Dear friends and colleagues:

Dr Mooney passed away yesterday in a car accident on his way home from work.

Dr. Mooney received his Orthopedic Surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh between 1960 and 1964, after earning his Medical Doctorate in 1957 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mooney was Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1967 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr. Mooney was named one of the 20 most distinguished Orthopedic Surgeons in the Town & Country Magazine Annual Survey in 1989. He also served an appointment by Governor Pete Wilson to the California Industrial Medical Council and was integral in developing the functional capacity evaluation standards for the state.

Dr. Mooney is an internationally recognized leader in clinical work and medical research related to Orthopaedics who has conducted groundbreaking studies in many areas of Orthopaedics, restorative exercise, and physical medicine. He has written over 200 articles and abstracts in peer reviewed scientific journals, over 30 chapters for medical texts, and in the past 7 years has been invited to speak at over 150 medical conferences throughout the world. Dr. Mooney is the recipient of the 2008 Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award in Lumbar Spine Research from the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine (ISSLS).

Dr. Mooney was the Medical Director and one of the founders of MDRS / Spine and Sport and the President of the Spine and Sport Foundation.

Most of all he was a very wise and compassionate man, mentor, a good friend and we will miss him deeply.

Vert, we we will move " Onward and upward " through this unguarded moment...


Joe L Verna, D.CCOO,MDRS/Spine&SportBoard Member and Researcher, S&S Foundation