The mission of the GOS Foundation is to advance the orthopedic education and well-being of patients, orthopedic surgeons, and residents in orthopedic training programs.

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AWARD PROGRAMS

The GOS Foundation (GOSF) annually funds two Awards that are presented at the Georgia Orthopaedic Society (GOS) annual meeting.  First, is the Thomas E. Whitesides Award given to the orthopaedic Residents from the 4 residency programs in Georgia for the best research presentation.  It encourages goal driven scientific and clinical research with a competition having reward.  Orthopaedic surgeon members of the GOS serve as Judges and are chosen by the GOSF Board of Directors each year and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners present their research at the annual meeting.  The award had its origin in 1958 by Dr. Floyd “Ted” Bliven, the orthopaedic program director at the Medical College of Georgia.  What started out as a $50 award and plaque for the best paper, is now given to the top 3 papers with $1500 to 1st place, $1000 to 2nd place, and $500 to 3rd place.  The competing residency programs include:  Augusta University at MCG, Emory University, the Atlanta Medical Center, and the Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta.  In 2001 the annual awards were named after Thomas E. Whitesides, MD who spent his orthopaedic career in academics at Emory University and was himself a winner of the prestigious American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Kappa Delta Award which is given for original scientific research.  Winners from the past 5 years include:

2021 Resident Award Winners:

*First Place - Brian Burke, DO – Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center

*Second Place - Alex Webb, MD – Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

*Third Place - Colton Webber, MD - Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University 

2020 Resident Award Winners:

*First Place - Rahul Goel, M.D.  Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

*Second Place - Thomas Neustein, M.D.  Emory University Department of Orthopaedics  

*Third Place - Gregory Kurkis, M.D. Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

2019 Resident Award Winners:

*First Place - Rahul Goel, M.D.  Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

*Second Place - Nischal Nadig, D.O.  Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center

*Third Place - B. Gage Griswold, M.D.  Augusta University, Department of Orthopaedics

2018 Resident Award Winners:

*First Place - Ryan Eggers, M.D., MA, BSE.  WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

*Second Place -Adam Boissonneault, M.D.  Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

*Third Place - Matt Lunati, M.D.  Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

2017 Resident Award Winners:

*First Place - Ian Gao, M.D. Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

*Second Place - David Shau, M.D., MBA; Emory University Department of Orthopaedics

*Third Place - Jimmy Daruwalla, M.D. Emory University Department of Orthopaedics 


The second award funded annually by the GOS Foundation is the Jim Funk, Jr, MD   Distinguished Service Award.  This accolade is given to an individual who has differentiated themselves in service to improve both the health of citizens and the practice of Medicine by physicians in Georgia.  The award is not limited to orthopaedic surgeons and was first given in 2005 to state Senator Preston Smith for his leadership in Legislative healthcare reform.  This award is named for Dr. Jim Funk who was one of the founders of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Atlanta and an early leader of the GOS, who spent his entire career performing charitable work both in the United States and internationally.  His orthopaedic service in Haiti is a legacy continued to this day by orthopaedists from many countries.  The Award winners are:

Leland C. McCluskey, M.D. (2021)

Stephen M. McCollam, M.D. (2020)

Charles N. Hubbard, M.D. (2019)

Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (2018)

David F. Apple, Jr., M.D. (2017)

Howard A. McMahan M.D., Major General Ret. USAF (2016)

Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (2015)

James W. Scott, M.D. (2014)

John C. Garrett, M.D. (2013)

Robert Wells, M.D. (2012)

Edward Loughlin, M.D. (2011)

Senator Greg Goggans (2010)

Thomas E. Whitesides. M.D. (2009)

George Wright, M.D. (2008)

Skoot Dimon, M.D. (2007)

Frank Kelly, M.D. (2006)

Senator Preston Smith (2005)

 

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