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2006 Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Graduation Reception and Dinner


The 2006 HCOR Graduation Reception and Dinner was held on June 16th, 2006, at the Fairmont Copley Hotel. Numerous faculty, residents, fellows, friends and family were present. After the reception, the guests were allowed to enter the beautifully decorated Grand Ballroom for dinner.

Dr. Herndon served as the master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone for attending.

The evening started with Drs. Mark Gebhardt, Thomas Thornhill, James Kasser, and Harry Rubash announcing the names of the graduating fellows.

Dr. Herndon then thanked Dr. Russell Warren for coming to Boston to be the Osgood Visiting Professor. Then Dr. Warren announced the best papers from Thesis Day. The Barrett Family Prize for Best Basic Research Paper was awarded to Dr. Susan Jordan. The Best Clinical Research Paper was awarded to Dr. Nicholas Avallone.

The Class of 2006 then announced the winner of the Golden Apple Award. Dr. Scott Martin is an excellent teacher and role model for the residents training in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program. His acceptance speech was beautiful and humble.

Dr. Thomas Thornhill then announced the winner of the William H. Thomas Award. This award is given to the graduating resident who best exemplifies the spirit of patient care at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The faculty vote to pick the winner, and this year’s recipient was Dr. Nicholas Avallone.

Dr. James Kasser then announced the Leonard Marmor award. This award is given to the resident with the highest OITE scores. This year’s recipient was Dr. Benjamin Bengs.

Next, the Editor-in-Chief of the Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School was honored for her hard work and dedication to the journal. Dr. Herndon presented Dr. Jennifer Graham with a beautifully designed plaque that includes the cover of the journal.

Dr. Graham then announced the person to whom the journal would be dedicated. The announcement of Dr. Jesse Jupiter was met with applause. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend because he was out of the country. The editors of the journal want to thank Dr. Jupiter for his dedication to teaching residents and his contributions to orthopaedic surgery. (The Dedication to Dr. Jupiter by Dr. David Ring can be found at the beginning of the journal.)

The evening wrapped up with Drs. Rubash, Thornhill, Kasser, and Gebhardt introducing the members of the graduating class and presenting them with their diploma. Congratulations!