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Dr. William E. Garrett, Jr. Inducted Posthumously Into AOSSM Hall of Fame

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Dr. William E. Garrett, Jr. Inducted Posthumously Into AOSSM Hall of Fame

BOSTON, MA –  Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. William E. Garrett, Jr., Durham, N.C., will be inducted posthumously into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Hall of Fame on July 14, 2019 during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Boston. AOSSM Hall of Famers are individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the sports medicine field. It is one of the Society’s highest honors. Dr. Garrett passed away on May 4, 2019.

Dr. Garrett graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in biochemistry in 1970 and graduated from Duke University Medical School and Graduate School with an M.D. and Ph.D.in molecular biology and cell biology, beginning a life-long commitment with both Duke and UNC. He was awarded the prestigious Morehead Scholarship to UNC and was in the Honors curriculum at UNC graduating Phi Beta Kappa. His graduate thesis and later studies involved injury to skeletal muscle and the interplay between muscle function and the knee. In residency he was mentored by Duke sports medicine doctors Frank Bassett, John Feagin and Jim Urbaniak.

“Bill was an exceptional individual, and his passing is a major loss. He was a legend in our community and in orthopaedics, an incredible faculty member, physician, academician, mentor, teacher, family man, and friend. All of us will miss him,” said Benjamin A. Alman, MD, a long-time colleague and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke.

As a resident and young faculty member the support by Leonard Goldner allowed him to begin and maintain a research lab while building a busy practice. His research awards include the Kappa Delta Award (ORS), Citation Award (ACSM), the Award of Merit (AOSSM), Excellence in Research in the Category of Basic Science (AOSSM), the Excellence in Research Award (AOSSM), the O’Donoghue Award (AOSSM). Last year he was awarded the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Master Orthopaedist Award. 

Dr. Garrett has a long career of service to U.S. Soccer and has served as the World Cup doctor for the men’s and women’s teams. 

Dr. Garrett has served leadership positions as a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, President of the Herodicus Society and especially to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine as President. 

He is survived by his wife, Janice. The three children and nine grandchildren provide support and focus.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is the premier global organization representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of athletes and active people of all ages and levels. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. 


Contact Information
Christina Tomaso, AOSSM Director of Marketing Communications 
Phone: 773.386.9661 
E-mail: christina@aossm.org