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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

Adolph Lombardi, MD Receives AAHKS Humanitarian Award

Co-founder of Operation Walk USA

Dallas, November 6, 2015 — The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) awarded Adolph V. Lombardi Jr., MD, FACS, with the AAHKS Humanitarian Award at its 25th Annual Meeting today. Dr. Lombardi is the co‐founder and president of the Executive Committee of Operation Walk USA. He is president of Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. where he actively practices joint replacement surgery in New Albany, Ohio.

Operation Walk USA, entering its 6th year this December, has already helped nearly 600 patients regain mobility and quality of life. It provides all aspects of treatment ─ surgery, hospitalization, and pre‐and post‐operative care ─ at no cost to participating patients who may not qualify for government health coverage, have insurance or afford surgery on their own. Since its inception, Operation Walk USA knee and hip replacement surgeries and related care are valued at more than $15.5 million.

“We help those patients who are suffering from crippling arthritis of the hip and knee and who need a surgical procedure to relieve their pain and help them become gainfully employed. There are no words that can describe the joy you feel as orthopaedic surgeon, when after hours in the operating room you have given a patient a new lease on life. I am so honored to be recognized by AAHKS for these contributions and the work that so many of us do to improve quality of life,” said Dr. Lombardi.

In 2010, Dr. Lombardi co‐founded Operation Walk USA after participating in mission trips through Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries.

The AAHKS Humanitarian Award recognizes AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves by providing humanitarian medical services and programs with a significant focus on musculoskeletal diseases and trauma including the hip and knee in the United States or abroad. Dr. Lombardi is the second AAHKS member to receive the award, and he will receive a $5,000 donation to benefit Operation Walk USA.

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About the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons:

Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance hip and knee patient care through education and advocacy. AAHKS has a membership of over 2,500 surgeons. For more information, visit www.AAHKS.org and Operation Walk USA.