Koman Named Chair of Orthopaedics

August 17, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – L. Andrew Koman, M.D. has been named Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He replaces Gary G. Poehling, M.D., who has stepped down as Chair but remains a professor of orthopaedic surgery.
Koman, who has been on the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Medicine since 1981, is a professor of pediatrics, associate director for development and research for the division of surgical sciences, and director of the hand fellowship program. He received his medical degree from Duke University and completed an orthopaedic residency and a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at Duke. He was on the Duke faculty prior to joining Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Koman has received more than $3 million in grants and awards. He has been the recipient of the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery for his work on microcirculation and the Heune Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society in recognition of his work on cerebral palsy congenital hand deformities.
A member of 20 professional societies, Koman has served as president of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, the North Carolina Orthopaedic Society, the North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Southern Orthopaedic Association and the Southeastern Hand Club. He is president-elect of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
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