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Bayhealth Saddened by Loss of Clifford Turen, M.D.


The Bayhealth family is saddened by the death of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon Clifford Turen, M.D., the lone occupant of a small plane that crashed last night east of Dover.

Dr. Turen came to Bayhealth in 2011 from the Georgia Orthopaedic Trauma Institute where he served as Director and Chair.  Previously, he spent 20 years at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he held the positions of Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma and Fellowship Director for the Orthopaedic Traumatology Fellowship.

Dr. Turen was also a senior trustee of the AO Foundation - a non-profit global organization led by surgeons committed to the treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal injuries and education of those principles.  He was a member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.  Dr. Turen served as a Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserve for 28 years and was selected to the Presidential Medical Support Team for President George H. W. Bush during Dr. Turen’s time on active duty. 

“Dr. Turen was an exceptional orthopaedic surgeon, a passionate teacher, a strong leader and visionary,” says Gary Siegelman, M.D., Bayhealth’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.  “He was also a friend and a colleague.  He will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Turen’s patients will be contacted by employees of Bayhealth Orthopaedic Surgery, Dover.  Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time.

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