Sherman S. Coleman Humanitarian Award to Honor Renowned U Orthopedic Surgeon

Sherman S. Coleman Humanitarian Award to Honor Renowned U Orthopedic Surgeon

Sep 21, 2003 6:00 PM

Internationally renowned University of Utah orthopedic surgeon and teacher, Sherman S. Coleman, M.D., will be honored by the Utah State Orthopaedic Society as the first recipient of an award established in his name.

The Sherman S. Coleman Humanitarian Award will be presented on Friday, Sept. 26, at the society's 2003 meeting at Deer Valley. The award, established this year and to be presented annually hereafter, recognizes Coleman for his lifetime achievements in orthopedics, superb teaching skills, conscientious care of patients, contributions to scientific literature, and for his "strong sense of values and commitment to moral behavior."

Coleman, who is internationally known for his work in pediatric orthopedic surgery, came to the U School of Medicine in 1957 and headed the orthopedic surgery program until 1981. He was instrumental in the growth of orthopedics into a major surgical specialty at the U of U, and also held several national posts, including president of the American Orthopedics Association in 1978.

Coleman, professor of orthopedics, is internationally known for his expertise in tumors and skeletal deformities in children, as well as for two textbooks that are considered classics on treating pediatric congenital hip problems and foot deformities. But his primary professional interest for more than 40 years has been in surgical education. Medical students elected Coleman outstanding teacher of the year several times and colleagues say he is a major reason the U's orthopedic residency program is highly coveted nationwide. He taught classes for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for more than 30 years and has served as a distinguished visiting professor in orthopedic surgery at medical schools in the United States and abroad.

He has received every honor that can be given to an American surgeon, according to Dennis H. Gordon, M.D., president of the Utah State Orthopaedic Society.

"Dr. Coleman is one of these grand people who has established such lofty standards for all physicians to aspire to," Gordon said.

The award will be presented at a 7 p.m. dinner at the Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley.

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