Michael Kaplan, MD Named 2019 Orthopaedist of the Year

kaplanawardMichael Kaplan, MD (l) accepts the Society’s highest honor, Orthopaedist of the Year from COS President , Michael Aronow, MD, (r) at the Annual Meeting on May 10, 2019.

The Connecticut Orthopaedic Society is proud to honor Michael Kaplan, MD, with the Society’s 2019 Orthopaedist of the Year award. The Orthopaedist of the Year award is the highest honor bestowed by the Society in recognition of distinguished service to the COS, contributions to patient care and commitment and dedication to the teaching of and practice of orthopaedics.

The COS Board unanimously voted to honor Dr. Michael Kaplan for his outstanding leadership within the Society, his decades of exemplary patient care and commitment to educating orthopaedic residents.

Dr. Kaplan serves on the Society’s Board and is the Program Director of the Annual Meeting, the Society’s signature annual event. For more than fifteen years, he has developed top tiered, relevant educational programming with nationally known speakers from around the country for the Society, his colleagues and orthopaedic residents. With his leadership and through his tremendous efforts, the meeting has educated and informed hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons and residents throughout his decades of volunteer work.

Throughout the years, he has grown the meeting in size and stature, all the while continuing to foster the collegiality of the profession by providing a yearly opportunity for his colleagues to meet and connect with one another. It is because of his work that the meeting’s success continues to assist the COS, its members and patients in other aspects of the Society’s work including advocacy.

Dr. Michael J. Kaplan is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and total joint replacement and is a Clinical Instructor at Yale University Department of Orthopaedics. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine where he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery. He then completed a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine from the American Sports Medicine Institute with Dr. James Andrews and served as an NFL team physician from 1997-1998.

He serves as the team physician for many of the local high schools and technical colleges and is routinely named a “Top Doctor” in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine. Dr. Kaplan can often be seen on ESPN, serving as a senior medical correspondent. His wife, children, family, members, work colleagues and friends joined him to celebrate this honor.