Michael Baumgaertner, MD Receives 2018 Orthopaedist of the Year

The Connecticut Orthopaedic Society honors Michael R. Baumgaertner, MD, with the Society’s 2018 Orthopaedist of the Year award. He is recognized for his leadership, decades of exemplary patient care and mentoring and educating orthopaedic residents.

photo2michaelbaumgaertnerphotoMichael Baumgaertner, MD – Orthopaedist of the Year 2018

In his nomination, Dr. Baumgaertner’s colleague, Gary Friedlaender, MD, noted that he is without rival in terms of surgical education through his many insightful and important clinical research contributions and his extensive talent for formal and hands-on educational programming. As a role model for trainees at all levels and a resource for practitioners, Dr. Baumgaertner’s clinical care of trauma patients in CT, utilizing open referrals serves the disadvantaged and those patients with complex injuries.

Dr. Baumgaertner serves as Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he has practiced for 30 years, treating patients and is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation at Yale. He is internationally recognized for his landmark 1995 publication on hip fracture fixation performed at Yale, which remains the universal standard. He has authored numerous original articles and chapters in orthopaedic textbooks. He has lectured and taught residents in training and practicing surgeons on five continents optimal surgical fracture care.

Dr. Baumgaertner received his Medical Degree from the University of California (San Diego) Medical School as a Regent’s Scholar. He did his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California (San Francisco), and a one-year fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He has served as Chairperson of Education for both the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and AONorth America, was elected President of AONA, and currently is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of AO North America. He is a Trustee of the AO Foundation, an international group of more than 15000 surgeons.

The Society honors his contributions to orthopaedics and thanks him for his decades of dedication to the recovery of injured patients.


friedlaenderhakimoothy2018awardGary Friedlaender, MD (l) and COS President Mariam Hakim-Zargar, MD, join in honoring Dr. Baumgaertner at the Society’s 2018 Orthopaedist of the Year.