Latvian surgeon to operate on Kerry

American presidential candidate John Kerry is scheduled to undergo minor surgery on his right shoulder March 31 in Boston, and the man holding the knife will be Latvian-American Dr. Bertrams Zariņš, according to media reports.

Zariņš, chief of the sports medicine service at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, has operated before on Kerry, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts.

Kerry needs the surgery because he aggravated a previous injury while on the campaign trail in Iowa, according to The New York Times.

Zariņš also is a physician for the New England Patriots football team, which won the Super Bowl in 2002, as well as for the Boston Bruins hockey team and the New England Revolution soccer team.

The doctor has been involved with sports medicine for the Olympics, including serving as head physician for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, according to Massachusetts General’s Web site.

Zariņš is a foreign member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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