(DALLAS – January 27, 2012) – Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) today announced new appointments to its senior medical and management staff, and plans to form a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Foundation.
“The hospital remains focused on our mission to improve the lives of the children we treat,” said Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., TSRHC Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We have significant opportunities emerging from both the hospital’s leadership in pediatric orthopaedics and the changes occurring in the overall U.S. health care industry. These appointments draw upon the strength of both our long-term hospital leaders and the next generation of leaders developed within the hospital. This depth and continuity of management is one of the hospital’s most valued assets.”
J.A. “Tony” Herring, M.D., TSRHC orthopaedic surgeon and Chief of Staff for the past 34 years, assumes the new title Chief of Staff Emeritus and will continue to work closely with the TSRHC medical leadership team, while maintaining his pediatric orthopaedic services to patients. Daniel “Dan” J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC orthopaedic surgeon and Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research, is named Chief of Staff and will lead the hospital’s medical team. Joining Drs. Herring and Sucato on the TSRHC medical leadership team is B. Stephens “Steve” Richards, M.D., TSRHC orthopaedic surgeon, Assistant Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Inpatient Services, who is named to the new position of Chief Medical Officer of TSRHC.
“We are especially proud to name Drs. Sucato and Richards to these positions at TSRHC,” Olson said. “They began their careers as TSRHC fellows in pediatric orthopaedics and for many years have championed the expertise and compassion that is at the heart of our mission of caring for children. Both men also are recognized professors, widely published in their fields of expertise, and leaders in their professional organizations. The leadership of this hospital could not be in better hands.”
The board of trustees also announced plans to form the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Foundation. The Foundation will focus on sustaining and growing development efforts for the hospital. The board of trustees is proud to name J. C. Montgomery, Jr., who has led the hospital as president for the past 23 years, as the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the TSRHC Foundation.
Succeeding Montgomery is long-time Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Robert “Bob” L. Walker, who becomes TSRHC President and CEO. Walker brings extensive expertise to his new role, having joined the administrative staff at TSRHC in 1979 and serving for 23 years as the day-to-operations leader. He will provide a seamless transition in the management of the hospital to ensure that the highest quality of medical care is provided to patients. “I am confident that Bob’s leadership in his new role as president will allow the hospital to continue to make strides in cutting-edge research and technology, teaching and training physicians from around the world and maintaining excellent standards of patient care,” Olson said.
Karl E. Rathjen, M.D., TSRHC orthopaedic surgeon, is named president of the TSRHC Foundation and will work with Montgomery. Rathjen joined TSRHC in 1996 and will assume the Foundation duties while maintaining his pediatric service to patients and his current role on the TSRHC medical staff. “This appointment of additional duties recognizes Karl’s tremendous capacity for leadership and his important contributions to the hospital’s development initiatives,” noted Olson.
“With J. C. and Tony continuing to provide leadership and mentoring in their new roles, and with the demonstrated expertise of our expanded leadership team, the hospital is well positioned for the opportunities ahead,” according to Olson. “All of these intelligent and talented leaders have been vigilant stewards of the culture of caring for children that is unique to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”
Editor’s Note: Biographies follow. High resolution photos are available via email or hard copy upon request.
J. C. Montgomery, Jr., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, TSRHC Foundation
J. C. Montgomery, Jr., joined the staff of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1974 and was named president in 1989. He is a native of Millington, Tennessee, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and his Master of Public Health, Hospital Administration, degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his administrative residency at Baylor University Medical Center and worked for five years on staff at Parkland Hospital. J. C. is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on numerous professional, civic and Masonic organizations. He is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason – Grand Cross.
J.A. “Tony” Herring, M.D., Chief of Staff Emeritus, TSRHC
Dr. Tony Herring has served as chief of staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 1978. He is the third physician in the history of the hospital to serve in this position. Dr. Herring is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and an honor graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine. He completed his internship in straight medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and a surgical research fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Herring also completed his junior residency in surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. He completed the Berg Sloat Traveling Fellowship in 1975. Dr. Herring is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is an associate staff member at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and consulting physician at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Herring has served as chairman of the Pediatric Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and president of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. He is an associate editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Herring was honored by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America as the recipient of the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award. He is the editor of the third and fourth editions of Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics: from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children textbook and was named among the “Best Doctors in America” in the March 1996 edition of American Health magazine. He also received the Scoliosis Research Society’s Russell S. Hibbs Award for clinical research and the Fort Worth Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc.’s, Anson Jones Award for outstanding societal contributions. He has authored and co-authored 110 refereed journal articles, 21 book chapters, one book and has edited three books.
Robert “Bob” L. Walker, President, TSRHC
Bob Walker joined the administrative staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1979. He was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1989. Bob’s responsibilities include management of the day-to-day operations of the hospital to ensure that the highest degree of medical care is provided to our patients. Bob serves on the board of trustees of the Texas Hospital Association which represents 85 percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals and health care systems. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council, the advisory board for The Ronald McDonald House, the advisory board for Camp John Marc and the Executive Committee of the Dallas White Rock Marathon. Bob previously served as chair for the Shelton School and Evaluation Center. Bob is a native of Garland, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas University and his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and recently received the Trinity University Dean Leonard A. Duce Award for Excellence in Healthcare. Bob is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason and holds fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Daniel “Dan” J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., Chief of Staff, TSRHC
Dr. Dan Sucato has been on staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he completed the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at TSRHC in 1998. He serves as Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research. He graduated magna cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Sucato received his medical degree (magna cum laude) and a Master of Science degree in biophysics from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgery internship, orthopaedic surgery residency and basic science research fellowship. He served as one of three International Traveling Fellows for the Scoliosis Research Society in 2003. During this three-week fellowship, Dr. Sucato delivered research presentations, studied and discussed landmark cases, observed surgeries at centers throughout Europe and collaborated with international spine experts. Dr. Sucato is widely published in the area of spinal deformity and has delivered dozens of presentations worldwide. He is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is an active staff member at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Sucato is a member of the American Medical Association; the Texas Medical Association; the Scoliosis Research Society; the North American Spine Society; the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Sucato is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and the Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and a consultant reviewer for Spine, the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
B. Stephens “Steve” Richards, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, TSRHC
Dr. Steve Richards previously served as assistant chief of staff and director of inpatient services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Utah and earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Richards completed his surgical internship at the University of California, San Diego, and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Utah. He completed the Harrington Fellowship of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1987. Dr. Richards is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is an active staff member at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and a consulting staff member at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association; the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; the American Medical Association; the Dallas County Medical Society; and the Texas Medical Association. He is the current President of the Scoliosis Research Society and is past chairman of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and is a consultant reviewer for Spine.
Karl E. Rathjen, M.D., President, TSRHC Foundation
Dr. Karl Rathjen is a staff orthopaedist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is an honor graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Rathjen completed his general surgery internship and his orthopaedic surgery residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He completed his fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Children’s Hospital San Diego. Dr. Rathjen is an associate professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Division Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Services, Children’s Medical Center Dallas and an associate attending staff member at Baylor University Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Dr. Rathjen is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; the American Medical Association; the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; the Texas Orthopaedic Association; and the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Rathjen has served as Associate Editor, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research since 2008 and is a Consultant Reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine.
About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC):
TSRHC is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Since its inception in 1921, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children, and in 2011 the hospital had 40,513 outpatient clinic visits. The Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Center for Musculoskeletal Research consists of five Centers for Excellence supported by the hospital’s research divisions and core facilities. In addition to patient care, the hospital strives to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs. TSRHC’s renowned physicians are the authors of the standard reference guide — now in its fourth edition — used by orthopaedic surgeons around the world known as Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics: from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Through TSRHC’s Fellowships in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis, the hospital has trained more than 160 fellows who practice throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition, TSRHC researchers and physicians have generated 20 patents for innovative medical devices that are used to improve the lives of children throughout the world. The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at TSRHC, established in 1965, provides evaluation and diagnosis for children with academic learning disorders, as well as specialized treatment for those with dyslexia. The center is internationally recognized in the field of learning disorders. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.