MORE Awards
The Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Awards — created by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) — recognizes and honors efforts by journalists that further the public’s understanding of musculoskeletal health issues and encourages healthy behaviors in the care of bones and joints. Read entry guidelines.

The 2016 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award winners were honored during an awards ceremony during the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) on May 5, 2016.

The 2016 MORE Award winners by category are:

  • Sean Gregory, TIME, “Let Them Play”
  • Linda Melone, Family Circle, “Repeat Offenders: Six ways old injuries can impact your health now”
  • Aviva Patz, Prevention Magazine, “9 things no one ever tells you about getting a knee replacement”
  • Karen Smith-Janssen, Prevention Magazine, “Your 5-step cure for bad ankles”
  • John Carpenter, Chicago Tribune, “Northwestern study uses technology to target baseball elbow injuries”
  • Whitney Evans, The Deseret News, “Looming surgery brings inspiration”
  • Markian Hawryluk, Houston Chronicle, “Leg up for elite dancers might lead to later problems”
  • Chris Lamb, Indianapolis Star, “Epidemic of injuries hits young athletes”
  • Victor R. Martinez, El Paso Times, “Back on track: Rare surgery helps 4-year-old El Pasoan”
  • Bill McLean, Daily North Shore/The North Shore Weekend, “North Shore Doctors Leave Global Footprints”
  • Angela Nicholas, The Sun News, “Total hip-replacement surgeries booming with aging population”
  • Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, “More recreational athletes means more joint and orthopedic injuries”
  • Lindsey Barton Straus,, “Counting pitches can save young players' arms but not always used”
  • Colleen Cappon,, “Knee replacements bringing more soldiers back to active duty”
  • Linda Carroll,, “Boy, 8, gets double hand transplant in surgical first”
  • Lisa Esposito, U.S. News and World Report, “When Your Diagnosis Is Osteoporosis”
  • Alexandria Hein,, “How rotator cuff injury may have affected Pacquiao fight”
  • Alexandra Dean,, “A mom wrote a letter to the NYC Ballet about her
    daughter’s disability”
  • Maggie Fox,, “What really solves knee pain? The answer might
    surprise you”
  • Agnes Pawlowski, Today Health, “Doctors transform the hands of boy born without
  • Dr. Maria Simbra, CBS Pittsburgh, “Younger patients opting for double knee replacements”
  • Steve Sullivan, KATV-Little Rock, “Russellville softball star finally has reason to


  • Serene Branson, CBS Los Angeles, “Radical surgery helps man survive rare injury after woman jumping to her death lands on him”
  • Ben Houser, ESPN, E:60 Profile: “Matt Harvey: The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Stacey Naggiar, NBC News, “Courageous Boy Receives World's First Double Hand Transplant”

Special Recognition

  •  •  David Rivera, Herzog and Company, “The Concert for Valor: Saluting America’s

Entry to the 2017 MORE Awards will open in June 2016!
If you have questions about the awards, please email



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