The Department of Orthopaedics has established an endowment to advance research and support musculoskeletal education. Lawrence C. Hurst, Marie A. Badalamente, and Edward D. Wang contributed to this endowment fund with a $10,000 gift that stems from a national award that the group received from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) earlier in the year.
“Establishing the endowment and using part of the funds from our award is the right thing to do for the department, residents, and patients,” said Hurst, who is chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. “We should all give back, and this is one way to sustain our success as a department.”
Hurst, Badalamente, and Wang were the recipients of the AAOS Clinical Research Award, a prestigious national award given annually. They received the award for their innovative research during the past decade on the use of collagenase in the treatment of two fibroproliferative disorders—Dupuytren’s disease, a debilitating hand disorder, and frozen shoulder.
The Clinical Research Award included a cash prize of $20,000, half of which the SBUMC research team will give back to the department.