Office of Institutional Advancement

Two Faculty Members Named as Holders of Rothman Institute Endowed Professorships


Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College; William J. Hozack, MD; Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, founder, Rothman Institute; Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD; and Todd J. Albert, MD, former chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery.

On June 30, 2014, two faculty members of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University were invested as the first holders of two professorships endowed by the Rothman Institute.

William J. Hozack, MD, was named the Walter H. Annenberg Professorship in Joint Replacement Surgery, and Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, was named the John M. Fenlin, Jr., MD, Professorship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Rothman Institute administrators endowed the professorships in honor of two integral members of the Rothman community: 

  • The late philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg, a media magnate and publishing pioneer whose generosity made the founding of the Institute possible, and
  • The late surgeon John M. Fenlin, Jr., MD, a Medical College alumnus who started the Institute’s shoulder and elbow program and performed thousands of procedures during his nearly 50-year career at Jefferson.

Hozack has been part of the Jefferson-Rothman Institute community since 1986, when he began a fellowship in joint reconstructive surgery. He became a full faculty member in 1989.

Formerly director of Jefferson’s joint replacement service and joint replacement fellowship, Hozack has established an international reputation for excellence in hip and knee replacement surgery and draws surgeons from around the world to observe his techniques. He has a keen interest in teaching and holds residents and fellows to high standards, preparing them to “do the Jefferson-Rothman name proud and show the world how good we are” post-training.

Williams spent more than 16 years on the shoulder and elbow service at the University of Pennsylvania before joining Jefferson in 2007 as a professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Rothman Institute’s Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

An expert in shoulder replacement, arthroscopy and dislocations, Williams is renowned both for his surgical skills and for his commitment to educating young physicians. He works closely with residents and fellows in the operating room, increasing their responsibilities over time but always maintaining a hands-on approach to ensure the best results for his patients.

Read more about Hozack by clicking here. More information on Williams can be found here.