Dr. Dennis W. Lennox, 56, joint replacement...


Dr. Dennis W. Lennox, 56, joint replacement surgeon

Dr. Dennis Wesley Lennox, one of the region's leading joint-replacement surgeons, died Wednesday of brain cancer at his home in Roland Park. He was 56.

Since July, Dr. Lennox was chief of the Johns Hopkins Division of Arthritis Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was an expert in hip and knee replacements who also was known for his orthopedic inventions, including a total hip prosthesis. He published more than 50 scientific articles and was assistant editor of the Journal of Arthroplasty.

"Dennis was a superb physician, educator and surgeon," said Dr. Frank J. Frassica, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Hopkins. "He was a quiet hero who enjoyed taking care of patients and teaching the art of surgery."

"He was the type of individual who got things done without a lot of fanfare," he added.

Dr. Lennox was born and raised in Frostburg. He earned his undergraduate degree at the Johns Hopkins University and his master's and medical degrees at the University of Maryland. He completed his internship at Brown University and his orthopedic residency at the University of Virginia.

He then spent a year as a fellow in arthritis surgery at Johns Hopkins, studying under Dr. David Hungerford, his longtime mentor and friend. He was named assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University in 1981.

Dr. Lennox served on the board of directors of the Christian Children's Fund in Roanoke, Va., traveling to Kenya to help with the nonprofit organization's efforts.

A memorial service will be scheduled at Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Nims Lennox of Baltimore, and his children, Matthew Lennox of Baltimore, Noah Lennox of New York, and Allison Lennox of Marlboro College in Vermont.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Christian Children's Fund, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, Va. 23261.

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