Diversity, Humanitarian, and Leadership Awards Presented at AAOS Meeting
Richard E. Grant, MD, of Philadelphia, was presented with the 2017 Diversity Award at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting in San Diego.
The Diversity Award recognizes members of the Academy who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding commitment to making orthopaedics more representative of, and accessible to, diverse patient populations.
Throughout Dr. Grant’s 30-year career in orthopaedic surgery, he has dedicated himself to empowering minority students in residency programs. From 1988 until 2001, he educated more than 60 minority and female residents as the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Under Dr. Grant’s leadership at Howard, more female residents were accepted into the orthopaedic residency program than in any other program in the country. Subsequently, the residency program’s American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) passage rate increased immediately.
His approach to educating residents stemmed from his own orthopaedic residency experience at the former United States Air Force Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He implemented a military-based, disciplined approach and structure to Howard’s educational residency program. As a result, the majority of his former orthopaedic residents became ABOS-certified and practicing orthopaedic surgeons. More than 90% of his residents completed a post residency fellowship in almost every orthopaedic subspecialty across the country.
Dr. Grant is currently an attending orthopaedic surgeon and full-time faculty member with the Department of Orthopaedics at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He specializes in total joint arthroplasty and sickle cell disease-related osteonecrosis.
David A. Spiegel, MD, is the recipient of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ 2017 Humanitarian Award. Dr. Spiegel is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.
This Award recognizes living fellows, international, and emeritus members of the Academy who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad.
Dr. Spiegel’s life changed after completing his residency in 1996 while spending a month in Kathmandu, Nepal, with Dr. Ashok Banskota, the founder of the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC). He learned about the challenges of working in settings with limited resources, influencing his academic interests and career path. Dr. Spiegel has spent more than 2 years of his career in Nepal engaged in activities at the HRDC.
“Dr. Banskota was doing very complex work on challenging cases with limited resources, and I was exposed to unique insights into the natural history of pediatric orthopaedic conditions and the management of uncommon conditions such as tuberculosis and polio, as well as neglected traumatic cases and infections,” said Dr. Spiegel.
In addition, Dr. Spiegel introduced the Ponseti method for clubfoot treatment to the HRDC, and the hospital has subsequently treated more than 4,000 feet with the method. He also has done Ponseti workshops in 5 provinces of China. He has made a number of visits to Basra, Iraq since 2011, and has delivered more than 200 lectures in other countries including Somalia, China, Iran, Mongolia, India and Pakistan.
Tipton Leadership Award
William J. Robb III, MD, from Glenview, Illinois, has received the 2017 William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes Academy members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities that have benefitted the orthopaedic community, patients, and/or the American public.
The award honors and celebrates the life, accomplishments and qualities of the late William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, an orthopaedic surgeon, educator, and former AAOS chief executive officer.
Dr. Robb has worked diligently to advance important initiatives that benefit patients and the orthopaedic profession. His most recent achievement is the establishment of a new safety culture in the AAOS while serving as chair of the AAOS Patient Safety Committee from 2012 to 2016.
Dr. Robb reorganized and elevated the orthopaedic safety program through the Orthopaedic Safety Summit in 2012 and restructured the Patient Safety Committee through a merger with the AAOS surgeon and surgical team communications program.
He also co-chaired of the first National Surgical Patient Safety Summit in 2016, which brought together more than 100 representatives from surgical professional associations, insurers, large healthcare systems, payers, regulators, certifying organizations, and government agencies. The Summit proposed national surgical safety standards; supported new standardized surgical safety educational curricula for both residents and surgeons; and prioritized needed safety research areas.