On Secretary Kerry's Surgery from Dr. Dennis Burke

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 2, 2015


The following is attributable to Dr. Dennis Burke, Orthopedic Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School:

"This morning Secretary Kerry underwent a surgical procedure to repair his broken femur. The procedure was performed under a regional anesthetic and the Secretary was conscious throughout the four-hour operation."

"The procedure was uncomplicated, the fracture was fully repaired, and we plan to get him up walking on Wednesday."

"I anticipate a short hospitalization, a full and complete recovery, and a return to normal function."

"I do not anticipate that this will interfere with his duties as Secretary of State."