Society Awards

Hall of Fame – Dr. Robert Stanton

Robert Stanton, MD

Robert A. Stanton, MD graduated from Williams College in 1968 with a BA degree in history. He attended Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons (72). While in medical school, Bob spent one year as the Edward John Noble fellow in the School of International Affairs at Columbia allowing him to pursue his long-time passion in International Diplomacy. He then completed two years in a General Surgery Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center before completing his Orthopaedic Residency at Yale (77). He moved to Fairfield, CT. and joined 3 other orthopaedists at Orthopaedic Specialty Group, PC. Under his leadership this practice has now grown to a 25 physician multispecialty musculoskeletal practice.

Bob first became interested in sports injuries as a child. Several minor injuries led to visits with one of his father’s good friends, Irv Glick, who at that time was the physician for the US Open. Bob was a member of the ski team and played rugby at Williams, continuing the latter in medical school and for several years after. This led to more interactions with the sports medicine world. He quickly realized that orthopaedic sports medicine was his passion.

Bob joined the AOSSM in 1982. It quickly became an extended family. Realizing that an organization is only as strong as its members, he volunteered for committee service. His first assignment was as a member of the Liaison Committee at its inaugural meeting in Sun Valley in 1989. This committee was spearheaded by past President Fred Allman and led to the founding of the Council of Delegates. Bob served on this committee from its founding, becoming Chairman (1996-9). This gave him a seat on the Board of Directors, and exposure to the outstanding leadership of the AOSSM. He was elected Secretary Elect (04), Secretary (05), and then joined the Presidential Line, serving as the 39th President of the AOSSM (2010-11). Bob considers this to be the highest honor of his life. After finishing his term, he was elected Chairman of the Medical Publishing Board (2014-19). He has served on and chaired numerous AOSSM committees including Publications, Public Relations, Member Benefit, Health Policy, Nominating and Hall of Fame. One of his proudest accomplishments was creating a History Committee while President, allowing the society to codify its history, including oral interviews with all of the living Past Presidents. He has also served on many committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). He was Chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee of the Connecticut State Medical Society. In 2015 he was the Godfather for the AOSSM Travelling Fellowship to Asia.

Dr Stanton has served as the Team Physician for Fairfield University for more than 35 years. He was a physician for the 1980 Winter Olympics, following which he joined the physician pool for the US Ski Team. Over 35 years of service he travelled to World Cup races throughout the world with these talented athletes. He serves as a physician for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. When not working, he can often be found in the spectacular garden designed by his wife Mandy doing the chores for which he was trained-weeding and mulching! His passion is polo, a sport he started in his early 40s. He has played in tournaments all over the East Coast and considers his horses amongst his closest friends. They always agree with whatever he says as long as a carrot is involved. Bob’s son James, wife Christina and grandsons Jack (11) and Ridley (9) live in Charleston, South Carolina.

Hall of Fame – Dr. Vincent McInerney

Vincent McInerney, MD

Dr. Vincent McInerney graduated Summa Cum Laude from St Peter’s University, Jersey City and from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School with honors. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at Seton Hall University / St. Joseph’s Health training program, he became one of the first Sports Medicine Fellows at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School trained by Bertram Zarins and Carter Rowe. While in Boston, Dr. McInerney worked with the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, in Dr. Henry Mankin’s Cartilage Lab, and at MIT developing neuromuscular training methods.

In 1982, Dr. McInerney returned to New Jersey as one of the first sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons in the state. He has served as an Assistant Dean, Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. He is Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program at St. Joseph’s Health affiliated with Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Dr. McInerney and his partners are team physicians for 24 high schools, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, and NJ Jackals baseball team at Yogi Berra Stadium. He was appointed a U.S. Olympic research associate, team physician, Elite Athlete Project member; and team physician at multiple National Olympic Sports Festivals. As Medical Director for USA Olympic and National Team Handball Teams, he was team physician at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996); the Goodwill Games in Moscow, USSR (1986), Seattle (1990) and St. Petersburg, Russia (1994) and Pan Am Games (1987). He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has lectured and been a visiting professor at numerous institutions and meetings.

Dr. McInerney is President and Founding Member of the NJ Orthopaedic Institute and conducts an active sports medicine practice. The driving force in his career is injury prevention and performance enhancement through proprioception, telemovement, and neuromuscular dynamics in conjunction with Robert Narcessian, his director of dynamical systems and Mike Decker, Rocky Mountain Consortium for Sports Research.

Dr. McInerney’s other leadership awards and accolades include:

  • AOSSM, Board of Directors (1995 – 1997)
  • Chairman, AOSSM Fellowship Match Committee (2015 – 2018)
  • Member, AOSSM Research, Education, Young Educators, and Council of Delegates Committees
  • Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association David G. Moyer Award (1994)
  • Timothy M. Hosea, M.D. ATSNJ Physician of the Year Award (2017)
  • Educator of the Year, Seton Hall University (1998) and NJ Excellence in Medicine Award (2006)
  • Ranawat Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association (2018)
  • AAOS, Board of Councilors Executive Committee, Chair Bylaws Committee (1999 – 2002)
  • President, NJ Orthopaedic Society (1993) and NJ Academy of Medicine (1997)

Dr. McInerney’s family is the joy of his life and is blessed by the friendship of so many AOSSM members who live and practice wonderful family and spiritual values.

Thomas A. Brady Award

Jesse C. DeLee, MD 

The Thomas A. Brady Award recognizes the service and dedication to sports medicine of those individuals who have made a mark on their local community.  Since 1999, the award has been given to an orthopaedic surgeon who has been dedicated to excellence in sports medicine on a local level, with local athletes. The final selection of the recipient of this award is made by the Council of Delegates’ Executive Committee, based upon nominations received from members of the Council.

Dr. Brady began his work in sports medicine in 1944, working as team physician for the Third Air Force Football Team. In 1968, he presented a plan to the Indiana State Medical Association to organize a sports medicine committee. The plan was approved, and Dr. Brady served as the first chairman. In the 1980s, he set up a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital to treat high school athletes. On Friday nights he would attend two or three football games, traveling around the city to make sure that these athletes had good medical care. Upon his retirement in the late 1980s, Dr. Brady was orthopaedic consultant to 16 public, 5 catholic, and 1 private high school in Indianapolis, as well as the athletic teams at DePauw University and Indiana Central College. Dr. Brady passed away in 2011.

George D. Rovere Education Award

Brian D. Busconi, MD

This award is given annually to an individual AOSSM member to recognize their contribution to sports medicine education over the years. The award recognizes significant contributions to the educational function of the Society and to orthopaedic sports medicine. Begun in 1989, the recipient is chosen by the Education Committee.

Dr. Rovere inaugurated the Society’s Instructional Course program, introduced at the 1985 AOSSM Annual Meeting, and was a leader in the AOSSM Conference on Strength Training and the Prepubescent. Dr. Rovere served as head of the Section of Orthopaedics at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, serving as team physician to all the university’s athletic teams. In addition, he was an orthopaedic consultant to the Carolina Thunderbirds ice hockey team, as well as numerous area high school teams. Dr Rovere passed away in 1988.

Note: The 2020 Robert E. Leach Award will be presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.


Research Awards

Cabaud Memorial Award

Lateral Extra-articular Tenodesis Alters Regional Distribution of Contact Stress in the Lateral Knee Compartment under Simulated Pivoting Loads: An In Vitro Study

Niv Marom, MD, Hervé Ouanezar, MD, Hamidreza Jahandar, MS, Zaid Zayyad, MS, Thomas Fraychineaud, BS, Daniel Hurwit, MD, Carl W. Imhauser, PhD, Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD, Andrew D. Pearle, MD, Danyal H. Nawabi, MD

The Cabaud Memorial Award is given annually by the Research Committee to the best full-length manuscript submitted that pertains to hard or soft tissue biology, in-vitro research, laboratory or “bench-type” research, or in-vivo animal research.

This award was established in 1986 to honor the life and contributions of Henry Edward (“Ed”) Cabaud III, MD. Dr. Cabaud graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, after which he served as a US Army Battalion Surgeon in Germany. He received the Outstanding Resident Award from Letterman Army Medical Center and later joined the staff at Letterman Army Institute of Research. In 1984 he was awarded the US Armed Forces Meritorious Service Medal for research. He also received the Merck Sharp & Dohme Award for research on the repair and replacement of ligaments and tendons with prosthetic devices. He became an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of California at San Francisco, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and was a member of AOSSM.

Dr. Cabaud passed away in 1985 at the age of 40. He was known as a gifted surgeon, brilliant researcher, and devoted family member. He had a legion of accomplishments for one so young and touched the lives of many through his varied activities.

O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award

Bridge-Enhanced ACL Repair is Non-Inferior to Autograft ACL Reconstruction at 2-Years: Results of a Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial

Martha M Murray, MD, Braden C Fleming, PhD, Gary J Badger, MS, The BEAR Trial Team, Dennis E. Kramer, MD Lyle J Micheli, MD and Yi-Meng Yen MD, PhD

The O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award is given annually by the Research Committee to the best full-length manuscript that pertains to clinical-based research or human in-vivo research.

Don H. O’Donoghue, MD has been called the Father of Sports Medicine in the United States. His early work on knee injuries led to the development of the subspecialty and started the interest in the care of athletes.

Dr. O’Donoghue was born in Iowa in 1901 and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He was the first orthopaedic resident at the University of Oklahoma in 1929 and stayed on to work as a pediatric orthopaedist in his early years. Dr. O’Donoghue was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Oklahoma, a position he held until 1974. In 1962, he published the first book in the United States on sports medicine, with three subsequent printings into the 1980s.

Dr. O’Donoghue chaired the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Committee on Sports Medicine. In 1972, he and 25 other orthopaedists formed the AOSSM, and Dr. O’Donoghue became its first president. His legacy is the foresight he had to recognize the importance of a specific approach to define athletic injuries by careful, systematic evaluation and then to treat them by anatomic repair or reconstruction. His pioneering work in the anatomy and biology laboratories led him to an understanding of the healing properties of ligaments and the mechanics of the knee. Dr. O’Donoghue theorized that anatomic repair of the ligamentous injury might give better results than non-surgical treatments and he recognized the importance of this area of orthopaedic knowledge.

Excellence in Research Award

A Hybrid Transtibial Technique Combines the Strengths of AM Portal and Transtibial Approaches: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

David P. Trofa, MD, Bryan M. Saltzman, MD, Keith T. Corpus, MD, Patrick M. Connor, MD, James E. Fleischli, MD, Dana P. Piasecki, MD

The Excellence in Research Award is given annually by the Research Committee to the best full-length manuscript submitted by a primary author under the age of 40 at the time of the Annual Meeting.

Fellows Best Clinical Science

Risk Factors for Recurrent Anterior Glenohumeral Instability Following a Primary Latarjet Procedure: A Prospective Analysis of 358 Patients

Justin W. Arner, MD, Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MC, USNR, Giovanni DiGiacomo, MD, Liam Peebles, Nicola de Gasperis, Petar Golijanin, Paolo Scarso, MD

The Fellow Research Awards are given annually by the Fellowship Committee to the best research submitted by abstract for the AOSSM Annual Meeting from a sports medicine fellow. The awards are given in two categories, Clinical Science and Basic Science.

Fellows Best Basic Science

Gene Expression in Meniscus Tears at the Time of Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy Predicts Osteoarthritis Progression

Joseph D. Lamplot, MD, Muhammad Rai, PhD, William P. Tompkins, Michael V. Friedman, MD, Eric Schmidt, PhD, Linda Sandell, PhD, Robert H. Brophy, MD

The Fellow Research Awards are given annually by the Fellowship Committee to the best research submitted by abstract for the AOSSM Annual Meeting from a sports medicine fellow. The awards are given in two categories, Clinical Science and Basic Science.

STOP Sports Injuries Award

Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury Is Associated with Increased Risk of Concussion in High School Athletes.

Ellen Shanley, PhD, Adam Lutz, PT, Charles A. Thigpen PhD, ATC, PT, R. Gil Gilliland MBA, ATC, John Thorpe Med, ATC, Michael J Kissenberth, MD

The STOP Sports Injuries Award recognizes outstanding research presented at the Annual Meeting related to youth sports injury prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation. The winner is selected by the STOP Sports Injuries Outreach Committee.

The STOP Sports Injuries campaign (www.stopsportsinjuries.org) began in 2010 to help create education and resources to prevent athletic overuse and trauma injuries in kids.

Herodicus Award

Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Treatment for Anterior Shoulder Instability: A US based study with 10 year follow up

Nicholas C. Duethman, MD, Christopher D. Bernard, BS, Devin Leland, BS, Aaron J. Krych, MD, Diane L. Dahm, MD, , Jonathan D. Barlow, MD, Christopher L. Camp, MD

The Herodicus Award is given annually by the Herodicus Society to the best resident paper accepted for the AOSSM Annual Meeting.


Publication Awards

AJSM Hughston Award

A Prospective Analysis of Patients with Anterior Versus Posterior Shoulder Instability: A Matched Cohort Examination and Surgical Outcome Analysis of 200 Patients

Andrew S. Bernhardson, MD, Colin P. Murphy, BA, Zachary S. Aman, BA, Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, and Matthew T. Provencher, MD, CAPT, MC, USNR

The Hughston Award is given annually for the most outstanding paper appearing in the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) in the prior year.

Jack C. Hughston, the founder of AJSM, is one of the pioneers in sports medicine.  Early on he recognized the need for immediate diagnosis and surgical correction of ligamentous injuries about the knee in order to achieve optimum results.  He performed numerous cadaver and clinical studies to develop the concept of anatomical repair of injured structures in the knee and developed a classification system based upon his clinical observations and studies.

Dr. Hughston served as President of AOSSM from 1974-75, Editor of AJSM from 1972-1990, and Chairman of AJSM from 1990-2001.  He also received the Mr. Sports Medicine Award from AOSSM in 1976.

Dr. Hughston was instrumental in organizing other physicians throughout the country to form AOSSM.  In the late 1970s, he developed what became AJSM, which evolved into the pre-eminent journal for orthopaedic sports medicine in the world.  For these two achievements alone he will be forever recognized as one of those having a true dedication to the field of sports medicine.

AJSM Systematic Review Award

Dynamic Stabilization of Syndesmosis Injuries Reduces Complications and Reoperations as Compared with Screw Fixation: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Alberto Grassi, MD, Kristian Samuelsson, MD, PhD, Pieter D’Hooghe, MD, Matteo Romagnoli, MD, Massimiliano Mosca, MD, Stefano Zaffagnini, MD, Prof., and Annunziato Amendola, MD

The Systematic Review award is given to the best systematic review paper submitted to the journal during a calendar year as determined by the editors of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. This award was established to encourage submission of high-quality systematic review papers, which add to the current knowledge of sports medicine.

Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Review Paper

Sex-Based Differences in the Incidence of Sports-Related Concussion: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Jennifer Cheng, PhD, Brittany Ammerman, BA, Kristen Santiago, BA, Bridget Jivanelli, MLIS, Emerald Lin, MD, Ellen Casey, MD, Daphne Ling, PhD

The T. David Sisk Awards recognize the best papers submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach in clinical, laboratory, and international research.

Dr. Sisk was a strong proponent of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach and served as the Chairman of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of Trustees when the creation of the new journal was proposed. He enthusiastically fostered Sports Health throughout its initial development and set the journal’s course for its current success. Dr. Sisk was a former AOSSM President, Hall of Fame inductee and active member in the sports medicine community throughout his esteemed career.  Dr Sisk passed away in July of 2009 and his legacy of teaching and collaboration continues.

Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper

Proximal, Distal, and Contralateral Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training on the Lower Extremities: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Eric N. Bowman, MD, MPH, Rami Elshaar, MD, Heather Milligan, PT, Gregory Jue, PT, Karen Mohr, PT, Patty Brown, PT, Drew M. Watanabe, BS, Orr Limpisvasti, MD

The T. David Sisk Awards recognize the best papers submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach in clinical, laboratory, and international research.

Dr. Sisk was a strong proponent of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach and served as the Chairman of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of Trustees when the creation of the new journal was proposed. He enthusiastically fostered Sports Health throughout its initial development and set the journal’s course for its current success. Dr. Sisk was a former AOSSM President, Hall of Fame inductee and active member in the sports medicine community throughout his esteemed career.  Dr Sisk passed away in July of 2009 and his legacy of teaching and collaboration continues.

Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best International Paper

Investigation of the Impact of Below-Knee Compression Garments on Markers of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Performance in Endurance Runners: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

A. Grethe Geldenhuys, MSc, BSc, Jeroen Swart, PhD, MPhil, MBChB, Andrew Bosch, PhD, MSc, BA, BSc

The T. David Sisk Awards recognize the best papers submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach in clinical, laboratory, and international research.

Dr. Sisk was a strong proponent of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach and served as the Chairman of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of Trustees when the creation of the new journal was proposed. He enthusiastically fostered Sports Health throughout its initial development and set the journal’s course for its current success. Dr. Sisk was a former AOSSM President, Hall of Fame inductee and active member in the sports medicine community throughout his esteemed career.  Dr Sisk passed away in July of 2009 and his legacy of teaching and collaboration continues.

OJSM William A. Grana Award for Best Original Research

Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair: Two-Year Results of a First-in-Human Study

Martha M. Murray, MD, Leslie A. Kalish, ScD, Braden C. Fleming, PhD, BEAR Trial Team, Benedikt L. Proffen, MD, Kirsten Ecklund, MD, Dennis E. Kramer, MD, Yi-Meng Yen, MD, PhD, and Lyle J. Micheli, MD

The William A. Grana Award, given by the AOSSM and the Editorial Board representatives from its partner organizations, honors the best original research published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine in the previous year.

The award is named for William A. Grana, MD, AOSSM Past President.

OJSM Douglas W. Brown Award for Best Review Paper

How Much Do Psychological Factors Affect Lack of Return to Play After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction? A Systematic Review

Benedict U. Nwachukwu, MD, MBA, Joshua Adjei, MD, Ryan C. Rauck, MD, Jorge Chahla, MD, PhD, Kelechi R. Okoroha, MD, Nikhil N. Verma, MD, Answorth A. Allen, MD, and Riley J. Williams III, MD

The Douglas W. Brown Award, given by the AOSSM and the Editorial Board representatives from its partner organizations, honors the best review paper published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine in the previous year.

The award is named for Douglas W. Brown, MD, AOSSM Past President.

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