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Pioneer in hand surgery, Dr. Harold Kleinert, dies at 91
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
An internationally known hand surgeon, Dr. Harold Kleinert of Louisville, has died. He was 91.
In a statement released by KentuckyOne Health, Dr. Charles Peck described Kleinert as "a true medical pioneer" who conducted groundbreaking research on hand and finger treatment.
Peck, the interim president of Jewish Hospital, said the hospital became the top center for hand treatment because of Kleinert. Peck noted that surgeons and patients traveled to Louisville because of Kleinert.
Peck said more than 1,300 hand fellows have become expert hand surgeons and hundreds of thousands of patients have had their hands saved.
Funeral arrangements were pending Sunday.