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Trevor Shelton, MD, MS
University of California, Davis California, UNITED STATES
First, I would like to thank the Arthroplasty Committee for selecting our paper for the inaugural Paolo Aglietti Award. Second, I would like to thank Dr. Stephen Howell for his mentorship with the study and pioneering the way for kinematically aligned total knee arthroplasty. And third, I would like to thank Dr. Nicolaas C. Budhiparama, & Inge Widjaja with the Nicolaas Institute of Constructive Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation for Arthroplasty & Sports Medicine for sponsoring this award. It was an honor to receive this award and attend the 12th Biennial ISAKOS Congress.
As 2019 was the inaugural year for the Paolo Aglietti Award (created to recognize outstanding research contributions to the understanding of knee arthroplasty and is in recognition of Professor Aglietti), you can’t help reflect on his numerous contributions to knee surgery as a surgeon, researcher, and teacher. Upon completion of his residency in Italy, Professor Aglietti completed two fellowships at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York in the 1970s and developed great friendships with Dr. Salvati and Dr. Insall. In 1975 he returned to Italy as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Perugia and was promoted to Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Florence in 1979. He became Department Chairman in Orthopedics and built a highly regarded residency program.
Professor Aglietti led a very productive academic career, publishing more than 120 journal articles and was a co-editor of the book, Surgery of the Knee. He advanced the fields of joint replacement, ACL reconstruction, and patellofemoral instability and pain, and founded the Italian Society of Knee Surgery and Italian Society of Arthroscopy. The Knee Society awarded him an honorary membership as did the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. Professor Aglietti also served as Chairman of the ISAKOS Knee Committee and was ISAKOS President from 2007 – 2009.
“Attending the ISAKOS meeting in Cancun was a formative experience as a resident”
Attending the ISAKOS meeting in Cancun was a formative experience as a resident. I met many of the leaders in the fields of orthopaedic sports medicine and knee arthroplasty from all over the world. The symposiums, instructional courses, and paper presentations opened my mind to the importance of sharing and learning international orthopaedic points of view. I learned that global collaboration is the foundation for the mission of ISAKOS, which is advancing the worldwide exchange and dissemination of education, research, and patient care in arthroscopy, knee surgery, and orthopaedic sports medicine. To quote Professor Aglietti, “I believe we need to be open to the input of the world, which means to be open to the differences in opinion and experiences. In my mind, knowledge, if not science, comes from comparing different solutions” (President’s Message – ISAKOS Newsletter – summer 2007).
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