Charles S. Neer, II, MD, FAOA: Recognized as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession
Charles S. Neer, II, MD, FAOA is being honored as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession for his contributions to the field of shoulder and elbow surgery and for training generations of orthopaedic surgeons. The effort to recognize Dr. Neer was championed by Louis U. Bigliani, MD, FAOA.
A longtime distinguished faculty member at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Neer was a founding member and the first president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, developed novel procedures and prostheses, and was a true pioneer in shoulder arthroplasty. He also established a fracture classification system that is now used by orthopaedic surgeons worldwide.
Dr. Neer graduated from Dartmouth College and obtained his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He began a residency at Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, but his training was interrupted by WWII, where he was called to service. He proudly served as a Captain in the U.S. Army first in Europe and then in Asia.
After the war, he completed his training and joined the Fracture Service at The Presbyterian Hospital with its eventual incorporation with The New York Orthopaedic Hospital and The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Neer remained on the faculty at Columbia throughout his career. He became a tenured Professor of the University, Director of the Fracture Service, Chief of the Shoulder Service, and Chief of the Adult Orthopaedic Service until his retirement in 1990 as Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Until his passing in 2011, Dr. Neer continued as Emeritus Consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery and Emeritus Professor & Special Lecturer in Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery.
A prolific writer, Dr. Neer and the Shoulder Service at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center published hundreds of articles on every aspect of shoulder surgery. He also created a fund to provide recognition for outstanding clinical investigation contributing to the understanding, care or prevention of injuries to the shoulder and elbow. This award has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.
Throughout his prestigious career, he received many honors nationally and internationally, especially for his contributions in shoulder surgery and reconstruction. For the AOA and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he served as representative to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
The AOA acknowledges Dr. Neer’s amazing legacy to the orthopaedic community and recognizes him as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession.