Dr. William Smith served as director of the division until his departure in 1963. Dr. Carl R. Coleman was then appointed acting director of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Coleman served as acting director of the division until 1965, when Dr. Paul H. Curtiss, Jr. assumed the position of professor and director of the Division of Orthopaedics.
The residency program continued to grow and expand. In 1966, the resident appointments in orthopaedic surgery were increased from one resident to two residents per year. The length of the training program was also increased to four years in 1965. Orthopaedic research facilities were also established. A laboratory for the pursuit of orthopaedic studies was constructed in Ross Hall in 1966 and an orthopaedic library for resident and student use was equipped in 1967.
Faculty membership also continued to grow. In October, 1967, Dr. John B. Roberts, a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, joined the orthopaedic staff at the rank of assistant professor. Dr. Roberts has made many contributions to teaching and clinical programs. The division also began to grant clinical faculty appointments. Five former residents, Dr. Carl R. Coleman, Dr. Richard F. Slager, Dr. Melvin L. Olix, Dr. Richard M. Ward and Dr. Thomas L. Meyer became the first members of the clinical orthopaedic faculty after completion of their residency. Other additions to the clinical orthopaedic staff included Dr. John J. Bock in 1967 and Dr. Martin A. Torch in 1968. Dr. Torch completed his residency here in 1966. The dedicated assistance of the clinical staff remains an integral part of the functions of the Division of Orthopaedics.
The year 1970 marked another significant change in the structure of the residency program. During this year, the University Hospitals/Children’s Hospital program combined with the orthopaedic surgery residency program at White Cross Hospital. White Cross Hospital is known today at Riverside Methodist Hospital. OSU residents began rotating at Riverside at that time. Directors of orthopaedic education at both Riverside Hospital and Children’s Hospital were appointed to oversee the residents while at these hospitals. Dr. Carl Coleman served in this capacity at Riverside Hospital from 1970 until July, 2000, at which time he retired from his administrative duties. Louis Unverferth, MD, assumed this role in July, 2000. Dr. Martin Torch was appointed the position of director of orthopaedic education at Children’s Hospital. He currently still holds that position.