The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes living AAOS Fellows or Candidate Members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities that have led to benefits for the orthopaedic community, patients and/or the American public.
Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, a member of both the spine surgery (served as chair of the department for 10 years) and the musculoskeletal oncology divisions at the Mayo Clinic, is the honoree of the eighth 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. Yaszemski has led the way in research studies for both bone regeneration via tissue engineering technologies and sarcoma research, and directs the Polymeric Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering laboratory at the Mayo Clinic. He has been Chair of the AAOS Device Forum since 2006. He is currently in his 33rd year of service in the U. S. Air Force Reserve, having attained the rank of Brigadier General, and serves as the reserve military advisor to the President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
He continues to serve as a mentor at the Mayo Clinic, where he has supervised 140 Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows, visiting scientists and clinicians. He has been on the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program since its inception a decade ago.