Vail doc wins prestigious sports-medicine award |

Vail doc wins prestigious sports-medicine award

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Special to the Daily Renowned Vail surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman has won the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's highest international award.

VAIL – Dr. Richard Steadman, a renowned Vail knee surgeon, has won one of his field’s highest international awards. Steadman, who heads the Steadman Hawkins Clinic at the Vail Valley Medical Center, has won the 2005 Mr. Sports Medicine Award given by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

“To be recognized by our peers is truly a great honor,” Steadman said. “I genuinely believe this is a reflection of all the work that has been done both here at the clinic and through our research foundation. This award is a great credit to our team, to the Foundation, to the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Vail community.”Steadman, a native of Texas, received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, where he played football for Bear Bryant his freshman and sophomore years. He later graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Following an internship, two years in the army, and an orthopedics residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Steadman moved with his family to Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he practiced orthopedics with an increasing emphasis on the treatment of knee injuries.

While living there, he became the chief physician for the U.S Ski Team. During his time at Lake Tahoe, Steadman developed new surgical and rehabilitation techniques. Injured skiers treated by Steadman returned to competition and some won Olympic medals and world championships.Steadman began a nonprofit research foundation in the Lake Tahoe area in 1988. He moved it to the Vail Valley Medical Center in 1990 when he and his wife and several ski team members and their families relocated here. The Steadman Hawkins Clinic was formed in October of that year when Dr. Richard Hawkins, a shoulder specialist from London, Ontario joined Steadman in practice.

The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation’s goal is for people of all ages to remain active through orthopaedic research, treatment and rehabilitation. Procedures developed by foundation researchers are used widely. Vail, Colorado

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