Israel "Bud" Hurwitz, MD - 2013 MOA Orthopaedist of the Year

MA-Ortho2013-57-TiEach year the MOA presents The Orthopaedist of the Year award to an outstanding member. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association in recognition of distinguished service, contributions to patient care, teaching and mentoring of students and residents, and commitment and dedication to the practice of orthopaedics.

This year's recipient was selected by his peers for his leadership role in Association and for his decades-long, unwavering dedication to patients and the practice of orthopaedic surgery. His contributions are noteworthy and we are pleased and proud to recognize his achievements and longstanding commitment to your colleagues and patients.

In 1981, Bud, as a founding director, formed and developed this Association of orthopaedic surgeons throughout the Commonwealth with the collective goal of fostering dialogue among orthopaedic surgeons concerning the collective concerns of the orthopaedic profession. In 1988, he served as President of the Association, leading the work on key legislative and regulatory issues impacting our profession, in particular the workers compensation system. His leadership and foresight helped shape the mission of this Association. Not only did he take a leadership role in MOA, he also served as Councilor to the AAOS and is an active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society where he has served as Councilor, President of Orthopaedic Section and Middlesex West District as well as Chairman of the Society's Interspecialty Committee.

His service to Marlborough Hospital as past president of Medical Staff, Chief of Surgery, ER Committee Chair and member of the Board of Directors illustrates his lifelong commitment to his profession and his patients. He has shared his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience with medical students as clinical instructor at both Tufts University School of Medicine and UMass Medical School, instilling his passion for the practice of medicine in many.

In 1952, he received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicne and completed his orthopaedic residency at Boston VA Hospital in 1963. Dr. Hurwitz served our Country as Captain of the U.S. Army Medical Corps and is an active member of the pro bono healthcare community, serving as the Medical Director for Metrowest Free Medical Clinic and Parmenter VNA and Hospice, where he also serves on its board. The MOA is proud to bestow the 2013 Orthopaedist of the Year Award to Dr. Hurwitz.

Photo: Dr. Bud Hurwitz (left) received the MOA Orthopaedist of the Year Award from friend and longtime colleague, Donald Hangen, MD at the Association's 2013 Annual Meeting on May 14, 2013.