Shands Circle members provide permanent funding for research

By: Amy Kile

By Amy Kile

Influenced by their peers, encouraged by their mentors, and motivated by the desire to contribute to the future of orthopaedics, increasing numbers of orthopaedists and like-minded individuals are joining the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation’s (OREF) Alfred R. Shands Jr. Circle.

“We, as orthopaedic surgeons, are responsible for helping sustain the technological advances that have brought so much to our field,” said new Shands Circle member Michael H. Bourne, MD, who, along with his wife Judi, made a high-level contribution through a life insurance policy. “I consider funding research and education an obligation.”

“Doing my part”
Many new Shands Circle members feel obligated to fund the research and education that will improve their practices. Others are motivated by seeing young orthopaedic surgeons benefit from the practical outcomes of research and education.

“As part of a fellowship in Oslo, Norway, I learned in-depth the science of sports medicine and cartilage transplants,” said Abdul Foad, MD. “I have the utmost appreciation for the hard work and funding required for orthopaedic research and development. As an active member in various orthopaedic associations, I consider it my duty and honor to contribute to the specialty.”

“I would like to help younger members participate in our important and exciting field,” explained Peter S. Walker, PhD. “By joining together with other supporters, think how much progress can be made in orthopaedic research.”

Orthopaedic surgeons effective recruiters
Many Shands Circle members were influenced by their peers or encouraged by their mentors. Charles A. Rockwood Jr., MD, personally wrote to individuals and convinced several, including Lynn A. Crosby, MD, to join the Shands Circle.

“After listening to Dr. Rockwood talk about the Shands Circle and how important it was to him, I decided to join,” said Dr. Crosby. “My residency chairman, the late Dr. John Connolly, believed that ‘you make a living by what you get, and you make a life by what you give,’” continued Dr. Crosby. “We must encourage research at all levels of training and practice to continue to improve our profession.”

Maintaining a legacy
Joseph E. Mumford, MD, and his wife Suzanne were inspired to give by his grandfather, who had left him a life insurance policy. “Joining the Shands Circle enabled us to put the policy to good use to help advance orthopaedic research and patient care. I’m sure my grandfather would have been pleased with our decision.”

Founded in 1955 to ensure an expanding base of knowledge and effective, evidence-based treatment protocols for orthopaedic surgeons to continually improve patient care, the OREF has funded nearly $88 million in independent, peer-reviewed research and educational projects through project year 2008.

For more information on OREF Shands Circle membership, contact Ed Hoover, vice president, development, at or (847) 384-4354. For more information on planned giving, visit

Amy Kile is a public relations specialist with OREF. She can be reached at