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Obituary | Reinhard A. W. Westphal, MD, PhD

Reinhard A. W. Westphal, MD, PhD

Reinhard A. W. Westphal, MD, PhD died on September 27, 2022 at 94 years of age, at his home in Leland, Ohio.He was born in Stettin, Germany on May 26, 1928.  After growing up in Stettin he was drafted into the German Army in 1944 at 16 years old.  In 1945, he fled Russian captivity and resumed his education. He graduated from Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany with a PhD in medicine.


In 1957 he married Toni Baumgartner and they had two children. They moved to Columbus, Ohio where he did his orthopaedic surgery residency and entered private practice in the community. He was on the staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Ohio State University Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Initially he focused on trauma, but later his main interest was scoliosis. He became an emeritus member of the SRS in 1981. During his career he was an active member of the Ohio Orthopaedic Society.

Written by: Jay Shapiro, MD and George H. Thompson, MD