MU Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon Awarded Prestigious Fellowship
Gregory Della Rocca, MD, PhD
Every other year, the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) chooses a handful of young doctors to award with its prestigious North American Traveling Fellowship. Gregory Della Rocca, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and co-director of orthopaedic trauma services in the University of Missouri School of Medicine, is one of just five recipients from the United States and Canada this year.
“This was an extremely competitive year with many qualified applicants,” said Jeffrey Wang, MD, chair of the AOA North American Traveling Fellowship program. The leadership development program will send Della Rocca across the Midwest and into Canada to visit 10 to 15 different sites during a five-week period. He will present his research and learn from others.
“I hope to explore other models of orthopaedic trauma surgical practice, and to interact with others to see how they optimize their practice and gain insight into their research programs,” Della Rocca said.
Della Rocca will share his research during the traveling fellowship. He plans to speak on the topics of domestic violence, treatment of compound fractures, heel bone fractures, complex ankle fractures, use of ultrasound for fracture healing, and contemporary medical legal issues in orthopaedic trauma.
The fellowship promotes significant clinical and scientific exchange. It was established in 1969 and is an intense introduction to the diverse ways that leaders address challenges facing orthopaedics today. The AOA, founded in 1887, is the oldest and most distinguished orthopaedic association in the world. Membership is granted to those who have made a significant contribution to education, research and the practice of orthopaedic surgery.
“I am stunned to be awarded with this fellowship and very humbled,” Della Rocca said. “I’m honored to be able to represent my practice, my department and the University of Missouri.”