Claudia Thomas, MD, wins 2008 Diversity Award

By Peter Pollack

Groundbreaking surgeon recognized for her efforts to bring women, minorities into the profession

To say that Claudia L. Thomas, MD, is qualified in the area of diversity might be a masterpiece of understatement. Dr. Thomas stands as the first female African-American orthopaedic surgeon in the United States. From her days organizing a sit-in at Vassar College to protest a lack of funding for a Black Studies program, to counseling and encouraging young orthopaedic residents, Dr. Thomas has championed the cause of diversity across all walks of her life. At the Annual Meeting, the AAOS honored Dr. Thomas for her efforts by presenting her with the 2008 AAOS Diversity Award.

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