Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., MD, FAOA: Acknowledged as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession
Dr. Rockwood graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1956 and completed his orthopaedic residency at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Oklahoma and affiliated hospitals in 1961. He came to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1966 as founder of what would become the Department of Orthopaedics. In 1967, he participated in the AOA American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship program and often speaks of the strong impact this experience had on his career.
Over the years, Dr. Rockwood focused his private practice to the study and treatment of shoulder problems. He worked diligently to develop a shoulder arthroplasty system and a post-operative home-based exercise rehabilitation program for the shoulder. In addition, he has led his team of investigators in developing the fracture prosthesis specifically designed to treat Fractures of the Shoulder, the Conservative Anatomical Prosthesis, and the Cuff Tear Arthropathy Head.
Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks, including seven editions of the three-volume text, Fractures (with David P. Green, MD) and four editions of the two-volume text, The Shoulder (with Frederick A. Matsen, III, MD). He served as President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in 1984-85 and president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 1985-87. He also served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, and Civilian National Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force.
In 2016, Dr. Rockwood, Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Orthopaedics, and Director of the Shoulder Service, celebrated 50 years of service to the University of Texas Health Science Center. In his private practice, he continued to perform complex shoulder surgery and as a consultant, shared his expertise with other orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country.
Dr. Rockwood made a generous commitment in 2018 in the amount of $150,000 to the AOA, with $125,000 in support of the AOA’s ABC Traveling Fellowship in recognition of his passion for the program. The AOA acknowledges Dr. Rockwood’s legacy and honors him as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession.
– Bernard F. Morrey, MD, FAOA