Through the generations

By Sharon Johnson

Orthopaedic surgeons inspire protégés to excel

Founded in 1955, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) is the embodiment of a vision first articulated in 1952, in casual conversation between Alfred R. Shands Jr., MD, and Harold A. Sofield, MD. United by their commitment to relieve the pain and suffering of children learning to live with malformed and diseased spines, Drs. Shands and Sofield also shared a conviction that research was key to bringing more precision—and more promise—to the practice of orthopaedics.

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