Richard L. Worland, M.D.

Richard L. Worland, M.D.

October 5, 1944 - October 8, 2017

Richard L. Worland, M.D. passed of natural causes October 8, 2017 in Medford, Oregon. He was born October 5, 1944 in Paris, Texas along with his twin brother to Kenneth and Arlene Worland. Rick was raised in Wayne, New Jersey where he excelled in athletics and academics, became an Eagle Scout, and modeled in national ad campaigns with his twin, helping to pay for his education. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1966. While at Dartmouth he was quarterback of the football team and captain of the track team. Rick went on to obtain his M.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and completed his surgical training at Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Following two years as major in the Air Force at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire, he moved to Richmond, Virginia where he lived most of his adult life.

During his career as an orthopedic surgeon in Richmond, Rick formed the highly successful team of orthopedic surgeons, Advanced Orthopedic Center. He specialized in total shoulder and knee replacements. Rick designed and patented the BiAngular and BiPolar Total Shoulder Prostheses for use by Biomet, Inc., as well as other specialty instruments that were sold worldwide. Over the years he trained multiple international Orthopedic Fellows, and was highly respected for his many contributions to medical literature. He frequently lectured at national and international orthopedic conferences. Rick’s passion for his work dramatically improved the lives of thousands of patients within and beyond his local practice. 

After retiring from medicine Rick moved to Oregon where he enjoyed golf, joined the Medford Rogue Rotary Club, and became an avid Oregon Duck fan. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his beloved family. Rick was a proud father and grandfather and played an important role in their lives as well as those of his nieces and nephews.

Rick is survived by his former wife, Judy Charbonneau; his children, David (Tere) and Scott (Iris) from his first marriage to Sue Ballantyne, Lauren (Quentin) and Andrea; his grandchildren, Siena, Julia, Skye, Nathaniel, and Linden; his twin brother, Ronald Worland, M.D. (Lou); his nieces, Stacey (Jason) and Kelly (Darren); and great-nieces and nephews, Hayden, Blake, Reid, Sloan, and Piper. He will be sorely missed and always remembered as a passionate, inspirational, heart-centered leader, mentor, loving healer, and a shining light and joy to his colleagues, friends, and family.

A small service was held with immediate family and a memorial service will be planned for a future date. For further information and/or to leave memories and thoughts, please visit Donations in his name may be made to the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, or Medford Surgical Missions,

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