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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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‘Humanitarian Organizations’

Nominate a Member for the 2017 Humanitarian Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the AAHKS Humanitarian Award to be given at the 2017 Annual Meeting in November. AAHKS membership is required to nominate and to be nominated. The Humanitarian Award was established to recognize AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves through providing humanitarian medical services and programs with a significant focus on musculoskeletal diseases and… Read More

AAHKS Awards Brian S. Parsley, MD for Humanitarian Efforts

AAHKS is proud to award Brian S. Parsley, MD with the 2016 AAHKS Humanitarian Award for his humanitarian efforts with the Faith In Practice medical mission organization. Dr. Parsley has served in the organization for 20 years – completing 50 trips to provide surgical care to the poor of Guatemala. Some of his work includes co-leading screening clinics… Read More

AAHKS Members Get Involved

Many AAHKS members belong humanitarian organizations and volunteer their time and resources to provide care in underserved communities around the world. One organization, Faith in Practice, recently returned from a mission trip to Guatemala with several AAHKS members and created this video. If you’re interested in volunteering on a medical mission, you can find the organizations that AAHKS… Read More

Operation Walk Returns to Cuba

Since 2004, medical mission trips to Cuba had stopped due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. Now with improved relations, some travel restrictions have been lifted. According to the Tampa Tribune, AAHKS member Kenneth A. Gustke, MD will return to Cuba in November with his Operation Walk team and is happy to be going back. Full… Read More

AAHKS President on Guatemalan Mission

Dr. Parsley in Guatamala

Brian S. Parsley, MD, AAHKS President spent his birthday in Guatemala during a Faith in Practice mission trip with his team #426. With a full week of surgeries planned in Antigua, the team spent their time organizing equipment in the operating room, screening patients, and performing surgery. The majority of the Guatemalan population lives in extreme poverty and… Read More

Operation Walk 2014 Underway

Through Operation Walk USA 2014, an estimated 120 patients are receiving free joint replacements from 85 volunteer orthopaedic surgeons this week. The annual Operation Walk USA program is held during the entire first week of December, allowing for greater hospital, surgeon and medical staff participation. Operation Walk USA provides all aspects of treatment ─ surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and… Read More

Harpal S. Khanuja, MD Receives Humanitarian Award

Dr. Khanuja

The first annual Humanitarian Award was given to Harpal “Paul” S. Khanuja, MD for his humanitarian efforts as the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Operation Walk Maryland. Dr. Khanuja serves as an Assistant Professor, and the Chief of Adult Reconstruction, with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Operation Walk Maryland is a… Read More

Walk Strong Team on a Mission in Mexico

Walk Strong team

The Board and support team of the Walk Strong Foundation is on its fifth trip to Veracruz, Mexico, and will be making making two trips a year for the next 5 1/2 years. AAHKS members Michael Christie, MD, David DeBoer, MD, Jeff Hodrick, MD and Craig Morrison, MD provide hip and knee replacements for impoverished patients, training for orthopaedic residents… Read More