January 10, 2014
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Riad Barmada, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, on January 10, 2014.
A native of Syria, Riad Barmada received his MD from Syrian University Medical School in Damascus in 1956. He completed a year of general surgery training at Damascus Hospital before coming to Chicago, where he completed an internship at Walter Memorial Hospital, followed by orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois and the affiliated hospitals at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Illinois Masonic Hospital. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine as a research associate and advanced quickly, becoming Professor of Orthopaedics in 1972. He served as head of the Department of Orthopaedics from 1984 to 1998. He retired from the department in January of 1999, and received the title Professor Emeritus. Subsequent to his retirement Dr. Barmada was active in resident educational conferences attending Saturday Morning Conference regularly up to this last year.
Dr. Barmada served on the medical staff of the University of Illinois Hospital since 1969. He was Chief of Service for Orthopaedics from 1984 to 1998 and was President of the Medical Staff in 1986. He also held appointments at Michael Reese Hospital, Ravenswood Hospital, and the West Side Veterans Administration Hospital, and was Chief of the Orthopaedics service at the West Side VA and Michael Reese Hospital.
Dr. Barmada was a member of numerous associations, including the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Medical Association, and the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Barmada was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and President of the Chicago Committee on Trauma. He also served as President of the Illinois Orthopaedic Society.
Internationally recognized as a research leader, Dr. Barmada authored more than 40 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts, and presented numerous papers in the field of orthopaedic reconstructive surgery.