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John Bernard McGinty, MD

November 19, 1930 November 30, 2019
John Bernard McGinty, MD
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Dr. John “Jack” McGinty passed away after a great life. Born in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts and raised by a single mom, he graduated from Boston Latin school and Harvard University. He then graduated from Tufts Medical school (AOA) followed by Yale surgery and Harvard orthopedic residencies. He then served in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt as an assistant chief of orthopedics and Valley Forge as a chief of orthopedics. (1962-65) and discharged as a Major. He then returned to Boston in private practice and worked as a clinical professor at Tufts. (1966-1984) During that time he was one of the pioneers of knee arthroscopy and the first person to put a video camera to a scope and operate on a TV screen. He presented this minimally invasive operative technique in Copenhagen in 1975 and needless to say it was a success. He worked with a camera maker to help build small video cameras for the scope which became Circon. He ran the first arthroscopic course with knee models followed by many more courses. His research on partial versus complete meniscectomy’s revolutionized the care of torn cartridges in the knee. In 1981 he was one of the founders of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA which includes Canada and Mexico) and its first president. He then became the president of the International Arthroscopy Association (1984 - 1987). In 1984 he became chairman of orthopedics at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1990 he was elected president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS). While in office he spearheaded the development of an orthopedic learning Center in Chicago Illinois. He was editor of the American Journal of Knee Surgery and Orthopedics Today and expanded it internationally. He published the first textbook on “Operative Arthroscopy” on all joints in 1991, followed by two more editions. After retiring from chairmanship he moved to Mobile and became Executive Vice President of AANA.
He is survived by his first wife Beth and their three children, Kathy (Rob) Griffin, Ellen (Bill) Grieco, and John (Ingrid) McGinty as well as his second wife Ro Morwessel and son, Ryan McGinty. He has seven grandchildren and one great grandson. He was always the life of the party with his Irish wit. He loves golf, sailing and time with his family. A wake will be held at his home on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 PM for friends to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity. Arrangements by Ascension Funeral Home, 1016 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, Alabama 36695.

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Country Club Road
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Country Club Road Mobile 36608 AL
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