Walter Short, Class of 1967, Inducted in 2002
As a student, Walter Short found inspiration both in his biology classes and on the lacrosse field. But by becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, Walter has been able to blend his love of the sport with his love of science.
His special interest is in damage that occurs in specific ligaments of the wrist when people fall or have been involved in accidents. "I realized I was never going to be a professional lacrosse player, so I chose biology instead," he explains.
After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in biology, he completed medical school at Upstate Medical Center. Following completion of his surgery internship at the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, Walter returned to Syracuse and began a four-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at Upstate Medical Center, which he completed in 1980.
From there, Walter headed to Yale University and University of Connecticut to complete a one-year fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery. Then, it was back again to Syracuse, first at St. Joseph's Hospital, and now as a full-time professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Upstate Medical Center.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Walter is also a practicing physician. He sees patients and performs surgery regularly. He is the chairman of the Hand Fellowship Program and has been involved in educational programs in Japan, Europe and South America.
Walter, along with his research team at the Institute for Human Performance, received a $711,000 grant from the Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention to study the biomechanics of the moving wrist.
This is the first award funded by this group to study injuries of the upper extremity. Because of his extensive research, Walter is also involved in many organizations that deal with biomechanics and hand and wrist surgery.
He's also been published in numerous scientific journals and textbooks. He is the co-editor of a new textbook on hand surgery that is scheduled for publication.
And never forgetting his original love of lacrosse, Walter is very involved in the summer lacrosse program in the community. He's served on the Board of Directors of the summer instructional lacrosse league held at Wellwood Middle School. Walter also enjoys his involvement with his children's school activities.
Walter lives in Manlius with his wife, Bev, and his children Liz and Michael.