizations include the Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (past president), the Orthopaedic Research Society, American Orthopaedic Association (current president) and the 21st Century Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Light is a Hand Consultant for the Chicago White Sox.