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May 02, 2016

Academy announces 2016 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award winners

Media competition honors journalists for accurate bone and joint health-related stories

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 2, 2016)—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced the winners of the 2016 MORE Awards, presented annually to journalists who accurately report on bone and joint health topics that foster public awareness of musculoskeletal health issues. This distinguished group of journalists will be honored during an awards ceremony, held on Thursday, May 5 with the Academy’s National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

“With one in two Americans suffering from bone and joint conditions, the need for accurate information on musculoskeletal health is critical,” said Academy President Gerald R. Williams, MD. “The media continues to be our partner in disseminating helpful information to the public, educating them on various orthopaedic conditions and empowering them to explore various treatment options.”

This year’s 25 MORE Award winners represent a diverse group of health and medical writers, producers and freelance reporters from print, broadcast and online media outlets. Entries were judged by a panel of orthopaedic surgeons, and evaluated for overall quality, accuracy and effectiveness in promoting greater awareness of musculoskeletal health issues. The Academy also will give special recognition to producer Dave Rivera for a segment in the HBO special “The Concert for Valor: Saluting America’s Veterans,” on retired orthopaedic surgeon William Krissoff, MD.

The 2016 MORE Award winners by category are:

  • Sean Gregory, TIME, “Let Them Play”
  • Linda Melone, Family Circle, “Repeat Offenders: Six ways old injuries can impact your health now”
  • Aviva Patz, Prevention Magazine, “9 things no one ever tells you about getting a knee replacement”
  • Karen Smith-Janssen, Prevention Magazine, “Your 5-step cure for bad ankles”
  • John Carpenter, Chicago Tribune, “Northwestern study uses technology to target baseball elbow injuries”
  • Whitney Evans, The Deseret News, “Looming surgery brings inspiration” 
  • Markian Hawryluk, Houston Chronicle, “Leg up for elite dancers might lead to later problems”
  • Chris Lamb, Indianapolis Star, “Epidemic of injuries hits young athletes”
  • Victor R. Martinez, El Paso Times, “Back on track: Rare surgery helps 4-year-old El Pasoan”
  • Bill McLean, Daily North Shore/The North Shore Weekend, “North Shore Doctors Leave Global Footprints”
  • Angela Nicholas, The Sun News, “Total hip-replacement surgeries booming with aging population”
  • Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, “More recreational athletes means more joint and orthopedic injuries”
  • Lindsey Barton Straus,, “Counting pitches can save young players' arms but not always used”
  • Colleen Cappon,, “Knee replacements bringing more soldiers back to active duty”
  • Linda Carroll,, “Boy, 8, gets double hand transplant in surgical first”
  • Lisa Esposito, U.S. News and World Report, “When Your Diagnosis Is Osteoporosis”
  • Alexandria Hein,, “How rotator cuff injury may have affected Pacquiao fight”
  • Alexandra Dean,, “A mom wrote a letter to the NYC Ballet about her
    daughter’s disability”
  • Maggie Fox,, “What really solves knee pain? The answer might
    surprise you”
  • Agnes Pawlowski, Today Health, “Doctors transform the hands of boy born without
  • Dr. Maria Simbra, CBS Pittsburgh, “Younger patients opting for double knee replacements”
  • Steve Sullivan, KATV-Little Rock, “Russellville softball star finally has reason to


  • Serene Branson, CBS Los Angeles, “Radical surgery helps man survive rare injury after woman jumping to her death lands on him”
  • Ben Houser, ESPN, E:60 Profile: “Matt Harvey: The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Stacey Naggiar, NBC News, “Courageous Boy Receives World's First Double Hand Transplant”

Special Recognition
 •  David Rivera, Herzog and Company, “The Concert for Valor: Saluting America’s


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