Sigurd Carl Sandzén, Jr.
Sigurd Carl Sandzén, Jr., M.D. died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 while traveling in Alberta, Canada with his wife, Pam.
He was born August 8, 1932 in New Rochelle, NY. to Gertrude Fresenius and Sigurd Carl Sandzén, M.D. Sigurd graduated from Andover Phillips Academy (1950), Yale University (1954), Stritch School of Medicine/Loyola University, Chicago, IL (1959) M.D. Degree, M.S. Degree/Anatomy. His post-graduate training included: rotating internship at Northwestern University/Passavant Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL; residency in general surgery at Northwestern University, Orthopedic residency at Duke University, Durham, NC; fellowship in hand surgery with J. William Littler at Columbia University/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY. He joined the practice of Stelling, Meyer, Riddle and Sandzén in Greenville SC. Later, he practiced medicine in Abington PA, Dallas TX, Shreveport LA, and Sacramento CA.
His professional affiliations included: Southern Medical Association, Southern Orthopedic Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Piedmont Orthopedic Society, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, AMA, Littler Hand Society, and the Riordan Hand Society.
His academic positions included Chief of Surgery, Medical Arts Hospital, Dallas TX; Director of Hand Surgery, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Parkland Hospital, Dallas TX; Director of Hand Surgery, Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, Dallas TX; Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center.
His published works include Atlas of Acute Hand Injuries, Wrist and Hand Fractures, and The Current Management of Complications of Hand and Wrist Problems.
His most rewarding years were from 1967 to 1969 when he served as Commander in the US Navy. It was during the Vietnam War that Sig developed many surgical reconstructive procedures that enabled hundreds of servicemen to regain partial or complete use of their upper extremities. During these years his exposure to the wide range of injuries inspired a deep passion for hand surgery.
Sig will always be remembered for his joie de vivre, his deep appreciation of nature and art, and his devotion to his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Miller Sandzén, three children, Glyn Sandzén Jimenez and her husband Carlos, Sigurd Carl Sandzén III and his wife Pat, and Peter Dollard Sandzén, three grandchildren, Sigurd Carl Sandzén IV, Faneuil Alston Sandzén, Edward Norton Roche and two step children, Frank Burnett Treat IV and Carolyn Treat Heaton. He is predeceased by one grandson, Richard Lee Roche, Jr.
A private memorial service will be held.
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Published in Shreveport Times on July 17, 2012