The ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award was established in 2009 by the OREF and ORS to honor an individual who has significantly contributed to the field of orthopaedic research, to the ORS, and the OREF through their outstanding scientific achievements and their commitment of time and service.

A committee comprised of a total of five individuals, including past ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award honorees, established member representatives from the ORS and active OREF volunteers will each submit a maximum of two nominees to be considered for this award. All nominees submitted will be reviewed by the committee and the final selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding scientific achievement
  • Significant volunteer contributions to the OREF and/or the ORS
  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of orthopaedic research
  • Must be an Established Member of the ORS


The person nominating the ORS member for this award must include the following information about the nominee at the time of submission:

  1. NIH Biosketch
  2. Letter of recommendation
  3. Statement of service to ORS and OREF

Self-nominations are not accepted for this award.

The deadline to submit all nominations is Friday, September 15, 2023.

If you have questions prior to your submission, please contact us at [email protected].

2023Peter C. Amadio, MD
2022Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD
John J. Callaghan, MD
2021Farshid Guilak, PhD
2020Joshua J. Jacobs, MD
2019Alan Grodzinsky, PhD
2018Christopher Evans, PhD
2017Clare Rimnac, PhD
2016Linda Sandell, PhD
2015Adele Boskey, PhD
2014Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD
2013Jorge Galante, MD
2012Thomas A. Einhorn, MD
2011Joseph Buckwalter, MD
2010Henry J.  Mankin, MD
2009Carl T. Brighton, MD