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Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Surgeons Receive Research Honors From Peers

Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic surgeons Richard Parker, MD and Jack Andrish, MD were among the team honored with the 2012 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at their annual meeting in February.

The Kappa Delta Awards have been presented by AAOS since 1950 to persons who have performed research in orthopaedic surgery that is of high significance and impact. Cleveland Clinic was last recognized in 1979.

The paper, “Prognosis and Predictors of ACL Reconstructions using the MOON Cohort: A Model for Comparative Effectiveness Studies,” had advanced understanding of outcome predictors for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Dr. Parker and Dr. Andrish collaborated with lead author Kurt P. Spindler, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and investigators at five additional centers for the study. Dr. Spindler completed a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic in 1991.

The project is part of the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON), a National Institutes of Health funded project that began in 2006 and follows 2,500 patients who required knee reconstruction. MOON was originally formed around 2000 as a collaborative group of ACL surgeons to study the outcomes of ACL reconstruction. The team will continue collaboration to advance toward goals that include identifying predictors of sports function and activity level, improving identification of osteoarthritis and evaluating cases that have required additional surgical intervention.