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Blair C. Filler, M.D. Receives 2009 Tipton Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Leadership
Date:2/26/2009

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty-plus years teaching and mentoring young orthopaedic surgeons, championing access to care and medical education in underserved communities and helping colleagues maintain more viable practices are among the long list of achievements that led to Blair C. Filler, M.D. being honored with the fourth annual William W. Tipton Jr., M.D. Leadership Award. The award, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, was presented to Dr. Filler at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009.

Established by friends, colleagues and organizations through AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the William W. Tipton Jr., M.D. Leadership Award (http://www.oref.org/tipton) honors the qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Tipton, including commitment to mentorship, diversity, bridge-building and collaboration. A similarly named award was simultaneously established by the California Orthopaedic Association and in its first year, 2006, was awarded to Dr. Filler.

Dr. Filler has taught and mentored young orthopaedists while treating patients, mainly in underserved areas in Los Angeles County, at teaching hospitals and through private practice continuously since 1961. Between 1990 and 2008, he served as director of medical education at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, and he's currently on the faculty at UCLA as a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery, a position he has held for 18 years.

These and prior postings, including academic appointments at the University of Southern California Medical Center, Centinela Hospital, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew-Medical Center reflect Dr. Filler's career-long commitment to making health care more accessible and orthopaedics mor
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