Clifford H. Turen, MD (2013)

Department of Orthopaedics Division of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 22


January 14, 2013


Dear Friends, 

It is with great sadness that we w rite to report the tragic loss of one of our close friends and colleagues last night. Dr. Cliff Turen, former Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and former Chief of Orthopaedics at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center was killed when his private plane crashed north of Dover, Delaware. He was 55 years old.

Cliff worked at Shock Trauma for most of his professiona l career and was an important contributor to the development of this institution in many ways. He first arrived as a fellow in 1988. After fellowship, he spent 4 years in the Navy as Chief of the Ort hopaedic Trauma Service at Portsmout h Nava l Regional Medical Center . He served as a part-time consultant surgeon at Shock Trauma fro m 1990-93 and then returned here in a full-time facu lty capacity for 16 years from 1993 through 2009 when he left to become Chief of Orthopaedics at Center of Central Georgia in Macon. From 2002 to 2005 he served as Chief of Orthopaedics at Shock Trauma . From 1999-2001 he was Program Director for the University of Maryland Orthopaedic Surgery residency program . He was an active member of the Shock Trauma Go Team. He was a stalwart contributor to many clinical and educational efforts at Shock Trauma throughout his time here.

As director of the orthopaedic traumatology fellowship program from 1993 through 2005, he coordinated and contributed to the education of countless fellows and residents who rotated through Shock Trauma. He was friend and mentor to many of the orthopaedic traumatologists who now serve as faculty and program directors throughout the country and in many parts of the world. He served in the past as President of the AO North America Membership and as a Trustee of the AO Foundation. He also served on the OTA Fellowship Committee and on t he ACS Committee on Trauma. Through his many contributions to multiple orthopaedic and surgical associations, Cliff contributed meaningfully to orthopaedic traumatology education throughout the wor ld and was internationally regarded for his teaching expert ise and clinica l acumen.

Cliff was actively involved in the EMS community as an educator , provider and medical director having served in that role for both the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and the Washington DC Fire department.   He contributed in EMS in rema rkably broad spectrum of capacities including dive team Member of the University of Maryland Medical  System member and instructor, firefighter, fire officer and EMS provider. He was a former Special Deputy US Marshal and led the development of the tactical EMS program for the National Capital Region Antiterrorism Task Force.

Dr. Turen will be sorely missed by many of us, but his many contributions will not be soon forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Andrew N. Pollak, M.D. Professor and Acting Chair Head, Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology
Department of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Thomas M. Scalea, M.D. Physician-in-Chief
Francis X. Kelly, Professor of Trauma Surgery
Shock Trauma Center Director, Program in Trauma
University of Maryland School of M