Robert D. D'Ambrosia, MD, is honored with the 2014 AAOS Diversity Award for his commitment to practicing and promoting culturally competent care, providing care to underserved patient populations, and recruiting, training, and mentoring female and ethnically or racially diverse medical students and residents.
Dr. D'Ambrosia is a past AAOS President and a Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado where he also worked on the School of Medicine's Diversity Policy that helped increase student diversity to 9%. With the underserved Mexican and Native American patient populations Colorado offers, Dr. D'Ambrosia embraces the opportunity to treat these patients with culturally competent care and works diligently to reduce
the healthcare disparities they face. He was also pivotal in ensuring that the University of Colorado sports medicine faculty includes female practitioners to help address the needs of female sports teams.
Prior to his achievements in Colorado, Dr. D'Ambrosia's service to the Louisiana State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery spanned over 30 years. While Chair of the Department, he trained and mentored more than 100 LSU graduates. His contributions to the LSU program are so long-lasting, a lectureship and chair have been established in his
For more information about Dr. D'Ambrosia and the AAOS Diversity Award, visit aaos.org/awards
Gary E. Friedlaender, MD, current Wayne O. Southwick Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine, and Chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital, is the honoree of the ninth annual William W. Tipton, Jr. MD Leadership Award for his work as a researcher, mentor, educator, and leader. Established by friends, colleagues, and partner organizations through AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the Tipton Award honors the qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Tipton, including commitment to mentorship, diversity, bridge-building, and collaboration.
Dr. Friedlaender is amongst the longest serving orthopaedic chairs in the country. He has educated generations of orthopaedic surgeons who have gone on to significant leadership positions, reflecting his stature as a master teacher and role model in orthopaedics. Dr. Friedlaender has served as President of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), the Academic Orthopaedic Society (AOS), the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS), the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), and the American Council on Transplantation (ACT), as well as having chaired the AAOS Council on Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies and Committee on Research.
Dr. Friedlaender chaired the National Arthritis Board (NIAMS/NIH) and is the recipient of Kappa Delta Award (AAOS/ORS) and Nicholas Andre Award (ABJS) for his research.
For more information about Dr. Friedlaender and the AAOS Tipton Leadership Award, visit aaos.org/awards