Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., MD, FAOA
Member of the Transformational Virgil P. Gibney Society

In recognition of Dr. Pellegrini’s transformational gift to the AOA, the Executive Committee honored Dr. Pellegrini by renaming the North American Traveling Fellowship Program as the Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., North America Traveling Fellowship Program.

About Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr.

As an AOA Past President and prior AOA North American Traveling Fellow and ASSH Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellow, Vin Pellegrini gifted one million dollars to the AOA in 2022 through the AOA’s Campaign for Tomorrow. Dr. Pellegrini is appreciative of the opportunities afforded him by the AOA and wishes to ensure the continued programming of the NATF in order to influence and cultivate the academic trajectory of early career orthopaedic faculty members aspiring to leadership roles in academic orthopaedics. He is grateful to be able to give back to the AOA community for its positive influence on his own career and the continued inspiration it provides to orthopaedic leaders and academicians.

Dr. Pellegrini served as Chair of three Orthopaedic Departments for a total of 27 years at Penn State, the University of Maryland, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He held leadership roles as President of The Hip Society, the Maryland Orthopaedic Association, the Medical Staff of the University of Maryland Medical Center, and was Chair of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges and a member of the AAMC Board of Directors. He served as Deputy Editor of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Orthopaedic Surgery, and has been an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for over 20 years. He received the Distinguished Clinician Educator award from the AOA in 2022. His clinical interests include total hip and knee arthroplasty and surgery of the hand, and his research interests include basal joint arthritis of the thumb, venous thromboembolism complicating total joint arthroplasty, heterotopic ossification, and the biology of fracture healing. His research has been funded by the Department of Defense and the US Army, and he serves as PI of the PEPPER Trial, funded by PCORI. His work has resulted in over 200 peer reviewed publications and the Charnley and Stinchfield Awards of the Hip Society, the Coventry Award of the Knee Society, and the Nicolas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Beyond caring for patients, his greatest professional interests are in resident and medical student education and academic medical center governance. He has been responsible for the education of more than 100 orthopaedic residents and 20 resident research fellows. He is a passionate advocate and sponsor for women in orthopaedics, a mentor to many, and an active champion for the missions of academic medicine through the AOA and AAMC. He humbly acknowledges that all of his accomplishments pale in comparison to the love and support he has received from Lisa, Nancy, and his three daughters over many decades.

About the Transformational Virgil P. Gibney Society

The highest giving level of the 1887 Circle is the Virgil P. Gibney Transformational Society. Dr. Gibney played an essential role in the AOA’s founding and served as the AOA’s first President. He is also the only person to have served as AOA President twice.

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