Ignacio Ponseti


Another of the individuals that Dr. Steindler brought to Iowa City was Ignacio Ponseti. Dr. Ponseti is the young man just to the left of Dr. Steindler’s hand. Dr. Steindler is the gentleman with the glasses just in front of the x-ray view box. Dr. Ponseti was born in 1913 in the Balearic Islands and graduated from University of Barcelona Medical School in 1936, just days before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. When Franco’s forces closed on the City of Barcelona, Dr. Ponseti, along with one of his teachers, escaped over the Pyrenees Mountains into France and then on to Mexico. Dr. Ponseti was practicing as a general physician in Mexico when Dr. Steindler offered him a position in Iowa City. Dr. Ponseti arrived in Iowa City in 1941 and has been a member of the Orthopaedics Department since that time. He conducted a number of important basic biologic studies of connective tissue and then critical clinical studies of developmental and congenital deformities such as clubfoot, scoliosis, and developmental dysplasia of the hip. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to the safe and effective treatment of children with clubfeet.