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Wenz Funeral Arrangements

Wenz Funeral ArrangementsThe Wenz family

The Wenz family would like you to know what arrangements have been made for the viewing and funeral service for James and Lidia Wenz, as well as for the memorial fund established in their name. Additional tributes to them also are below:

Viewing and Funeral Arrangements
495 Governor Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, Maryland 21146
Phone: 410-647-2400

Thursday, Jan. 22, 3 - 5 p.m.  and 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 23, 3 - 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral service
*NOTE* This is a new location:

Saturday at 11 a.m.
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Severna Park, MD 21146
Phone: 410-647-2550

There will be a procession immediately following the funeral service to Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21227 (410-796-1144).

Please refer to for specific directions.

Memorial Fund Address
Donations may be made to the James and Lidia Wenz Memorial Fund:

Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine
100 N. Charles Street - Suite 418
Baltimore, MD 21201

Memory Book
Finally, a memory book is being compiled for the Wenz children. If you would like to share written memories or a photo, please send to:

"Memory Book/Chairman's Office"
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
601 N. Caroline Street - Suite 5215
Baltimore, MD 21287-0881

Members of the book club that Lidia helped to run will compile the book and give it to the children.

Additional Tribute
James Wenz was the personification of the spirit of Johns Hopkins Medicine with his commitment to clinical work, teaching and research. In all of these endeavors he was continually pushing the frontier with innovation. He did so with intelligence, wit, and, most important, compassion. James was truly a part of the Hopkins family, as was Lidia, who shared these qualities with him and who, with their children, formed a family that welcomed so many of us into their home. They will be missed by us here and all those who have, and would have, benefitted from their work. Most of all, they will be missed by their children, who we hope can, in time, learn to know and admire them as we did.

L. Reuven Pasternak, MD MPH MBA
Vice Dean for the Bayview Campus

January 20, 2004

NOTE: Wenz Funeral Arrangement Information

The attached message was distributed this morning to all at Johns Hopkins Medicine.


With profound sorrow, we inform you that the husband and wife click on image for high resolutionkilled in the accident on I-83 early this morning were Drs. James and Lidia Wenz.  Their death is a loss not just to their children, but to the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine family and to the many patients who benefited from their skills.  As more information becomes available about memorial services, we will keep you informed.  In the meantime, we remind you of the enormous skills and promise lost to the world by their deaths:

A brilliant and innovative orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Wenz, 40, was chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an attending surgeon at both Bayview and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A Somerville, NJ native, James Wenz received his B.S. in 1987 in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he did extensive research on prosthetic devices and mechanical properties of articular cartilage, knowledge which he brought into practical application in orthopedics.

After receiving his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1991, he completed his orthopaedic residency at Hopkins Hospital in 1996, where he received specialized training in joint reconstruction surgery, and then did a one-year fellowship with Dr. David Hungerford before joining the faculty in 1997.  He concentrated on total hip and total knee replacement surgery, the treatment of osteonecrosis, revision surgery for failed joint replacements and the use of cartilage transplantation. Some of these advanced techniques incorporated the use of minimally invasive approaches.  He performed hundreds of hip replacements through a four-inch incision, rather than the standard 10-12 inches.

A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Wenz’s major areas of interest also included the care of fractures in geriatric patients.  He was conducting research in alternative treatments of arthritis, joint replacement surgery, cartilage transplant techniques and osteonecrosis, as well as in reconstruction after failed joint replacement surgery.  Outside of medicine, he once described his interests as “bicycling, ballroom dancing, computer imaging, snowmobiling, water-skiing and tennis.”

“Dr. James Wenz was the most brilliant innovator and technical surgeon ever to graduate from the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program,” according to Frank Frassica, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  “He was an advocate for resident education and patient safety.  He will be tremendously missed not only by the Hopkins community but also on a regional and national level.  He was a true gentleman and was universally loved by his patients, colleagues and friends.”

Child psychiatrist Dr. Lidia Wenz, 44, received three degrees from the State University of New York in Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo): a B.S. in nursing in 1983, a B.A. in psychology in 1984, and an M.D. in 1990. She trained in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, serving as a resident from July 1990 until 1993 and then completing a fellowship in child psychiatry.  An instructor in psychiatry at the time of her death, she was on the Johns Hopkins full-time faculty until 2001, when she left to spend more time with her children, Adrianna, now 8, and James Jr., now 7.  Both children also were injured in the accident, but are expected to recover from their injuries.

According to Department of Psychiatry Director Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., “Lidia was as good as they come.  She was one of the best adult residents in her years of training and then became a wonderful child psychiatrist.  We all were planning her return to the full-time faculty when her children were older.  She as well as her husband will be sorely missed.”