Wenz Cafe
1600 McElderry Street
Armstrong Medical Education Building
(Next to the Outpatient Center)
Baltimore, MD 21205
Ph: 410-955-1466

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The Wenz Cafe is dedicated to the memory of Drs. James and Lidia Wenz, who were killed tragically in 2004.

Dr. James Wenz was 40 and was chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was a brilliant and innovative orthopedic surgeon, and an exemplary physician. He was committed to improving the care of patients and the quality of the lives of those he attended. James was kind beyond words, and was a wondeful friend and colleague.

Dr. Lidia Wenz was 44, and a faculty member in child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. She was a gifted and brilliant clinican, as well as a caring and considerate person. She was absolutely commited to James and her family while still managing to provide wonderful care for her patients.

James Wenz was from Sommerville, NJ. He 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 orthopedic 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.

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. She split her time between her faculty position at Johns Hopkins and her commttments at home to raising her two children.

They were survived by their children, Adrianna and James Jr.

The Greater Hopkins Family misses them both, as do their classmates, who have dedicated the Cafe to their memory.