Robert D. D'Ambrosia, MD, is honored with the 2014 AAOS Diversity Award for his commitment to practicing and promoting culturally competent care, providing care to underserved patient populations, and recruiting, training, and mentoring female and ethnically or racially diverse medical students and residents.
 
Dr. D'Ambrosia is a past AAOS President and a Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado where he also worked on the School of Medicine's Diversity Policy that helped increase student diversity to 9%. With the underserved Mexican and Native American patient populations Colorado offers, Dr. D'Ambrosia embraces the opportunity to treat these patients with culturally competent care and works diligently to reduce
the healthcare disparities they face. He was also pivotal in ensuring that the University of Colorado sports medicine faculty includes female practitioners to help address the needs of female sports teams.
 
Prior to his achievements in Colorado, Dr. D'Ambrosia's service to the Louisiana State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery spanned over 30 years. While Chair of the Department, he trained and mentored more than 100 LSU graduates. His contributions to the LSU program are so long-lasting, a lectureship and chair have been established in his
honor.
 
For more information about Dr. D'Ambrosia and the AAOS Diversity Award, visit aaos.org/awards.


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