CT Orthopaedic Society Bestows Highest Honor to John Fulkerson, MD

John P. Fulkerson, MD, received the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society’s 2016 Orthopaedist (COS) of the Year award. The award was presented by COS Immediate Past President and colleague, Ross Benthien, MD during the Annual Meeting held on May 13, 2016 in Farmington, CT.

Dr. Fulkerson was recognized for decades of exemplary patient care, orthopedic research, and medical education. An innovative surgeon, he has been at the forefront of treatment and research of patellofemoral disorders. He developed and popularized surgical techniques for treatment patellofemoral mal-alignment, instability, and related degenerative conditions.

As a full professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut, he helped establish the Sports Medicine Program and Fellowship, and over the course of more than 30 years, has trained scores of fellows and hundreds of residents. He is respected and beloved mentor to many of the members of the COS. Dr. Fulkerson continues to train the next generation of orthopedic surgeons while in private practice at Orthopaedic Associates of Hartford.

Dr. Fulkerson was a Founder and President of the Patellofemoral Foundation; has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the San Francisco Bay Area Knee Society; and was past president of the Greater Hartford Orthopedic Education and Research Foundation.

Dr. Fulkerson completed his medical and orthopedic training at Yale University and served in the U.S. Public Health Services at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Arizona.

His wife Lynn and son Barry, along with many orthopaedic surgeons in the audience who studied and mastered their surgical skill with Dr. Fullkerson, joined him for the presentation to recognize and honor his achievements.

fulkersonHonor2016Photo Caption: Orthopaedist of the Year, John Fulkerson, MD (right) receives award from Dr. Ross Benthien, MD (left), Immediate Past President of the CT Orthopaedic Society.