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Tipton Leadership Award

The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes AAOS Active Fellows or Candidate members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities that have led to benefits for the orthopaedic community, patients and/or the American public.

This award is presented each year at the AAOS Annual Meeting. Recipients receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Candidates for the award will be evaluated for activities that include:

  • A recognized leader among peers
  • Reliability and dedication
  • A commitment to growth and prestige of orthopaedics
  • Significant accomplishments as a leader
  • Values diversity and demonstrates it
  • Fosters a win-win attitude
  • Is an outstanding mentor
  • Is a team player and builder
  • Is committed to bridge building

Who is Eligible?

  • Nominees must be an AAOS Active Fellow or Candidate Member eligible for Fellowship.
  • Nominees must not have served on the Board of Directors, AAOS Awards Committee or former Membership and Leader Development Committee for the last three years.

Who May Nominate/Sponsor?

  • Cannot be a member of the Board of Directors or AAOS Awards Committee
  • Must be an AAOS Member; Resident members are eligible to nominate candidates, as well

2024 Tipton Leadership Nomination Form (closed)

AAOS Awards Policy

Alex Jahangir, MD, Receives Tipton Leadership Award

The AAOS presented its 2023 William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award to Alex Jahangir, MD, FAAOS.

The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes AAOS members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities that have benefitted the orthopaedic community, patients and/or the American public. The award honors and celebrates the life, accomplishments and qualities of the late William W. Tipton Jr., MD, an orthopaedic surgeon, educator and former AAOS chief executive officer.

“The greatest honor of my professional career is receiving the William W. Tipton Jr. Leadership Award. Ours is a specialty that disproportionately produces many leaders in our practices, our communities and our nation. I am extremely humbled to be recognized as a Tipton honoree when so many other leaders in orthopaedics are equally deserving,” Dr. Jahangir said.

Learn more about Dr. Jahangir and the 2023 William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award

Previous William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award Winners

Andrew W. Gurman, MD, FAAOS
2022 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, FAAOS
2021 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award

Scott Beecher Scutchfield, MD, FAAOS
2020 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award

Dana C. Covey, MD, FAAOS
2019 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award

Ramon Jimenez, MD, FAAOS
2018 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award

William J. Robb, MD, FAAOS
2017 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award