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Release: Feb. 25, 2002

Joseph Buckwalter elected to Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa, has received an honorary membership into the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society. Buckwalter was inducted during the society's meeting Feb. 15 in Dallas, Texas.

The Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, named after the first woman certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, was founded in 1983 to enhance and advance careers of women in orthopaedics. Ruth Jackson completed her residency in 1930 with UI orthopaedic surgeon Arthur Steindler M.D. In 1945, Jackson established her own private clinic in Dallas where she practiced for 38 years.

Buckwalter, who completed medical school and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the UI, has helped advance the careers of women in orthopaedics. Andrea Saterbak, M.D., from St. Croix Orthopaedics in Stillwater, Minn., was one former UI resident who nominated Buckwalter.

"I am grateful for the support and tutelage I received under such an impressive individual.

Dr. Buckwalter's support for women in the field of orthopedics is unparalleled," Saterbak said. "His support for the women residents at the University of Iowa and throughout their careers following residency is clearly evident. He helped many in obtaining positions in coveted fellowships, and because of his influence, many have gone in to academic teaching positions."

Buckwalter's clinical interest lies in musculoskeletal oncology. His research has also covered arthritis, treatment of soft tissue injuries, and primary tumors of the skeleton and soft tissue. Buckwalter also has been involved in professional organizations, including the American Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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