It is with great sadness that we report AOFAS Past President Lamar L. Fleming, MD, passed away on August 14, 2022, from complications related to Parkinson's disease and COVID. He was 83. Dr. Fleming was a respected surgeon, educator, mentor, and leader in orthopaedics.
Dr. Fleming was a veteran of the US Navy, serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon and obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Following an internal medicine internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and general surgery residency at Talmadge Memorial Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Fleming completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University School of Medicine. At Duke, he served as senior resident to a host of future AOFAS members and leaders.
Dr. Fleming served on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine for 32 years, including 15 years as chair of the orthopedic department. During his tenure, he guided the department through significant growth, strengthened the fellowship program, and mentored hundreds of trainees.
As AOFAS president from 1989-1990, Dr. Fleming worked to increase the number of foot and ankle fellowship programs and oversaw a reorganization of the Society's committee structure. He presented at and chaired numerous AOFAS educational programs.
In addition to his leadership in AOFAS, Dr. Fleming served as president of the Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and Southern Orthopaedic Association.
A religious service celebrating Dr. Fleming's life will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 2:00 pm at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Greenville, South Carolina, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville Area Parkinson Society, P.O. Box 6505 Greenville, SC 29609, or St. Paul's Anglican Church, 304 E. Camperdown Way, Greenville, SC 29601.