2020 Herbert W. Nickens Award

Congratulations to Dr. Cato Laurencin, recipient of this year's Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Herbert W. Nickens Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States. Read the article  

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD from AAMC on Vimeo.


The mission of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS) is to increase diversity within the orthopaedic profession and promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all people.

The JRGOS boasts the largest membership of black orthopaedic surgeons in the world. Our members include surgeons from every orthopaedic subspecialty along with many orthopaedic department chairpersons and program directors. Become a member and support the Gladden Society’s mission to increase diversity within the orthopaedic profession and promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all people.

Making a Difference Through Mentoring

Only 1.9% of practicing orthopaedic surgeons are black. Through multi-faceted mentoring programs, the Gladden Society is cultivating the next generation of underrepresented orthopaedic surgeons. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or are a medical student, or resident seeking an orthopaedic mentor, visit our mentoring page for more information.

Mentoring

Ending Orthopaedic Health Care Disparities

Through advocacy and clinical research, the Gladden Society has educated orthopaedic surgeons from all cultures on how to improve the quality of musculoskeletal care and address many of the unconscious biases present in the care of orthopaedic patients. It is the goal of the Gladden Society to eliminate health care disparities in patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Impactful Research