Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Chairman, Building Orthopaedics


Published 6/1/2015

Building Orthopaedics Comes to a Successful Conclusion

Building Orthopaedics: The Foundation for Our Future Capital Campaign has been the shared vision of the AAOS, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) to build a new orthopaedic headquarters. This facility is now the home of an expanded state-of-the art OLC and the staff and operations for 25 orthopaedic organizations.

The initial planning for the Building Orthopaedics Capital Campaign began in June 2013. The campaign was launched to the public at the AAOS Annual Meeting in March 2014. A Steering Committee, chaired by Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, with Howard J. Sweeney, MD serving as the Honorary Chair, worked to identify and solicit prospective donors. As of the campaign’s conclusion on April 15, 2015, 390 individuals, corporations, clinics, and hospitals supported this successful fundraising effort.

Corporate support made up for 49 percent of the revenue generated. Individual contributions accounted for 31 percent of the donated funds. Clinics, residency programs, foundations and hospitals were responsible for 20 percent of the support.

The names and logos of the companies that made generous contributions to the Building Orthopaedics Capital Campaign are prominently displayed on the Donor Wall located in the reception area of the new orthopaedic headquarters.

Donors had the opportunity to restrict their contributions to either the new headquarters building or to support the new state of the art OLC. The OLC received 79 percent of the restricted funds and the new orthopaedic headquarters received 7 percent of the support. Unrestricted contributions accounted for 14 percent of total donations.

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Chairman, Building Orthopaedics

Based on a feasibility study, the campaign’s original revenue goal was $7 million. As the success of the campaign continued, this goal was increased, first to $8 million, and finally to $10 million.

The Campaign Steering Committee members provided the Building Orthopaedics Campaign their time and attention for 2 years. The many significant campaign contributions from individuals, clinics, and industry are a result of the committee’s commitment and hard work. The active participation of the project’s equity partners— AAOS, AANA, AOSSM, and the OLC—included providing the campaign access to both the membership and volunteer leadership of these organizations.

All donor names will be permanently displayed on a large Donor Wall that is centrally located in the reception area of the new orthopaedic headquarters. Recognition on the Donor Wall is based on giving level. Donors as of Jan. 7, 2015, were recognized on the Donor Wall at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in February 2015. Additional donor names will be added this fall.

The campaign has officially concluded; however, the opportunity to support this fundraising effort is still available. If you would like more campaign information, contact Barbara Hoffman, administrator, executive office at or 847-384-4041.

Thank you to all who have supported this successful capital campaign. Your support is greatly appreciated.