Richard B. Ressman, MD
As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Richard B. Ressman has operated on fractures, replaced arthritic knees and hips, and performed many other types of orthopaedic procedures for 30 years before he changed careers to that of a full-time professional photographer in 2002. He bought his first Nikon camera in 1969 as a surgical intern in Chicago and developed and printed his first photographs in the intern’s call room. In 2005, he volunteered to teach arthroscopy in a Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) hospital, donated all of his personal arthroscopy equipment, and requested in-kind surgical equipment to be donated to the Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons. Currently, Dr. Ressman maintains contact with local California-based hospitals volunteering for and training other photographers for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an infant bereavement organization that introduces remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the gift of professional portraiture.