Dr. Tim Conway dies at 77
Tim Conway, the dentist who performed a procedure on NBA legend Kevin Durant, died Sunday at his home in Memphiansville, Md.
The Associated Press was first to report Conway’s death.
Conway, 78, was born in New York in 1943.
He served as an orthopedic surgeon for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before retiring in 2003.
He became the chief executive of the Memphis Children’s Hospital in 2016 and led its emergency room department.
In an interview with ESPN, Conway said he died “proudly and humbly” of the role he played in helping to save lives in Memphis.
“The hospital was in such disrepair that there was no way to save the children, the elderly and people with disabilities,” he said.
Conway was in his office at a hospital where he worked for three decades, according to his obituary on the Memphis Sports & Fitness Network. “
If I can help somebody, it’s because I care about them, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Conway was in his office at a hospital where he worked for three decades, according to his obituary on the Memphis Sports & Fitness Network.
He also performed at the Memphis Farmers Coliseum in the 1990s and Memphis Childrens Hospital in 2008, and was the medical director of the University of Memphis Health Care System for 12 years.
He spent the next 17 years working as a medical director at Childrens Health in Birmingham, Ala., and later as the director of trauma at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Nashville.
He was the first dentist in the United States to use an IV catheter to deliver an infant, according the Memphis Star-Ledger in 2007.
In addition to performing surgeries on NBA stars such as Durant and Kevin Durant Jr., Conway helped to treat many other celebrities.
Conway was honored with the American Association of Dental Assistants Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
He earned the honor from the Memphis Chamber of Commerce in 2016, and is also a former president of the American Dental Association.
In his obituaries, he credited his parents with his success and success in life.
“My parents always believed that when you’re going through a tough time, you need to give it your best shot,” he wrote.
“They taught me to trust my own judgment and to always take a chance.
I hope to be a part of their legacy by working with others to make a difference in people’s lives.”