Dr. Daniel Clifford Riordan
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Dr. Clifford Riordan, 95, passed away Saturday morning, October 27, 2012 in Shreveport, LA. Born October 3, 1917 in Vallejo, CA he graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1942 and entered the US Army. He was later assigned to Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania. In 1945 he became the Chief of Hand Surgery there.
In 1949 Dr. Riordan moved to New Orleans, LA and began a lengthy career of hand surgery and teaching, retiring in 1992. He pioneered extensive hand surgery research at the public hospital in Carville. Beginning in 1949 Dr. Riordan was board certified and a fellow at the American Academy of Hand Surgery and was elected as president in 1960. The Riordan Hand Society was established in his honor in 1967.
With the above credentials, Dr. Riordan is the one of six original pioneers in the development of hand surgery as it is known today. Through his primary education of current hand surgeons, and secondly through the thousands of hand surgeons they have educated, he is directly responsible for a great percentage of the hand surgeons in the world.
Dr. Riordan is survived by two daughters, Sharyn Smith and Terry Stanton; one son, Danile B. Riordan and one stepson, Robert Hightower.
There will be no service and he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Riordan Hand Society for the memorial lecture series in the name of Daniel and Eleanor Hightower Riordan Memorial Lecture.
Published in Shreveport Times on Oct. 30, 2012