March 31, 2015

Decide to Drive: Celebrating Five Years of Advocating for Distracted Driving Awareness

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recognized the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) for five years of successful partnership and support in advocating for distracted driving awareness during the AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on March 25, 2015. Orthopaedic surgeons not only treat, but also want to prevent injuries that can result from distracted driving-related crashes. 

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Building Orthopaedics

Music ‘Progress Express’ by Jack Waldenmaier
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2014 Safe and Accessible Playground

Hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons gathered at Arthur Ashe Charter School, a FirstLine School, in New Orleans to build a Safe and Accessible playground in just one day!

Visit for information on how you could help make the 2015 Safe and Accessible Playground Build in Las Vegas possible.

Prevent hand injuries in the kitchen this Thanksgiving

Leon Benson, MD shares turkey carving tips to keep you injury free this Thanksgiving.

2014 AAOS Diversity Award: Robert D. D'Ambrosia, MD

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

2014 AAOS Tipton Leadership Award: Gary E. Friedlaender, MD

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
What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

Eight months after his limb-threatening accident, Ari’s march down the aisle was a testament to what patient determination — and advanced orthopaedic surgery — can achieve. Go, Ari.

Read Ari’s story and find your own inspiration at
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