Orthopaedic Surgery Symposium and Luncheon Honors Robert J. Neviaser

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Experts in orthopaedic surgery gathered at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 to learn from their colleagues in the field, and to honor one of their own.

The Orthopaedic Surgery Symposium and Luncheon, hosted by the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, was an all-day affair that included recognition of Robert J. Neviaser, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery at SMHS, for his many years of service to GW.

Neviaser was appointed chair of the GW Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1987; he stepped down from the position in 2015, but still remains involved with the department.

“What an amazing turnout to honor and celebrate the career of Dr. Bob Neviaser,” Jeffrey S. Akman, MD ’81, RESD ’85, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and dean of SMHS, said at the start of the event.

Akman noted Nevaiser’s vast influence on the GW community in his time at SMHS, and the impact he made on his many residents “who’ve changed the field.”

“Three decades worth of leadership at GW, tens of thousands of students, probably thousands of residents, and an unlimited number of colleagues — there’s an amazing impact that Bob and the entire Neviaser family has had on the School of Medicine,” Akman said.

The event featured more than a dozen speakers, many of whom are current and former SMHS faculty members. They spoke on a range of topics in orthopaedic surgery, including, but not limited to, 3D printing, biceps tenodesis, the future of spine training, and improving ACL reconstruction.