The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced the winners of the 2017 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award, which is given annually to journalists who accurately report on bone and joint health topics.

The winners were honored recently at an awards ceremony held during AAOS’ National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

“It’s important to have trusted sources of information that increase the public’s knowledge of bone and joint conditions and issues,” says AAOS President William J. Maloney, MD, in a media release. “The media have been our partners in providing helpful information to the public, and we’re honored to recognize them for their exceptional efforts.”

According to the AAOS media release, the winners are as follows:


  • Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle 
    “Pioneering elbow transplant at UCSF”
  • Aaron E. Carroll, The New York Times
    “Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise”
  • Jodie Jackson Jr., Columbia Tribune
    “JOINT VENTURE: Cutting-edge procedure offers expanded options for transplant patients”
  • Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times
    “Unhealthy state’s quiet healthcare revolution”
  • Pashtana Usufzy, Las Vegas Review Journal
    “Rare procedure in US promises amputee quality of life”


  • Eric Adler,
    “Missouri dancer, 15, a cancer survivor with a backward leg, inspires millions worldwide”
  • Jenna Flannigan, Healthline News
    “Is It Safe to Hit the Tennis Court with a New Hip?”
  • Jessica Holbrook,
    “Surgery aims to allow amputee to move and feel with prosthetic arm”
  • Michael J. Joyner, Sports Illustrated 
    “One female physician’s experience in a man’s world of pro sports medicine”
  • Nicole Kwan,
    “Orthopedic surgeons cycle 3,000 miles to fundraise for free surgeries”
  • Kelly O’Shea,
    “Inside The OR: Ankle Replacement”
  • Robert Preidt,
    “Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?”


  • David Collins, NBC WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
    “Teen athletes at risk of drug addiction”
  • Katharin Czink and Dina Bair, WGN-TV – Chicago
    “Cartilage donation helping younger patients avoid joint replacement”
  • Nima Elbagir, Bharati Naik, Bryony Jones and Neil Bennett, CNN International
    “The Aleppo doctors saving lives despite targets on their heads”
  • Abigail Eden and Rachel Coleman, Fox4 WDAF- TV, Kansas City
    “Missouri dancer, 15, a cancer survivor with a backward leg, inspires millions worldwide”
  • Dr. Partha Nandi, ABC7 WXYZ – Detroit
    “Knee surgery breakthrough allows joint repair by growing a new part of the damaged joint”
  • Lara Spencer and Thea Trachtenberg, ABC’s Good Morning America
    “Metal Rods Support DU Gymnast’s Comeback”
  • Stephanie Valle, ABC 7 KVIA-TV, El Paso
    “Soldiers get battle-ready in El Paso operating rooms”
  • Kathy Walsh, CBS4 – Denver
    “Metal Rods Support DU Gymnast’s Comeback”


  • Karen Asp, Dr. Oz Magazine
    “Listen To Your Hips”
  • Joann Guidry, Ocala Style Magazine
    “Respect Your joints”

[Source(s): American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, PR Newswire]