March 2002 AAOS Report

AAOS presents annual Humanitarian Awards

At the Annual Meeting, AAOS presented the annual Humanitarian Awards to David Apple, MD, and Charles C. P. McConnachie, MD. Dr. Apple left his orthopaedic practice in 1975 to develop a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in Atlanta. The Shepherd Center is now the country's largest catastrophic care hospital, treating spinal cord and brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular problems and urological conditions. Dr. McConnachie has devoted his life to caring for people in the Transkei region of the Republic of South Africa. In 1984, Dr. McConnachie and his wife, Jenny, founded the African Medical Mission, to provide quality medical care in South Africa and to support the Bedford Orthopaedic Center, the only orthopaedic hospital in the area that serves about 4 million people.

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