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. Friedlaender is one of the preeminent orthopaedic oncology surgeons, and among the longest serving orthopaedic chairs in the U.S., presiding in that capacity at Yale for 29 years. He is the Wayne O. Southwick Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and a professor of pathology at Yale University School of Medicine. He also serves as the director of orthopaedics, and the director of the sarcoma program at Smilow Cancer Hospital, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Through these positions, Dr. Friedlander has mentored and educated hundreds of young orthopaedic surgeons.
“He’s a scientist, he’s a clinician, he’s a teacher, he’s a leader and he’s a good human being,” said YaleNewHavenHealth SystemandYale-New Haven Hospital President and CEO Marna P. Borgstrom.
“Dr. Gary E. Friedlaender has made significant contributions to the profession of orthopaedics as a true expert and an early investigator in basic science research in the area of tissue transplantation and bone grafting,” said Brian G. Smith, MD, professor and director of pediatric orthopaedics at Yale University who nominated Dr. Friedlaender for the Tipton Award. He also “has been instrumental in developing some of the limb salvage techniques in orthopaedic oncology surgery as well as doing some of the basic science research in this field. This has been of great benefit to his patients who still come from long distances to seek his care and attention for their orthopaedic musculoskeletal tumors.”
For young orthopaedic surgeons, “his mentorship and his wise counsel really exemplifies his status as a master teacher and role model in orthopaedics to the future generation of our profession,” said Dr. Smith. “I think he has always felt that the best physician, the best orthopaedist, is one that is well educated, not just in orthopaedics, but well immersed in our world.” He cited Dr. Friedlaender’s long-standing support of a book club for Yale residents and faculty as one of the many ways that he fosters fellowship and personal growth.
“Leadership is not about getting your own way,” said Dr. Friedlaender. “Leadership is really about causing, coaxing and inspiring people to do the right thing. (Dr.) Bill Tipton was an exceptional mentor and role model for leadership, respect, diversity and fellowship. His values have been immortalized and adopted as core values of the American Academy of Orthopaedics, and I’m humbled to be this year’s reason to reflect upon Bill Tipton’s important legacy.”
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) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). In addition, Dr. Friedlaender chaired the National Arthritis Board (NIAMS/NIH) and is the recipient of the Kappa Delta and Nicholas Andry awards for orthopaedic research.
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