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ACL Repair Creator William G. Clancy, Jr., MD Inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame
Date:6/30/2009

William G. Clancy, Jr., MD, creator of the most common technique for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, will be inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame during its Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colorado, July 9th-12th.

Keystone, CO (Vocus) June 30, 2009 -- William G. Clancy, Jr., MD, creator of the most common technique for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, will be inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame during its Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colorado, July 9th-12th. This prestigious award is given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports medicine.

Last year, Dr. Clancy became the 35th recipient of AOSSM's Robert E. Leach, MD, Mr. Sports Medicine Award, one of its highest honors. AOSSM has also honored him with the George D. Rovere Excellence in Education Award in 1997. He served as AOSSM President from 1999-2000 and will be the upcoming Godfather of the AOSSM Traveling Fellowship in 2010.

In 1974, Dr. Clancy was recruited by the University of Wisconsin to develop a sports medicine program; the only one of its kind at a major university and a model for future sports medicine programs around the country. While at the University of Wisconsin, he invented and perfected the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction procedures, which are used by virtually all knee surgeons throughout the world today. The vast majority of NFL, NBA and NHL players requiring surgery for their ACL tears have had the "Clancy Procedure." His most recent work has clearly documented the bony landmarks of the ACL insertions.

Dr Clancy's educational highlights include graduating with honors in 1963, from Manhattan College, where he received the prestigious Jasper Award for academics and athletics and was a gold and bronze medal winner in the Central States Track and Field Championships. Dr. Clancy graduated from Downstate (SUNY) College of Medicine in 1967. He completed his orthopaedic residency in 1972 at Columbia University's St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. For the following two years, he served as a lieutenant commander at the United States Naval Academy, where he was chief of orthopaedic surgery and the head team physician for all the U.S. Naval Academy athletic teams. In 1989 he joined with Dr. James R. Andrews to help develop the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. He has served as Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Dr. Clancy currently provides orthopaedic surgery services to patients at the renowned Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center at St. Vincent's Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Clancy has also served on editorial boards of numerous sports medicine journals and was the Clinical Symposium Editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and has also served on its Board of Trustees. He has also been the Presidential Guest Speaker for a number of sports medicine and orthopedic associations worldwide including Spain, Argentina, Uruguay and Japan. He has published hundreds of papers in scientific journals around the world.

His other sports medicine accomplishments include service as team orthopaedist for the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S.A. Hockey Team at the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid and the U.S. Ski Team Nordic at the Olympic Games in 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia; head team physician for the U.S.A. Hockey Team at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway; medical director for the U.S. Ski Nordic Jumping Team from 1976-1989; chief medical officer for U.S.A. Hockey from 1989-1994. Dr. Clancy currently serves as co-medical director for the LPGA Tour and is a Fellowship Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Clancy and his wife, Kathy, live in Birmingham, Alabama. He has three children and three grandchildren

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.

For more information, please contact either AOSSM Director of Communications Lisa Weisenberger at 847/292-4900, or e-mail her at lisa (at) aossm (dot) org. You can also visit the AOSSM Web site at www.sportsmed.org.

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