Joseph Zuckerman Receives AAOS William Tipton Leadership Award
Joseph D. Zuckerman, M.D. recently received the 2021 William W. Tipton Jr., M.D. Leadership Award at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego, California.
The William Tipton Leadership Award recognizes AAOS members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities that have helped the orthopedic community, patients, or the American public.
The award celebrates the life and accomplishments of the late William W. Tipton Jr., M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, educator and former AAOS chief executive officer.
“Bill was a special man who was always positive, constructive, and trying to push the agenda forward,” Dr. Zuckerman said.
“To be recognized with this award by the AAOS, an organization I have so much respect and admiration for, is an honor.”
Like Dr. Tipton, Dr. Zuckerman has dedicated his life and career to helping grow the prestige of orthopedic surgery nationally and internationally, according to Dr. Zuckerman’s colleague Kenneth A. Egol, M.D., FAAOS, of NYU Langone Health.
“I cannot think of a better person to personify the qualities of a Tipton Leadership Award winner,” said Dr. Egol. “He is academically, administratively, clinically, and personally an exemplary leader in everything he does.”
Zuckerman is currently the chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Health where he oversees a group of almost 200 orthopedic surgeons and the daily operations of programs including orthopedic surgery, rheumatology and rehabilitation.
“Under Dr. Zuckerman’s leadership, our department has developed a professional curriculum for faculty and trainees that focuses on interpersonal communication skills, ethics, and an overarching commitment to patient,” said Dr. Egol.
During his 30 years as an orthopedic surgeon, Zuckerman has helped train and mentor hundreds of residents. He was named Teacher of the Year five times at NYU Langone Medical Center and has received the Distinguished Teaching Medal from New York University and the Master Educator Award from NYU School of Medicine.
“While Dr. Zuckerman is perhaps one of the most accomplished and influential orthopedic surgeons in the United States, his most impressive accomplishment in my opinion, is how he’s utilized his platform to advance diversity and inclusion in the field of orthopedic surgery,” said Julius K. Oni, M.D., FAAOS, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He studied under Dr. Zuckerman at NYU.
“I don’t think there are enough words to truly express the impact he’s had on me and so many others,” he said.
Zuckerman is a past president of the AAOS and spent time as chairman of the Council on Education for AAOS and president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.
He served as an ambassador of American orthopedic surgery nationally and internationally through the American Orthopaedic Association’s North American Traveling Fellowship and American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship. He has mentored other faculty in obtaining similar fellowships.
Zuckerman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Washington Medical Center and a fellowship in reconstructive surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.