Stephen A. Mendelson, MD, received the Golden Apple Award during Resident/Fellow Graduation on June 18, 2014, for the most outstanding contribution to resident education. Dr. Mendelson is an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
Freddie H. Fu, MD, received the George D. Rovere Award at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Meeting in July 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Selected by the Education Committee, this Award is given annually to an AOSSM member to recognize their contribution to sports medicine education and is presented to a member who has made one or more contributions to the educational function of the Society and to orthopaedic sports medicine.
Mark A. Goodman, MD, was selected by the ACMS Foundation to receive the Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award. This award is presented to a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and who serves as a role model for other physicians. One of the few tumor specialists in the tri-state area, Dr. Goodman has a national reputation as a specialist in orthopaedic oncology and musculoskeletal tumor surgery. Dr. Goodman received the award and was recognized at the ACMS Foundation Gala in March 2015 at Heinz Field.
MaCalus Hogan, MD, was selected by the AAOS to serve on the Mastery Model for Education initiative. The Academy is seeking representation from all anatomical and domain areas to gain a clear vision of the knowledge, skills, and behaviors throughout the profession. Participants will work with Ohio State University facilitators to capture all of the critical duties and tasks of an orthopaedic surgeon to create Mastery Model. Once the Model has been created, members will be surveyed to validate each task’s level of importance and frequency for the profession of orthopaedic surgery. This Model will help meet the educational needs of Academy membership throughout an orthopaedic surgeon’s career.
James Irrgang, PhD, was presented with the Paris Distinguished Service Award at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in February 2015 in Indianapolis, IN. The award honors an Orthopaedic Section Member whose contributions are of exceptional and enduring value and it provides an opportunity for the recipient to share achievements and ideas with the membership through a lecture presented at the meeting. To be eligible for the Paris Award, nominees must have made substantial contributions to the Orthopaedic Section through prominent leadership in advancing the interests and objectives of the Section, advanced public awareness of physical therapy, served as a role model to others, and used talents in writing, teaching and research to assist the Section in meeting its goals. Dr. Irrgang presented “Innovations and Implementation Strategies for Assessing and Improving the Value of Care Provided by the Physical Therapists.”
James D. Kang, MD, received the William S. McEllroy Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association. This prestigious award, presented by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association, recognizes a former resident of the University for their outstanding achievements and distinguished performance. Nominated by Dr. Freddie Fu, Dr. Kang was chosen for the Award from numerous outstanding nominations in recognition of his career as a distinguished scientist, surgeons, clinician, and scholar. In the fall of 2015, the McEllroy Award will be presented to Dr. Kang by Arthur S. Levine, MD, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences; John and Gertrude Petersen Dean, School of Medicine.
This is only a sampling of many noteworthy events. Please view our department Web site at pre.orthonet.pitt.edu and examine the “Accolades Go to Our Department” section in the POJ to read more about the accomplishments of our faculty and residents and the many events that occurred in our department over the past academic year.
Bryson Lesniak, MD, joined the Division of Sports Medicine in July 2014, as an associate professor. Born in Pittsburgh, Bryson received his medical degree in 2003 from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received his residency training at the University of Michigan, graduating in 2008. He completed his sports fellowship at UPMC in the class of 2008–09, before accepting a position at the University of Miami in the Division of Sports Medicine as an assistant professor. Bryson also served as fellowship director for sports medicine at the University of Miami since 2012.
Ozgur Dede, MD, joined the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in August 2014, as an assistant professor. Ozgur received his medical degree in 2001 and completed his residency training in 2010, both at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He was also a research fellow in our department from 2005–07. He completed clinical fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco in spine surgery; DuPont Hospital in Delaware in pediatric orthopaedic surgery; UPMC in pediatric orthopaedic surgery; and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in adult and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
Hang Lin, PhD, was appointed Research Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in March 2015. For five years, Dr. Lin previously served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering (CCME) under the directorship of Rocky S. Tuan, PhD.
Hongshuai Li, MD, PhD, was appointed Research Associate in the Division of Musculoskeletal Research in August 2014. Dr. Li was a postdoctoral associate in the Stem Cell Research Center and was mentored by Dr. Johnny Huard. With Dr. Huard’s departure, Dr. Li has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Division of Musculoskeletal Research in July 2015.
Thomas Lozito, PhD, was appointed Research Associate in October 2014. Since 2009, Dr. Lozito has worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering and is being mentored by Rocky Tuan, PhD.
Haruyo Yagi, PhD, was appointed Research Associate in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering (CMME) in April 2015. Since 2010, Dr. Yagi has worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering under the directorship of Rocky S. Tuan, PhD.