• Orthopedics/Sports

    Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon named AOA pillar of profession

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Bernard Morrey, M.D., professor, emeritus chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic and former member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, was recently named a 2023 "Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession" by the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

Dr. Morrey is recognized for his leadership, mentoring and lifelong contributions to the orthopedic community. He practiced at Mayo Clinic from 1978 to 2009, specializing in elbow, hip and knee surgery.

"[At Mayo] we became interested in an 'unknown joint,' which was the elbow, and that kind of set me in my career academically, along with hip and knee surgery," Dr. Morrey says in AOA's tribute video. "The career is reflected in the opportunity to help individuals from all walks of life regain their function, which is what orthopedics is all about."

Dr. Morrey attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He was named a distinguished alumnus of Mayo Clinic and emeritus John and Posy Krehbiel Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mayo. He holds nine patents and has authored 15 major textbooks under four different titles, translated into six languages. He has written over 450 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Morrey is the third orthopedic surgeon from Mayo Clinic to receive this national pillar of profession recognition. The others are the late Mark Coventry, M.D., and the late Patrick Kelly, M.D.

More information about Dr. Morrey's recognition is available in the AOA news release.


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