AAOS awards St. Louis surgeon $20k: 3 things to know


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recognized Rick W. Wright, MD, with the 2019 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughn Award.

Three things to know:

1. Dr. Wright is a board-certified orthopedic sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgery professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as the head team physician for the St. Louis Blues. 

2. The award recognizes his research on revision surgery to correct anterior cruciate ligament ruptures after the ACL has been surgically repaired at least once. Dr. Wright led a study that evaluated factors that impacted surgical outcomes. He found that using tissue from a patient’s own body to rebuild the ACL was more likely to be successful than using tissue from a deceased donor. 

3. The award includes a $20,000 prize that Dr. Wright will use to fund further research.

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