Published 4/26/2017

The Academy announces 2017 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award winners

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 26, 2017) — The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced the winners of the 2017 MORE Awards, presented annually to journalists who accurately report on bone and joint health topics, increasing public awareness of musculoskeletal health issues.

The winning journalists will be honored during an awards ceremony, held on Thursday, April 27 during the Academy’s National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

“It’s important to have trusted sources of information that increase the public’s knowledge of bone and joint conditions and issues,” said Academy President William J. Maloney, MD. “The media have been our partners in providing helpful information to the public and we’re honored to recognize them for their exceptional efforts.”

This year’s 22 winners represent a diverse group of health and medical writers, producers and freelance reporters from print, broadcast and online media outlets. Entries were judged by a panel of orthopaedic surgeons, and evaluated for overall quality and accuracy.
Health reporters can start entering stories for next year’s competition in June 2017 by emailing

The 2017 MORE Award winners by category are:


  • Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, “Pioneering elbow transplant at UCSF”
    Aaron E. Carroll, The New York Times, “Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise”
  • Jodie Jackson Jr., Columbia Tribune, “JOINT VENTURE: Cutting-edge procedure offers expanded options for transplant patients”
  • Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times, “Unhealthy state’s quiet healthcare revolution”
  • Pashtana Usufzy, Las Vegas Review Journal, “Rare procedure in US promises amputee quality of life”


  • Eric Adler,, “Missouri dancer, 15, a cancer survivor with a backward leg, inspires millions worldwide”
  • Jenna Flannigan, Healthline News, "Is It Safe to Hit the Tennis Court with a New Hip?”
  • Jessica Holbrook,, “Surgery aims to allow amputee to move and feel with prosthetic arm”
  • Michael J. Joyner, Sports Illustrated, “One female physician’s experience in a man’s world of pro sports medicine”
  • Nicole Kwan,, “Orthopedic surgeons cycle 3,000 miles to fundraise for free surgeries”
  • Kelly O’Shea, com, “Inside The OR: Ankle Replacement”
  • Robert Preidt,, “Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?”


  • David Collins, NBC WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore, “Teen athletes at risk of drug addiction”
  • Katharin Czink and Dina Bair, WGN-TV - Chicago, “Cartilage donation helping younger patients avoid joint replacement”
  • Nima Elbagir, Bharati Naik, Bryony Jones and Neil Bennett, CNN International, “The Aleppo doctors saving lives despite targets on their heads”
  • Abigail Eden and Rachel Coleman, Fox4 WDAF- TV, Kansas City, “Missouri dancer, 15, a cancer survivor with a backward leg, inspires millions worldwide”
  • Partha Nandi, ABC7 WXYZ - Detroit, “Knee surgery breakthrough allows joint repair by growing a new part of the damaged joint”
  • Lara Spencer and Thea Trachtenberg, ABC’s Good Morning America, “Metal Rods Support DU Gymnast’s Comeback”
  • Stephanie Valle, ABC 7 KVIA-TV, El Paso, “Soldiers get battle-ready in El Paso operating rooms”
  • Kathy Walsh, CBS4 - Denver, “Metal Rods Support DU Gymnast’s Comeback”


  • Karen Asp, Dr. Oz Magazine, “Listen To Your Hips”
  • Joann Guidry, Ocala Style Magazine, “Respect Your joints”

About the AAOS
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.

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