PAUL F. LACHIEWICZ, MD (1951-2024)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing yesterday of Paul F. Lachiewicz, MD.

Dr. Lachiewicz was a consulting professor at Duke Ortho and an attending surgeon at the Durham VA Medical Center.  He was an AOA graduate of Cornell Weill Medical School, completed residency and fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He was a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill before retiring from UNC in 2009.

Dr. Lachiewicz's daughter, Anne, wrote:  "My father always said being an orthopedic surgeon was the best profession in the world and that he loved being part of The Hip and The Knee Societies."  Dr. Lachiewicz served as President of The Hip Society in 2014.

He also was a member of the Southern Orthopaedic Association (SOA) since 1985 and served on the Board of Directors as Program Chair and President in 2011.  In 2023, Dr. Lachiewicz received the SOA L. Andrew Koman, MD, Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist Award at its 40th annual meeting.  He also was as a member of the International Hip Society.

Dr. Lachiewicz has over 200 scientific papers and book chapters specializing in clinical research on thromboembolism prophylaxis, total hip and knee revision surgery, and peri-operative pain management.

He and his wife, Dr. Ave Lachiewicz, have five grown children and many grandchildren.  Dr. Lachiewicz' family and loved ones are in our thoughts during this most difficult time.