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Orthopedic surgeon, co-founder of specialty hospital dies

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 10:43 p.m.

David McQueen, a well-known Wichita orthopedic surgeon, died Monday. He was 65.

Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, McQueen studied zoology at the University of California-Davis and attended medical school at Universidad Automa de Guadalajara, Mexico. He completed a rheumatology internship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and an orthopedic residency at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.

McQueen was co-founder of the Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center, a specialty hospital that is now majority-owned by Via Christi and minority-owned by physicians.

He and physician Ely Bartal worked for two years on their plans for the hospital, which opened in 1995.

It was one of the first surgical specialty hospitals in the country.

“It’s a great, great loss,” Bartal, the current hospital administrator, said of McQueen’s death. “He knew his stuff. He was a great technician, a great surgeon, and he loved research. He was a great friend.”

McQueen was also the founder of the Orthopaedic Research Institute, which is operated and owned by Via Christi, according to his obituary.

He was a design consultant for Stryker medical products and developed the Wichita Fusion Nail, an implant used in orthopedic surgery.

McQueen’s funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich Road.

A memorial has been established with the Orthopaedic Research Institute, 929 St. Francis N., Wichita, KS 67214.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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