Remembering Dr. Bruce Northrup

Bruce E. Northrup, MD, 80, of Newtown Square, PA, a Philadelphia neurological surgeon who specialized in spinal ailments, died Saturday, July 13. Dr. Northrup was a professor of neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 1978 to 2001, while there he authored many scientific articles. He also practiced neurosurgery at Pennsylvania State University’s Medical School in Hershey, the Neurological Institute in Fargo, N.D., and the University of Pennsylvania. He was co-author of Surgical Approaches to the Spine, a textbook published in 1997. He was president of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society and the Cervical Spine Research Society. He also helped to create a European branch of the research group. Dr. Northrup taught neurosurgery in Italy, where he once performed an entire operation while speaking to his students entirely in Italian. “He learned the medical terms overnight and even asked for the instruments in Italian,” said his wife, Fran Curva Northrup.

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