Gary E. Friedlaender, MD, FACS, is the 2014 recipient of the William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes one academy member each year who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities that have benefitted the orthopaedic community, patients, and/or the American public. The award honors the life of the late William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, FACS, an orthopaedic surgeon, educator, and former AAOS chief executive officer. Dr. Friedlaender, a preeminent orthopaedic oncology surgeon, researcher, and mentor to hundreds of young orthopaedic surgeons, received the award earlier this year at the 2014 AAOS annual meeting.
Faruk Koreishi, MD, FACS, of Buffalo, NY, was recently recognized by the Ross Eye Institute, Buffalo, as Community Ophthalmologist of the Year. The Ross Eye Institute provides diagnostic, treatment, and surgical services; serves as a research center for diseases of the eye; and provides education to medical personnel in Western New York. Dr. Koreishi received the award, which recognizes his leadership and community service, at the Vision Beyond Sight Foundation’s first annual “Eye Ball.” Dr. Koreishi established his practice in Buffalo in 1975 and currently is with the Retina Consultants of Western New York. He is a clinical assistant professor at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
Dan Poenaru, MD, FACS, FRCSC, originally from Kingston, ON, and now practicing at MyungSung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, received the seventh annual Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in recognition of his longstanding commitment to providing surgical care to needy children throughout Eastern Africa. The prestigious award is given annually to a physician or surgeon who exceeds expectations by providing health care throughout the world while exhibiting altruism, courage, and integrity.
In 2003, Dr. Poenaru moved with his wife and two children to Kenya to pursue a humanitarian surgical practice with Africa Inland Mission and BethanyKids, two faith-based organizations. Since then, Dr. Poenaru has helped build a quality pediatric surgical unit that provides care and treatment to thousands of children each year, often in the middle of civil unrest and in refugee camps. Dr. Poenaru also established the first accredited pediatric surgery training program in Eastern Africa and is now assisting former graduates of the program to set up BethanyKids pediatric surgical units across the continent in an effort to treat more children.