The 2019 Humanitarian Service Award is awarded in recognition of the volunteer work and commitment by an orthopaedic surgeon member. This award is to acknowledge the tireless efforts, outstanding commitment and sustained dedication in service to humanity.
This year’s honoree was Kristaps Keggi, MD. Dr. Keggi was nominated for his decades of work advancing the education in musculoskeletal medicine and surgery for healthcare providers through international exchange programs throughout the world.
In recognizing his volunteer efforts, COS Board member and award presenter, Dr. Gary Friedlaender applauded his fifty plus years of service as the founder, fundraiser and educator for the Keggi International Educational Foundation. Dr. Keggi has been committed to mentoring and training of hundreds of physicians and nurses from Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia by sponsoring them to visit Connecticut to learn musculoskeletal care. He has also traveled internationally to teach similar skills abroad and has provided care to hundreds of international and U.S. patients without regard to reimbursement.
Dr. Keggi is a Senior Research Scientist and Elihu Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale in New Haven. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven where he completed his orthopaedic residency. Dr. Keggi served the United States Army as an orthopaedic surgeon including time spent in a Mobile Surgical Hospital in Vietnam.
The Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is proud and honored to have Dr. Keggi recognized for his exemplary donation of service, education and international good will.