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For Immediate Release
November 03, 2023

Gregory W. Stocks, MD, Receives 2023 AAHKS Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, Humanitarian Award 


November 03, 2023 (Dallas, TX) – On Friday, November 3, during the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting, Gregory W. Stocks, MD, was presented with the prestigious 2023 Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, Humanitarian Award. Dr. Stocks has had the privilege of working with Walk Strong since 2019, where he brings state of the art, FDA approved, low-cost implants to surgeons and hospitals that provide humanitarian care for needy patients in Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Africa, specifically Ethiopia and Kenya.

It was from his earlier work in Middle East and then in Africa that Dr. Stocks noticed that access to hip and knee replacement surgeries were very limited for two reasons – the relatively high cost of implants and access to surgeons with adequate training to perform these operations. Because of these barriers, Walk Strong began.

This award recognizes Dr. Stocks’ efforts in creating this paradigm of providing high-quality, low-cost implants and training local surgeons, who work at appropriate charity hospitals, to use them to meet the needs of low- and middle-income countries. This same model is currently being developed in Kenya, and now these low-cost implants are significantly improving the local population and hospitals by providing life-changing operations with no financial loss.

“Our profession and our organization are fortunate to have selfless leaders like Dr. Stocks who provide care for patients in need regardless of where they reside. I congratulate Dr. Stocks for achieving this incredible milestone in his illustrious career,” said AAHKS President Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS.

Dr. Stocks graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is fellowship trained in bone and joint research and major joint reconstruction.

The Lawrence D. Dorr, MD Humanitarian Award recognizes AAHKS members who have distinguished themselves by providing humanitarian medical services and programs with a significant focus on musculoskeletal diseases and trauma including the hip and knee in the United States or abroad.

For more information on the Lawrence D. Dorr, MD Humanitarian Award, please go to www.AAHKS.org/Humanitarian.


About the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance hip and knee patient care through education, advocacy, research and outreach. AAHKS has a membership of over 5,000 surgeons and other hip and knee health care professionals.

Kenneth Robinson, Communications Manager

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