Arthur M. Pappas, MD, FAOA: Honored as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession
Arthur M. Pappas, MD, FAOA is being recognized as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession for his role as a pioneering visionary and tireless founding architect of the UMass Medical School and chair of the Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation. His many accomplishments were primarily in the areas of sports medicine, and rehabilitation and the special challenges faced by children born with severe physical disabilities.
Dr. Pappas graduated from Harvard College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and received his medical training at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He spent two years in the U.S. Navy doing research at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland. As an orthopaedic educator, Dr. Pappas built the preeminent orthopedic surgery residency training program at UMass Medical School, developing orthopaedists for leadership positions. The champions for this effort on his behalf are David C. Ayers, MD, FAOA and Norman E. Beisaw, MD.
He worked to make the resources of academic medical centers available to community hospitals and initiated an affiliate hospital system in 1991. These actions were fundamental to ensuring the availability of academic physicians at community hospitals throughout central and western Massachusetts, benefitting residents and patients alike.
Dr. Pappas served as Vice President for Affiliate Relations for UMass Memorial Health Care, was Professor of Pediatrics at UMass Medical School and Chair of the Board of Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Mass., which serves severely handicapped children.
He held numerous other leadership roles, including medical director for the Boston Red Sox (1978 to 2003), president of the Association of Professional Baseball Physicians, president of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, president of the New England Rehabilitation Services of Central Massachusetts and director of Health Services for Handicapped Children.
He has received many honors and awards—including the Massachusetts Hospital School’s Edward H. Bradford Lifetime Achievement Award for Program Development for Handicapped Children, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Shining Star Award from UMass Children’s Medical Center, and the Physician Achievement Award and the Dr. Marian Ropes Award from the Arthritis Foundation, and the Dr. A. Jane Fitzpatrick Community Service Award from the Worcester District Medical Society.
The AOA acknowledges Dr. Pappas’ lasting legacy and significant contributions and recognizes him as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession.