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Late Teacher and Orthopaedic Leader, William A. Grana, MD, MPH, Receives Highest AOSSM Honor

  (July 13, 2013)
Late Teacher and Orthopaedic Leader, William A. Grana, MD, MPH, Receives Highest AOSSM Honor

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 13, 2013

Sports medicine leader and late editor-in-chief of Orthopaedic Knowledge Online, William A. Grana, MD, MPH, was presented posthumously with the 2013 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicines (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on Saturday, July 13th. This prestigious award is given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports medicine and includes a $5,000 donation to the winners charity of choice. It is one of the top awards the Society presents each year. Dr. Grana was the 40th recipient of this distinguished award.

Dr. Grana began his medical studies at Harvard University and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Washington Universitys Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He then performed his fellowship in sports medicine under Don ODonoghue, MD at the University of Oklahoma and began his teaching career. In 2000, he left his clinical professorship and director of sports medicine position with the university to become the head of the orthopaedic surgery department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he was a tenured professor.

In addition to running a private practice, publishing more than 100 scientific papers and three books, Dr. Grana served as an orthopaedic consultant for the University of Arizona Athletic Department, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, Texas Rangers, Oklahoma Redhawks, and the Chicago White Sox. He was a physician member of the U.S. Olympic Committees 1985 Winter World University Games Team in Bulluno and Cortina, Italy, a member of the 1986 Olympic Festival medical staff in Houston, Texas, head physician for the U.S. team at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN, and the USOCs medical staff for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

He served on numerous boards and committees for the AOSSM, the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He served as AOSSM president from 2005 to 2006 and served as a member of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of Trustees. During his appointments on other committees and boards he assisted with the development of online educational tools, as well as a certificate in orthopaedic science for graduate students studying physiology and engineering.

Dr. Grana passed away in February 2013. He is survived by his wife, Susan, two children and three grandchildren.


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit or

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