The Humanitarian Award recognizes living Fellows, International, and Emeritus members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad.
David S. Hungerford, MD, of Cockeysville, Md., is the honoree for the AAOS 2013 Humanitarian Award for having distinguished himself through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Hungerford has furthered orthopaedic charitable work. He has completed several short-term mission trips to train orthopaedic surgeons in Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Liberia in procedure on behalf of CURE International and other organizations. He serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations to help each thrive within their communities and countries by providing medical equipment and training programs to disaster areas and mission hospitals in developing countries.
Dr. Hungerford helped create more than 10 hospitals in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. He provides state of the art hip and knee surgeries in some of the poorest countries to the neediest patients who, under normal circumstances, would never had access to such high quality medical care. These facilities now serve millions.
Dr. Hungerford retired in 2011 from Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery and The Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, but still participates in programs around the world to perform surgery in mission hospitals, and train local orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals in the latest surgical techniques as well as ways to improve their patient’s quality of life pre- and postoperatively.
For 29 years, the Hungerford family’s Tree of Life Foundation provided more than 1,500 grants to fund capital resource projects in support of health programs such as digging wells to provide clean water sources in the most impoverished communities in the world.
Dr. Hungerford also has been very involved in various Baltimore city rescue missions, job training programs and educational endeavors for the underprivileged.