Respected and beloved co-founder of Torrance Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, John Joseph O’Hara, MD, passed away on January 24, 2016 in Lake San Marcos, California. He had been ill for some time. Dr. O’Hara was well attended by his family, who released a simple statement, "We miss him dearly."
Dr. O’Hara was a public servant before he became a doctor. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1957, where he reached the rank of Lieutenant, and as an Active Reserve Officer from 1957-1961. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from UCLA in 1961 and completed his internship and two residencies at UCLA Hospital. He completed his third residency at Shriners Hospital, Los Angeles in 1966 and two fellowships, one in hand surgery at Orthopedic Hospital in 1967 and the other in microsurgical training in 1981. His legacy of care, skill, and training is well regarded at Torrance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group today.
Dr. O’Hara’s patients and colleagues found him deeply compassionate and dedicated to helping people get better. He practiced medicine for close to 50 years and retired in 2013.
Dr O’Hara will most be remembered for his dedication and concern for his patients, his focus on their rehabilitation, his mastery of the art of hand surgery, and his gift to us as a great teacher and mentor.
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