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Sept. 22, 2005

PHOTO: Pictured (from left) are Edward Hanley, M.D., president of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA); Cheryl Blanchard, vice president of Zimmer; Reginald Cooper, M.D., University of Iowa; and Terry Light, M.D., chair of the AOA selection committee. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

UI Orthopaedic Surgeon Honored For Lifetime Of Achievement

Reginald R. Cooper, M.D., professor emeritus and former head of the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, is the latest winner of one of the American Orthopaedic Association's (AOA) most distinguished awards.

Cooper recently accepted the fourth annual AOA-Zimmer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics at the 118th annual AOA Meeting in Huntington Beach, Calif. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding leaders in orthopaedic surgery whose work results in sustained and substantial contributions and leadership through clinical, educational, research or other meritorious means. Cooper received the award and its accompanying $50,000 payment due to his role in enhancing and shaping the specialty of orthopaedics.

"I would like to thank the AOA and the selection committee for this prestigious honor. This award ranks among the top tier of all honors that I have received throughout my career," Cooper said. "To be selected by a group of peers for career lifetime achievements has great meaning. As I review the accomplishments I have made, I understand the critical role of many truly great persons that I have had the good fortune to work with over many years."

Cooper served as professor and head of the UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation from 1973 to 1999. He was president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society, and he served as chair of the board of trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He previously received the Kappa Delta Award for outstanding orthopaedic research.

The AOA, founded in 1887, is the oldest national orthopaedic association in the world.

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