Dr. Roschelle’s family foundation to fund grant

Ira A. Roschelle, MD, has found a way to combine the two central elements in his life: his family and orthopaedics. About a year ago, Dr. Roschelle established the Ira A. Roschelle, MD, Family Foundation for his family’s future and his legacy. Now, the foundation will support a Resident Research Grant through the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF).

The foundation is a New Jersey charitable organization, directed by Dr. Roschelle and his children. “I established the foundation because I have always considered charity to be exceedingly important and because I wanted to have control over my gifting,” said Dr. Roschelle.

“I wanted to create a situation where my children, working together, will be involved in giving,” he said. “It is a project that they can do together as a family even though they’re geographically dispersed and have different professional interests.”

The foundation currently supports three different charitable ventures: liberal media causes, aspects of Jewish education, and medical research, specifically orthopaedics.

“I earned my money in orthopaedic surgery. I felt that I should give something back, and a proper area would be an area of orthopaedic research,” said Dr. Roschelle.

Through OREF, the Ira A. Roschelle, MD, Family Foundation will support one $15,000 Resident Research Grant in 2006. The resident grant appealed to Dr. Roschelle because he realized that his foundation could support one entire grant at that level. He also wants to encourage residents toward careers in research.

“I was especially interested in giving to research at the resident level because there was no such money available to me when I was a resident, and I would have liked to have had some,” he recalled.

“I also think it’s a way to give a resident an opportunity to try research and consider it as part of his or her orthopaedic career,” he said.

Dr. Roschelle will have a chance to select from resident grant applications after the members of OREF’s peer review committee have reviewed them and made their recommendations for funding. He hopes to pick one that is interesting to him, and plans to keep in contact with the resident conducting the research as the project progresses. Research is important to advance orthopaedics, according to Dr. Roschelle.

“Orthopaedic surgeons contribute by diagnosing and healing conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Research provides new areas of intervention and techniques. We’re all trained to be pretty good surgeons; the only thing that could make us better as professionals is to have new things to do,” he said.

Recalling his residency, which was completed in 1964, Dr. Roschelle noted, “There was almost nothing to offer in joint replacements, and very little by way of bone grafting, electrical stimulation and arthroscopic approaches. All of these have come from subsequent research in orthopaedics.”

Dr. Roschelle hopes that the Ira A. Roschelle, MD, Family Foundation will be able to fund more orthopaedic research grants in the future. The foundation’s contribution was made to OREF’s 2005 Annual Campaign. In 2005, OREF received $15 million in total contributions.

For more information about OREF’s Annual Campaign, please contact Ed Hoover at hoover@oref.org or (847) 384-4354, or Maria Aguirre at aguirre@oref.org or (847) 384-4357.

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