AAOS Bulletin - April, 2006

Richard J. Haynes, MD, receives first Tipton Award

In recognition of his outstanding leadership in the orthopaedic field, Richard J. Haynes, MD, received the inaugural William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award during the 2006 AAOS Annual Meeting in Chicago. Established by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) to honor the ideals of Dr. 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.

(From left) As William J. Robb III, MD, looks on, Patricia Tipton, wife of the late William W. Tipton Jr., MD, presents the inaugural Tipton Leadership Award to Richard J. Haynes, MD.

“We received many applications from across the country and from all aspects of our specialty,” said William J. Robb III, MD, who heads the Tipton Leadership Award Committee and is a member of the OREF Board of Trustees. “Many of the candidates possess the leadership traits the committee was looking for, but it’s relatively unusual to find leaders who lead in every organization they’re involved in. Dr. Haynes has worked tirelessly in a wide range of orthopaedic organizations during his career, and with very little fanfare. That’s really what set him apart from the many other worthy candidates.”

Throughout his more than 30-year orthopaedic career, Dr. Haynes has demonstrated his innate skills as a leader and educator in a variety of organizations across his specialty—including two state orthopaedic societies and a regional society, as well as the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the AAOS. He has been actively involved in teaching residents at 10 orthopaedic residency programs, and is dedicated to the Academy’s Diversity Committee and the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). Dr. Haynes is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including POSNA’s 2005 Distinguished Service Award; he served as president of the Western Orthopaedic Association in 2004–2005, and is currently president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

About the award

The award honors Dr. Tipton, the highly regarded AAOS executive vice president and chief executive officer who led the Academy for a decade.

“After his death last spring, a group of his friends got together and wanted to create a memorial—an endowment in his name,” Dr. Robb explained. “Dr. Tipton exemplified leadership, passion and dedication to fellow orthopaedic surgeons, staff and the entire medical community. I was just one of his many friends and colleagues who wanted to recognize his unique character and the contributions he made during his career.”

William W. Tipton, MD

As a result, OREF created an endowment fund and leadership award in Dr. Tipton’s name, with substantial support from the Academy, regional and state subspecialty orthopaedic societies, friends and colleagues. Each year, the award recipient will receive a $5,000 donation to use toward promoting leadership in orthopaedics.

Dr. Haynes: Empowering staff, inspiring patients

As chief of staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston, Dr. Haynes is known for empowering his staff, inspiring patients and enhancing the profession—modeling the ideals set forth by Dr. Tipton.

“I believe leadership is an extremely important aspect of my job and in furthering the orthopaedic profession,” said Dr. Haynes, who was “speechless” upon learning that he would receive the prestigious award. “By collaborating, building bridges and networking among peers, we can enhance our work and better serve our patients.”

Dr. Haynes has consistently promoted cultural sensitivity, patient care and diversity across the orthopaedic field, according to Ellen M. Raney, MD, chief-of-staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu. “Through his leadership efforts, he has gone beyond advocating for important issues to effecting real change.”

A native of Texas, Dr. Haynes received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and began his medical career in the U.S. Army. He completed his internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and his residency at Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, N.J., and at the Letterman Army Medical Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. Dr. Haynes then completed his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Shriners Hospital for Children in San Francisco.

During his tenure in the U.S. Medical Corps, Dr. Haynes rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and served another decade in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring from duty as a colonel. After leaving the military, Dr. Haynes pursued academic leadership, serving as director of pediatric orthopaedics at the Phoenix Orthopaedic Residency Training Program in Arizona. Dr. Haynes has served as chief-of-staff at Houston’s Shriners Hospital since 1997.


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