C. McCollister Evarts, MD, FAOA: Honored by his Penn State colleagues as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession
C. McCollister Evarts, MD, FAOA, or "Mac" as he is known to many of you, is being honored as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession. The effort to recognize Dr. Evarts was championed by Kevin P. Black, MD, FAOA and all contributors were Dr. Evarts’ colleagues at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine.
Among his many achievements, Dr. Evarts has co-authored over 200 articles, edited numerous publications and a five-volume textbook, held a wide range of visiting professorships and appointments, and participated on countless committees. He has educated over 100 residents, eight of whom became academic Department Chairmen.
Following his medical education, a tour in the United States Navy and a residency at the University of Rochester, he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic in 1964 and subsequently serving as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. From 1987 to 2000, he served as the Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University.
Upon returning to Rochester New York, in 2003 Dr. Evarts was appointed Senior Vice President and Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Health. In 2006, he became a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Evarts was President of the AOA in 1985. He also was President of the Hip Society, ABOS, and OMeGA Medical Grants. He chaired the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers. Over the course of his career, he has been the recipient of many honors and awards—including the AOA’s Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award in 2006. For his numerous contributions to medicine, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine (formerly National Academy of Medicine) in 1997.
Dr. Evarts is a leading supporter of the AOA and was instrumental in creating the AOA Campaign for Tomorrow. When the campaign was launched, he made a gift of one million dollars to support the Resident Leadership Forum.
The AOA congratulates Dr. Evarts on being recognized as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession in 2019 and extends sincere gratitude for his ongoing support of the AOA programs and leadership initiatives.