Dr. F. William Bora, Jr., professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery in the School of Medicine, passed away February 23, 2011; he was 82.
Dr. Bora began teaching at Penn in 1962 as an instructor and remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1997. He also served as chief of hand surgery, was on staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia and had an orthopaedic surgery practice in Yeadon.
He is credited with performing the second hand-reattachment surgery in the country in 1965, just two months after another surgeon in North Carolina performed the first.
Dr. Bora authored the book The Pediatric Upper Extremity: Diagnosis and Management and was editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery in the early 1990s.
A native of Summit, New Jersey, Dr. Bora earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a medical degree from New York Medical College.
Dr. Bora is survived by his wife, Ann; sons, Christian R. “Bobby,” F. William III and Brian; daughters, Tammara and Fiona; and seven grandchildren.