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Feb. 15, 2005

UI Professor Emeritus To Receive Prestigious Award

Reginald R. Cooper, M.D., professor and emeritus head of orthopaedics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will receive a prestigious national award for his lifetime contributions to the field of orthopaedics.

The American Orthopaedic Association-Zimmer Award for Distinguished Contribution to Orthopaedics will be presented to Cooper in June 2005 during the association's annual meeting in Huntington Beach, Calif.

The $50,000 award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of the art and science of orthopaedics. It is bestowed on individuals who effectively confront issues or challenges facing the specialty and honors those who have enhanced and shaped the specialty. It recognizes sustained and substantial contributions and leadership to orthopaedic surgery through clinical, educational, research or other meritorious means.

Cooper is only the fourth recipient of the AOA-Zimmer Award, and the second from the UI to receive it. The previous UI winner was Ignacio V. Ponseti, M.D., UI professor emeritus of orthopaedics, who received the award in 2003.

A UI faculty member since 1962, Cooper served as head of the UI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 26 years. During his career he has served as president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the largest society of orthopaedic surgeons in the world. He also presided over the Orthopaedic Research Society and has received the Kappa Delta Award for outstanding orthopaedic research.

Cooper acted as chairman of the research advisory board and the medical advisory board for the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. He served on the advisory council of the National Institutes of Health for the Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic and Digestive Diseases, and was chairman of the board of trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

The UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is consistently ranked among the nation's 10 best by U.S.News & World Report magazine.

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Writer: Mike Sondergard

PHOTO: A photograph of Dr. Cooper is available upon request.