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Hospital for Special Surgery Honors John P. Lyden, M.D. with Lifetime Achievement Award

NBC Sports Broadcaster and Former New York Giant Tiki Barber, Will Serve as Toastmaster

NEW YORK—June 12, 2009

John P. Lyden, M.D., a noted orthopedic trauma surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the hospital’s 26th Annual Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria, Monday, June 22, 2009. Tiki Barber, NBC Sports Broadcaster and former running back for the New York Giants, will host the event.

Dr. Lyden serves on the Orthopedic Trauma Service at HSS and the Fracture service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. From 1984 to 1996 he served as chief of the latter. Dr. Lyden has dedicated his professional career to the care of thousands of patients and to the education and surgical training of hundreds of residents and fellows.

Dr. Lyden’s research is concentrated primarily in the area of fractures. He has published extensively on this subject, and is a participating investigator for a multi-center hip fracture study supported by a National Institutes of Health grant.

Dr. John Lyden, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Dr. John Lyden, 2009's Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Dr. Lyden was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy/Marine Medical Corps. As a decorated Navy orthopedic surgeon, he has received several awards for his valor including the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He also received the Bronze Star and three Presidential Unit Citations for his work with the United States Department of Defense’s research team that was assigned to study weapons, body armor, and medical treatment and evacuation needs from South Vietnam. The Bronze Star is one of the Army’s highest combat awards given to soldiers who demonstrate bravery on the battlefield. The V for valor attached to it identifies the award as resulting from combat heroism. The Presidential Unit Citation is a senior unit award granted to military units which have performed extremely meritorious or heroic acts in combat.

“For the past 40 years, Dr. Lyden has been an integral member of the HSS family and has greatly contributed to the trauma service at the hospital,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of Hospital for Special Surgery. “We are deeply grateful for his service to our hospital and proud to bestow this lifetime achievement award as a way to recognize his passion and commitment to patient care, education and research.”

“It has been a true honor to care for patients and work in the field of orthopedic trauma care at HSS,” said Dr. Lyden. “My experience in Vietnam and my work at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C., helped reinforce my passion for trauma care. HSS has allowed me to further develop that passion and be innovative in this area of orthopedic surgery.”

Dr. Lyden graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1961, and received a doctor of medicine degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his orthopedic residency training and a hand surgery fellowship at HSS. Dr. Lyden met his wife, Carol Murphy, when they were both working at Special Surgery. Mrs. Lyden is the daughter of Dr. James Slater Murphy and Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller, known as “Happy.”

Currently, Dr. and Mrs. Lyden live in Manhattan and Tarrytown, N.Y., and have twins, Jack and Jennifer, who recently graduated from Bucknell University and Trinity College, respectively. Dr. Lyden serves on multiple committees at HSS and is a founding trustee of the Hospital’s captive malpractice insurer in the Cayman Islands (MIAC). He is also a trustee of Hudson River Healthcare, which has developed a series of medical clinics for indigent migrant workers of the Hudson Valley. Dr. Lyden has served as an orthopedic surgeon for the New York Police Department since 1975.

For more information about the Tribute Dinner visit www.hss.edu/gala. For reservation information call 212.997.0100 ext. 238 or email tcooper@projectsplusinc.com.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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