AAOS Report - April, 2006

Diversity, Humanitarian, Tipton Leadership Awards presented to Drs. White, Coughlin, Haynes

In recognition of an uncompromising life’s work in promoting professional excellence in himself and all those around him, irrespective of ethnicity or gender, the Academy presented Augustus (“Gus”) A. White III, MD, PhD, with the 2006 Diversity Award during this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Augustus A. White III, MD, PhD

The honor recognizes an AAOS fellow who has significantly contributed to the advancement of diversity in orthopaedics through the recruiting, mentoring and leadership of minority and women orthopaedists, and the treatment of diverse patient populations. The award includes an unrestricted $5,000 honorarium to help the recipient continue his or her work in diversity.

R. Richard Coughlin, MD, received the 2006 Humanitarian Award, in recognition of his outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States and abroad. Dr. Coughlin was one of the founders of the orthopaedic division of Operation Rainbow, a nonprofit organization providing free care to children in medically underserved countries.

R. Richard Coughlin, MD

He also established an orthopaedic rotation in overseas volunteerism through Orthopaedics Overseas, and provides free care to uninsured local dance performers. Dr. Coughlin donated his $5,000 honorarium to Orthopaedics Overseas.

Richard J. Haynes, MD

The winner of the first William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award was Richard J. Haynes, MD, in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the orthopaedic field. Established by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) to honor the ideals of Dr.

Richard J. Haynes, MD

Tipton’s career, the award will be bestowed each year on an Academy fellow who is a recognized leader among peers and is committed to the growth of orthopaedics.

Dr. Haynes has demonstrated his skills as a leader and educator in a variety of orthopaedic organizations during the past 30 years. He has been actively involved in teaching residents, and is an active mentor in the Academy’s Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). Dr. Haynes is currently president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received a $5,000 honorarium to use in promoting leadership in orthopaedics.


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