SEATTLE, WA - Timothy N. Taft, MD was recently inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Hall of Fame at its' Annual Meeting in Seattle. AOSSM Hall of Famers are individuals in the sports medicine community who have contributed immensely and set themselves apart from others in the field.
Dr. Taft was the long-time, Max Novich Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics and Director of Sports Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Taft attended Princeton University and the University of Missouri, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of North Carolina, where he then joined the faculty. In the early 1970's, he helped organize and develop the formal sports medicine program at UNC. This program was unique in that it was based on a medical model with the physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and nutritionists being part of the university health care system rather than being directly employed by the department of athletics. In addition to being the team physician and orthopaedic surgeon for UNC, Dr. Taft has been the team, head physician or medical director for more than 40 US teams at international competitions including:
1979 USA Pan American Teams
1980 USA Olympics Teams
1981 USA World University Teams
1986 World Champion USA Men's Basketball Team
1990 World Champion USA Women's Basketball Team
US Swimming Teams (1983-2004)
1999 Special Olympics World Games
2011 USA Special Olympics World Summer Games Teams
2013 USA Special Olympics World Winter Games Teams
Dr. Taft has also held many national leadership positions in sports medicine and orthopaedics. He has served on the Board of Directors for the AOSSM, the Medical Advisory Committee for the USOC and has often been an examiner for the ABOS. He currently serves as the North American representative to the Global Medical Advisory Committee for Special Olympics International. Dr. Taft has been honored as a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America and has been recognized as a "Priceless Gem" by the UNC Department of Athletics. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina. He has also won several teaching awards at UNC.
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit http://www.sportsmed.org or http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org