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.
“This award has special meaning to me because I was friends with (Dr.) Bill Tipton,” said Dr. Weiland. “He was a wonderful man, who had a passion for education, the orthopaedic profession and service.”
Dr. Weiland is considered a pioneer and one of the nation’s preeminent experts in microvascular surgery of the hand. He is an attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and professor of orthopaedic surgery and professor of surgery (plastic) at the Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York. He has been a visiting professor in almost all 50 states, has taught hand and microvascular surgery to fellows and residents for nearly 40 years, and has authored more than 250 research studies.
“There is no question that Dr. Weiland is one of the true pioneers in the field of microsurgery,” said James Urbaniak, MD, the Virginia Flowers Baker professor of orthopaedic surgery at Duke University. “Dr. Weiland has the vision to see the enormous value of this skilled technique in the reconstruction of severely traumatized extremities. He remains dedicated and committed to the expansion and teaching of this clinical subspecialty to the benefit of numerous patients as well as the clinical training of scores of both orthopaedic surgeons and plastic surgeons.”
Dr. Weiland earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University. He completed a general surgery internship at the University of Michigan and an orthopaedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1976, he joined the Johns Hopkins orthopaedic staff as chief of hand surgery. He is past president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He also is a former AAOS treasurer, and serves on the board of trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
While at the ABOS, Dr. Weiland was directly involved in the creation of a Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery, a first for orthopaedic surgery, requiring the collaboration of three boards: ABOS, the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS).
“Dr. Weiland’s diplomacy was a key ingredient in making this happen,” said Peter J. Stern, MD, the Norman S. and Elizabeth C.A. Hill professor and past chairman of orthopedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “He understands the importance of respect for dissenting opinions, building consensus through open discussions, listening and acknowledging the concerns of others, and being inclusive rather than exclusive.”
Most recently, his residents, fellows and colleagues established the Weiland Medal (within ASSH) to annually recognize a mid-career scientist who has made substantive contributions to hand surgery.
Dr. Weiland lives with his wife, Nancy G. Weiland, PhD. The couple has two grown children: Sarah Weiland Holland, MD, and Daniel E. Weiland, MD; and six grandchildren.
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