OREF Exhibit Celebrates Mentor Campaign Honorees

By: Karen Pubentz


Combined campaigns raise $2.8 million for orthopaedic research

OREF Research All Stars, the theme of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation’s (OREF) exhibit at the 2017 AAOS Annual Meeting, celebrates six exceptional orthopaedic surgeons whose combined experience and skill have nurtured the careers of hundreds of orthopaedic residents and fellows.

Each OREF “All Star” graciously agreed to serve as the subject of an OREF Mentor Campaign. Established in 2013, OREF’s Mentor Campaigns honor orthopaedic surgeons who have made a significant contribution to the field of orthopaedics through their mentorship of residents and fellows. Each honoree’s residents and fellows are invited to make a gift to their mentor’s campaign. Money raised through each campaign will be used to fund research in the mentor’s chosen topic area.

Response to the campaigns has been tremendous, with more than $2.8 million being raised in cash gifts and pledges through early 2017, including more than 50 Visionary Research Society-level gifts, which require a minimum cash gift or pledge of $20,000. Additional Mentor campaigns are in development, but OREF is thrilled to celebrate its first honorees at the OREF exhibit. Mentors and their selected research topics include the following:

  • 2013 James R. Andrews, MD, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Research Gift Focus: youth sports injury prevention
  • 2014 Russell F. Warren, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery Research Gift Focus: soft-tissue repair and regeneration
  • 2015 Jorge O. Galante, MD, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Research Gift Focus: total joint replacement
  • 2016 James R. Urbaniak, MD, Duke University Research Gift Focus: regenerative medicine and cellular therapies
  • 2016 Bernard R. Bach Jr, MD, Rush University Research Gift Focus: resident research in sports medicine
  • 2017 Sigvard T. Hansen Jr, MD, University of Washington Research Gift Focus: impact of external requirements on patient care
  • A total of four grants have already been awarded with funds raised through the Andrews and Warren campaigns.
  • James R. Slauterbeck, MD, University of Vermont Will FIFA 11+, an Injury Prevention Program, Decrease Lower Extremity Injuries in High School Athletics? (Andrews Campaign funding)
  • Andreas Kontaxis, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery Non-Surgical Treatment in Young Pitchers to Improve Shoulder Kinematics (Andrews Campaign funding)
  • Michael Halanski, MD, University of Wisconsin-Madison Therapeutic Application of M2 Macrophages to Improve Tendon Healing (Warren Campaign funding)
  • Frank Petrigliano, MD, University of California, Los Angeles Combination Regenerative Therapy for Muscle Injury in Rotator Cuff Tears (Warren Campaign funding)

OREF expresses its thanks to its mentor honorees and the donors who have so generously supported these campaigns. For more information about the Mentor campaigns and other ways to support OREF’s research mission, please stop by the OREF exhibit on the upper level of the San Diego Convention Center, in the Ballroom 20 Lobby.                 

Karen Pubentz is senior director of marketing communications at OREF. She may be reached at pubentz@oref.org