OTA celebrates 25 years

By Annie Hayashi

Organization’s history spans 32 years

Ramon B. Gustilo, MD; Edwin G. Bovill, Jr., MD; and Michael W. Chapman, MD, were academic traumatologists practicing in underfunded city hospitals in January 1977. The three men were having lunch across the street from San Francisco General Hospital—the first Level I trauma center in the United States—discussing the unique and formidable challenges they faced. That conversation led to the eventual formation of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA).

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