An ocean of ambition

Creating SVSU’s campus literary-art magazine, Cardinal Sins, was one of the earliest accomplishments of Alissar and Michael Langworthy. But it merely marked the beginning of their adventures together.

One year after the couple graduated from SVSU in 1984, they married. Their family has grown since. Today, they are raising their two daughters in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts — all while pursuing professions supporting modern medicine.

While serving in Afghanistan in 2012 as a trauma surgeon, Michael Langworthy was chosen as a Leading Physician of the World for 2013-14 and as Leading Health Professional of the World for 2011 by the International Biographical Center. He oversees two orthopedic practices located in Dartmouth and New Bedford. The U.S. Navy Reserve captain is also a leading adviser on arthritic joint disease to the U.S. military.

Alissar Langworthy sails the world as captain of an ocean-bound boat, the Phoenicia. Docked in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the vessel serves as a research platform for her husband’s work searching for more advanced methods for treating bone fractures. The research involves examining substances found in ocean water that are similar to the make-up of human bones.

They hope their findings lead to new methods for mending broken bones using substances that dissolve over time, replacing the practice of fixing bones using surgically implanted metal rods. The vessel has also become a place for students to participate in field studies along the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coasts.



Alissar and Michael Langworthy, not long after they met and helped found Cardinal Sins.

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