WELL-KNOWN Newcastle orthopedic surgeon Dr Gordon Kerridge has died.
Dr Kerridge, 88, was revered in the city's medical circles, having been a major figure in the evolution of public health services and orthopedic innovation.
He retired from surgical practice in 1986, but continued to consult and to teach until about a month ago.
Recently Dr Kerridge suffered a broken hip.
He recovered well enough to return home but died unexpectedly, while out shopping, on Thursday.
Dr Kerridge was born in Sydney and attended Fort Street High then Sydney University.
According to his son Ross, he was inspired to become an orthopedic surgeon at the age of 10 after watching his brother suffer from polio.
He came to Royal Newcastle Hospital in 1947 and was a key figure during what is now considered a golden era in the city's public health system.
He pioneered many new techniques, such as tendon transfers, joint replacement and internal fixation. He helped set up the Hunter Orthopaedic School at Waratah.
Dr Kerridge was also a past president of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.
He is survived by his wife Cath, six children and numerous grandchildren.