The McGowan Institute is pleased to announce that the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Research Development Committee and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) have selected Hans-Christoph Pape, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Chief, Division Orthopaedic Traumatology, University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and McGowan Institute faculty member, to receive the 2008 OREF Clinical Research Award. Dr. Pape received this recognition for his paper, “Effects of Changing Strategies of Fracture Fixation on Immunologic Changes and Systemic Complications After Multiple Trauma: Damage Control Orthopaedic Surgery.”
This award, one of four Kappa Delta Awards presented annually, is considered to be the most prestigious award available to Orthopaedic Surgeons and the only one available for clinical research. This award brings a tremendous amount of recognition to Dr. Pape for his groundbreaking research into the management of orthopaedic trauma.
As noted by Dr. Freddie Fu, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, “This announcement brings further recognition to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as this is the fourth time in five years a faculty member has received Kappa Delta recognition. Constance Chu, MD, won the young investigator award in 2007 and Johnny Huard, PhD, received this same recognition in 2004. Dr. Paul Robbins received Kappa Delta recognition for basic science research in 2005.”
About the award: In 1994, the Board of Trustees of the OREF determined the need to encourage clinical research in orthopaedics. The Board created the OREF Clinical Research Award, and approved funding of $20,000 annually, beginning in 1995. This award recognizes outstanding clinical research related directly to musculoskeletal disease or injury. Eligible applicants must be members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, or the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. The winning paper is presented by the author at the Orthopaedic Research Society's annual meeting, and the award is presented to the recipient by an OREF representative at the Academy's annual meeting during the Kappa Delta Award presentations.
Congratulations, Dr. Pape!
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