The Diversity Award recognizes living Academy Fellows and Emeritus members who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding commitment to making orthopaedics more representative of and accessible to the diverse population it serves.
Mark H. Gonzalez, MD, MEng, is honored with the 2013 AAOS Diversity Award for his 25-year commitment to practicing and promoting Culturally Competent Care, providing care to underserved patient populations, andrecruiting, training, and mentoring female and ethnically or racially diverse medical students and residents.
Dr. Gonzalez is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Under his leadership, UIC accepted its first female African-American orthopaedic resident, Dr. Sharon Walton, and first female orthopaedic faculty Dr. Aimee Brasher. Due largely to his continued efforts, half of the program’s residents are female or from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds.
With the vast, diverse, and underserved patient population Chicago offers, Dr. Gonzalez embraces the opportunity to treat these patients with culturally competent care and works diligently to reduce healthcare disparities they face. He has previously practiced as Chairman of Orthopedics and Chief of Hand Surgery at Cook County Hospital for more than 20 years. Leading by example, Dr. Gonzalez is training a diverse group of orthopaedic residents to address the musculoskeletal issues of patients with understanding and sensitivity to their cultural needs and preferences.