Skip to main
Share this page:

Awards & Recognitions

Recognizing Contributions to the Sports Medicine Profession

Society Awards

Every year, AOSSM recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to orthopaedic sports medicine and the Society. We congratulate all our member recipients for their hard work and dedication.

See All Society Awards See All Society Awards

Research Awards

AOSSM also hands out research awards to outstanding members who have made significant contributions to the sports medicine profession.

See All Research Awards See All Research Awards

Publication Awards

The Medical Publishing Group recognizes high-quality papers and content appearing in AOSSM's journal publications.

See All Publication Awards See All Publication Awards

Grant Awards

AOSSM offers a variety of grant opportunities to support continued research in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Past Grant Recipients Past Grant Recipients

Society Awards

Every year, AOSSM recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to orthopaedic sports medicine and the Society. We congratulate all our current member recipients for their hard work and dedication.

AOSSM Hall of Fame

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors given to a Society member who has contributed significantly to the specialty and set themselves apart.

  • Elizabeth A. Arendt, MD
  • James P. Bradley, MD
  • Edward R. McDevitt, MD

Thomas Brady

This award recognizes the service and dedication of those individuals who have made a mark on their local community. Thomas A. Brady, MD, was the father of sports medicine in central Indianapolis, beginning his work in 1944 as a team physician for the Third Air Force Football Team. In the 1980s, he set up a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital to treat high school athletes and attended football games, traveling around the city to make sure that these athletes had good medical care.

  • Michael J. Stuart, MD

John C. Kennedy, MD Lectureship

This lectureship is recognized in honor of past president, John C. Kennedy, MD, FRCS(C), supported by the Kennedy Family Endowment and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • Christopher Kaeding, MD

Robert E. Leach, MD Sports Medicine Leadership

Awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding service in the orthopaedic community and made numerous contributions to the specialty of sports medicine.
  • William E. Garrett Jr., MD, PhD

George D. Rovere

This award recognizes significant contributions to the educational function of the Society, commemorating George D. Rovere MD's extensive educational commitments

  • Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD

STOP Sports Injuries

Recognizing outstanding research presented at the Annual Meeting related to youth sports injury prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation.

Recipient: Julia V. Fink, DO

Research: Pitching Regimens and Prevalence of Injuries in Youth Fastpitch Softball Windmill Pitchers

AOSSM Circle of Honor

This award pays special tribute for distinguished service, contributions, and loyalty to AOSSM and the orthopaedic sports medicine profession.

  • Stanley Druckenmiller (2021)
  • Kenneth Langone (2021)
  • Michael McBrayer (2021)
  • Reinhold Schmieding (2021)

Research Awards

Cabaud Memorial

In honor of Henry Edward Cabaud, III, MD, this award recognizes the best full-length manuscript that pertains to hard or soft tissue biology, in-vitro research, laboratory or bench-type research, or in-vivo animal research.

2022 Recipient:

Proteomics Profile of Synovial Fluid in Patients with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
Robert H. Brophy, MD, Lei Cai, PhD, Qiang Zhang, PhD, R. Reid Townsend, MD, PhD, Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD

Excellence in Research

Recognizing manuscripts of various categories with a primary author 40 and under at the time of the Annual Meeting.

O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research

In honor of Don H. O'Donoghue, MD, this award recognizes clinical-based research or human in-vivo research.

2022 Recipient:

Can We Eliminate Opioids after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction? A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial

Toufic R. Jildeh, MD, Joseph S. Tramer, MD, Fabien Meta, MD, Vasilios Moutzouros, MD, Kelechi R. Okoroha, MD

Fellows Best Basic & Clinical Science

Awarded for the best research submitted by abstraction for the Annual Meeting from a sports medicine fellow.

Basic Science:
Biomechanical Analysis of Tibal Motion and ACL Graft Forces After ACLR With and Without LET at Varying Tibal Slopes

Stephanie Pearce, MD

Clinical Science: Isolated Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction for Recurrent Patellar Instability Regardless of Tibial Tubercle-Trochlear Groove Distance and Patellar Height: Minimum 5-Year Outcomes

Elizabeth Dennis, MD


Given annually by the Herodicus Society to the best resident paper accepted for the AOSSM Annual Meeting.

Preoperative MRI Offers Minimal Clinical Utility, Delays Access to Hip Arthroscopy, and Lack Cost-Effectiveness in Patients Aged 40 or Under with Classic Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: A Retrospective 5-Year Analysis

Prem Ramkumar, MD, J. Matthew Helm, MD, Ava S. Berrier, MD, Jose F. Vega, MD, Sercan Yalcin, MD, Kyle N. Kunze, MD, Joshua D. Harris, MD, Benedict U. Nwachukwu, MD

Bart Mann for the Advancement of Sports Medicine Research

In honor of AOSSM's first director of research Bart Mann, this award recognizes members serving as grant application reviewers for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award aims to support service to the profession, enhance professional development, and provide valuable clinical perspective and expertise to NIH study sections.

Publication Awards

American Journal of Sports Medicine Hughston

This award is for the most outstanding paper appearing in the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) in honor of the publication's founder, Jack C. Hughston, MD, one of the pioneers in sports medicine.

Osteochondroplasty and Labral Repair for the Treatment of Young Adults With Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Randomized Controlled Trial Femoroacetabular Impingement Randomized Controlled Trial (FIRST) Investigators. Olufemi R. Ayeni, Jon Karlsson, Diane Heels-Ansdell, et al

American Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review

This award was established to encourage submission of high-quality systematic review papers, adding to the current knowledge of sports medicine.

Shoulder Stabilization Versus Immobilization for First-Time Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Level 1 Randomized Controlled Trials. John W. Belk, Benjamin R. Wharton, Darby A. Houck, et al

Sports Health T. David Sisk

Dr. Sisk was a strong proponent of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, serving as the Chairman of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of Trustees when the creation of the new journal was proposed. This award recognizes the best papers submitted to Sports Health in clinical, laboratory, and international research.

Best Original Research: Kinesiotaping for the Rehabilitation of Rotator Cuff–Related Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Fábio Carlos Lucas de Oliveira, Benoit Pairot de Fontenay, Laurent Julien Bouyer, François Desmeules, Jean-Sébastien Roy

Best Review: Effects of Caffeine Supplementation on Physical Performance of Soccer Players: Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis. Raphael Einsfeld Simões Ferreira, Rafael Leite Pacheco, Carolina de Oliveira Cruz Latorraca, Rachel Riera, Ricardo Guilherme Eid, Ana Luiza Cabrera Martimbianco

Best International Paper: Combining the Copenhagen Adduction Exercise and Nordic Hamstring Exercise Improves Dynamic Balance Among Male Athletes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Wesam Saleh A. Al Attar, Oliver Faude, Mohamed A. Husain, Najeebullah Soomro, Ross H. Sanders

Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

The Douglas W. Brown Award recognizes the best review paper published in the journal.

Clinical Outcomes of Arthroscopic Tenodesis Versus Tenotomy for Long Head of the Biceps Tendon Lesions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies. Hongzhi Liu, Xinqiu Song, Pei Liu, Huachen Yu, Qidong Zhang, Wanshou Guo

The William A. Grana Award recognizes the best original research published in the journal.

Allogeneic Umbilical Cord Blood–Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Implantation Versus Microfracture for Large, Full-Thickness Cartilage Defects in Older Patients: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial and Extended 5-Year Clinical Follow-up. Hong-Chul Lim, Yong-Beom Park, Chul-Won Ha, et al

Back to top