CINCINNATI—Alvin Crawford, MD, professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery, has received the 2007 Diversity Award presented annually by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). The award recognizes academy fellows for their outstanding commitment to making orthopedic treatment and education more accessible to a diverse population.
Crawford, also codirector of the Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was honored at the Feb. 15 awards banquet held during the 74th AAOS annual meeting in San Diego.
Crawford’s contributions range from lobbying program directors and selection committees to include minorities and females in their choices, to speaking up for UC medical students who may be falling through the cracks for cultural, racial, financial or academic reasons.
Nomination for the award also highlighted Crawford’s efforts in providing orthopedic care to underserved children around the world, especially those with clubfoot deformity. His teaching in the Third World has brought residents, fellows, attending surgeons and nurses to Cincinnati as fellows or observers to further their study of foot deformities and other musculoskeletal conditions.