John J. Callaghan, MD, FAOA, receives 2020 Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award

John Callaghan awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award by the AOA
John J. Callaghan, MD, FAOA, the Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Chair Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa, was recognized for his personal achievement and broad contribution to orthopaedics with the 2020 Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award. An acknowledged leader both nationally and internationally, Dr. Callaghan has extensively contributed to the areas of orthopaedic education and research. He has led as principle investigator of grants from OREF, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administration. 
His extensive leadership roles have included Secretary for The American Orthopaedic Association, ABOS officer, President for the International Hip Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Hip Society, the Knee Society, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, and the Iowa Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Callaghan is the recipient of numerous awards, including The American Orthopaedic Association’s Distinguished Clinician Educator Award in 2013.
During his virtual acceptance speech, Dr. Callaghan acknowledged the mentors who have advised and guided him along the way. He reflected upon a common question over the course of his career: why he decided to spend the time, energy, and passion contributing to various organizations across the orthopaedic profession. “The answer is simple,” he explained. “We are privileged to practice in one of the most innovative and dynamic areas of medicine in general and surgery, specifically. To maintain that position and to advance our field even further requires continual pursuit of research and education.”

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Thursday, July 30, 2020