New York, NY—March 11, 2004
Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, Chief of the Scoliosis Service at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS)2004 Humanitarian Award in recognition of his commitment and dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate who are in need of musculoskeletal-related care. The presentation took place during the Opening Ceremonies of the AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Boachie is the recipient of this award because he has distinguished himself through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States and abroad. Most notably, through his founding of Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), an organization committed to providing medical care and treatment for low-income patients with spinal deformities living in developing nations. Since its inception, FOCOS teams have treated more than 500 patients in Ghana and Barbados. Along with as many as 20 other volunteer doctors and nurses, Dr. Boachie travels regularly to Ghana and Barbados where they operate for free on scoliosis, hip problems, club feet and other conditions.
Since 1994, Dr. Boachie has served at HSS as Chief of the Scoliosis Service, which specializes in the treatment of scoliosis and other complex spine problems. Born in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Boachie came to the United States in the early 1970’s. He immediately enrolled at Brooklyn College where he took both day and night classes. He worked as a tutor to help supplement his grants and loans. After graduating summa cum laude from College, he went on to Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his orthopaedic residency at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and went on to pursue advanced training in scoliosis at the University of Minnesota.