Art exhibit honors combat-injured and medical personnel

A bronze tree stump stands outside the La Nouvelle Ballroom. Tied to it is a prosthetic leg, draped by an American flag and topped by a combat helmet. “A tree of life” by Gary Brazina, MD, FACS, is just one of the more than 100 original works of art featured in Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements.

“Lost Brother” by Lt. Michael Sracic, MD, MC, USN

The exhibit, organized as a tribute to injured troops, their families, and the civilians, medical staff, and orthopaedic surgeons who cared for them, showcases artwork created by 75 artists, including 27 who are orthopaedic surgeons. It will be on display throughout the AAOS Annual Meeting.

“The injury statistics from war are staggering,” said AAOS President Joseph Zuckerman, MD. “About 70 percent of war wounds are musculoskeletal injuries, and 7 percent of those with major extremity wounds also sustain loss of limbs. But behind those stark numbers are courageous and inspiring people. They are the troops who protect our country and the orthopaedic surgeons and medical staff who treat them. They are the reasons why we coordinated this exhibit—to honor and recognize all they have done and all they continue to do.”

The Orthopaedic Research Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons partnered with the AAOS in sponsoring this exhibition. A group of orthopaedic surgeon artists participating in the exhibit will donate proceeds from the sale of their art to support AAOS educational initiatives through the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.