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Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award recognizes AAOS Active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, and International members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad.

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:

  • Give of himself or herself regardless of compensation
  • Provide services without expectation of remuneration
  • Provide services to all equally, impartially, cooperatively and neutrally
  • Embrace common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility and compassion
  • Respect and embrace human diversity
  • Improve the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative, and compassionate acts
  • Efforts to bring healthcare access to the underserved (also include humanitarian efforts organization if applicable)
  • Measurable and/or tangible impact of humanitarian activities by candidate
  • Number of patients/people impacted by candidate’s humanitarian activities

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be an AAOS Fellow, Emeritus Member or International member who has distinguished himself or herself through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad
  • Cannot have served on the Communications Cabinet within the three years prior to the award year
  • Must have demonstrated an exemplary and outstanding commitment to musculoskeletal-focused humanitarian activities, either domestically or abroad
  • Only one nominee may be nominated (not a joint nomination)

Who May Nominate/Sponsor?

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

2023 Humanitarian Award Nomination Form

AAOS Awards Policy

Keith S. Feder, MD, Receives AAOS’ 2022 Humanitarian Award

AAOS presented its 2022 Humanitarian Award to Keith S. Feder, MD, FAAOS, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The Humanitarian Award honors AAOS members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad. Dr. Feder was recognized for more than 25 years of humanitarian efforts, serving economically challenged student- athletes and bringing healthcare access to underserved communities.

“It is an honor to be recognized by AAOS as a humanitarian,” said Dr. Feder. “My sincere hope is that this award will increase awareness of the young, underserved student-athletes in the United States who do not receive the high-quality orthopaedic sports medicine care and core services that they need and deserve.”

Dr. Feder is known for founding the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing economically deprived high school students with an opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports, promoting fitness, and expanding access to high-quality sports medicine care and services designed to improve health and ensure safety.

Learn more about Dr. Feder and the 2022 Humanitarian Award.

Previous AAOS Humanitarian Award Winners

David M. Atkin, MD, FAAOS
2021 Humanitarian Award Winner

Steven J. Meyer, MD
2020 Humanitarian Award Winner

Sameer Attar, MD, FAAOS
2019 Humanitarian Award Winner

Rick D. Wilkerson, MD, FAAOS
2018 Humanitarian Award Winner

David A. Spiegel, MD, FAAOS
2017 Humanitarian Award Winner